I am on the rampage to replace the cleaning products around our home to natural, chemical free alternatives.
First stop, the smallest room in the house.
I went to clean the toilet today. Off I go and grabbed the Toilet Duck and started squirting, scrubbing away. Ewwww I thought, yes, cleaning the dunny is not my fav cleaning job but another reason for my ewwww goes to the all the chemical crap that is in the bottle, that chemical crap that is going into our toilet, that chemical crap that is going down the drain, that chemical crap that is floating around our waterways and lingering the air….that me and my family are being exposed to. Alright, that’s it, and just like that, I tossed the chemical cleaner into the bin.
Bye bye duckie. What am I going to use now?…..
I’ve been wondering how to best use Baking Soda and Vinegar as a toilet cleaner for a while now. Yes, these are amongst the things I think about on a typical day lol.
I like to think of Baking soda as the swiss army knife substance for the home. It’s amazing stuff. Its uses are wide and varied. Top of the list for me is it’s excellent ability to deodorise and it’s texture lends itself to be an effective cleaner. Vinegar has equal natural magical powers making it incredibly useful in natural cleaning preparations.
And then there is another natural gift from mother nature that I love, love, love – Essential oils!
I use essential oils in my skincare products all-the-time because they are simply – amazing! So after a bit of tweaking here’s my toilet cleaner recipe I came up with. I hope you make it, try it and love it as much as I do.
This recipe takes about 10mins to make – time may vary depending on interruption level of small children, pets and/or husband – lol 🙂
Baking Soda or Bi-carbonate Soda (different names but the same product)
Empty Spray Bottle
Empty Glass jar or empty talc bottle
As this is a toilet cleaning product the essential oils you use should lend themselves to being cleansing, purifying and antibacterial in nature. I like Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Pine and/or Clove.
Once the essential oils have been thoroughly mixed through pour into a glass jar or empty talc bottle which makes application easier.
Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle.
How to use:
- Sprinkle the Baking Soda mixture (1-2 tablespoons) into the toilet bowl sides and leave that sit for 10-20 minutes.
- After approx 20minutes spray the vinegar into the toilet bowl over the baking soda. A slight foaming action will occur, the products are reacting together and starting to break down all the gunk in the bowl.
- Using your toilet brush, get scrubbing and clean the toilet as normal.
This cleaner works well to clean your bathroom sink and shower too. Replace that bottle of Jif with this natural homemade cleaning product and your sink and loo will be sparkling and smelling naturally clean in no time!
Using natural homemade products has so many benefits. They are surprisingly cheap to make, it’s incredibly satisfying creating them (well I find it to be so) they are a naturally safer alternative for you and your family, they are safe for our environment and best of all, they work!
It feels great knowing our home is becoming free from harsh chemicals, one step at a time 🙂
Naturally, I’ve been using my own range of chemical free skincare and body products for years now. Oh how I wish it did it long ago. I’ve always loved natural skincare and have had an interest in natural remedies for years but I was lured into believing the hype and got sucked into the big brand skincare products, the expensive facial treatments, searching for that miracle cure….ugh, makes me feel sick thinking about it ~ when I could and should have been using natural products and remedies the entire time. I swear I would have got just as good, no, I would have got better results had of I used a simple regime using pure, natural, quality ingredients. Another case of less being more.
Oh well, we live and learn don’t we!
Now I need to work on creating a natural washing powder – any thoughts or experiences on homemade natural products are welcome. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to discuss and join in on the conversation.
Bye for now,