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Switching to Green Cleaning: Natural Toilet Cleaner 

Cleaning the toilet may not be one of my most favorite things to do, but using ingredients that require skeletons on the packaging makes my heart sink.

Although you may feel like you’re eradicating any possibility of germs, you really don’t need harmful ingredients to clean your toilet. In fact, after trying many different options I’ve found a highly effective natural toilet cleaner that actually get’s the job done!

 

What is Green Cleaning?

Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet. 

The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.

If you haven’t, grab my free Ebook: green cleaning for beginners. Another great resource is this Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.

 

Green Cleaning Effectively

Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time! 

Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient! 

But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations. 

Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.

To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:

  • Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier 
  • Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly 
  • How to use natural cleaning ingredients
  • Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
  • Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks

If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!

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Natural Toilet Cleaner Ingredients

These are my favorite natural ingredients to make an effective glass & mirror cleaner.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most incredible ingredients to clean your home and even safe to eat.

Use for: Removing dirt, grease, grime, and odors.

Ingredient Caution: Unless you want to waste money, never combine baking soda and vinegar (they neutralize each other).

Super Washing Soda 

Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate, is a super strong base that is able to destroy organic tissue. 

Use for: Although not edible like baking soda, it is amazing at cutting grease, oil, wax, and scour away stains!

Ingredient Caution: It is more abrasive than baking soda it can scratch delicate surfaces. Wear reusable gloves when handling it too!

Salt

Salt is a mineral that adds grit to green cleaners.

Use for: I use more coarse salt to scrub pots and pans and finer salt to make homemade dish detergent. 

You can use any salt at a bargain, it will work just the same!

Unscented Castile Soap

Unscented Castile Soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap that is great at cleaning and gentle on the skin. Bars and liquid are amazing for different uses. 

Use for: Castile soap is used to clean just about anything: from hands to laundry!

Ingredient Caution: Castile soap should never be combined with vinegar and I would not recommend washing your hair with it.

Essential Oils

Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.

Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.

Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide might sound a little scary but break down harmlessly into water and oxygen.

Use for: a great natural alternative to bleach to brighten fabric and lighten tough stains. I also use it in my all-purpose bathroom cleaning scrub.

Ingredient caution: Never combine hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. This creates peracetic acid which is highly corrosive and can cause lung damage. 

Toilet Brush

For any brushes, I tend to go Redecker. You name it and they probably have it! They are natural, practical, long-lasting and beautiful.

I use all sorts from dishwashing brushes, scrubbing brushes, bottle brushes to their toilet brush.

Microfiber Cloths

When used wet, together with an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom cleaner, it will make disinfecting and scrubbing quick and easy. They’re also inexpensive, reusable and long-lasting if you refrain from washing them with fabric softener or chlorine bleach.

Glass (Spray) Containers

You’ll need a few glass spray bottles to DIY a few effective cleaners. Although this picture doesn’t do them justice, in addition to being durable and eco-friendly, these from Kuishi are gorgeous too! 

Storage bottles or mason jars are super convenient for safekeeping dry products like my powder toilet cleaner, but also carpet deodorizer or even natural dry shampoo.

Green Toilet Cleaning Recipes

Some of you prefer to work with a powder cleaner that has a long shelf life, while others prefer a liquid cleaner because it’s easier to distribute. Luckily, I got both those covered below. Additionally, as I’ve mentioned in my beginner’s guide to green cleaning, cleaning is NOT the same as disinfecting which is why I’ve included the disinfecting spray at the bottom for you also.

Liquid Toilet Cleaner

In a 500mL glass bottle add:

Shake until combined and before each use. Distribute the cleaning solution to your toilet bowl – a toilet brush might make this easier – and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. Then scrub your toilet with a toilet brush and flush. 

I love using citrus oils, clove bud, lavender and/or melaleuca essential oil in my toilet cleaner.

Normally, you’ll find combinations like these in squeeze bottles but because I don’t want to use plastic anymore on account of using essential oils (which react with plastic) and our planet, I prefer using glass (spray) bottles. If you find that it’s not so easy for the liquid to come out, either dilute farther with water or put some on your toilet brush and use directly.

As this cleaning combination uses water, make as much as you need for your toilet and don’t use longer than a week.

Powder Toilet Cleaner

In a mason jar combine:

Make sure the ingredients are combined thoroughly and dust the inside of the toilet bowl and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Use a toilet brush to scrub the toilet with the powder before flushing the toilet.

I love using citrus oils, clove bud, lavender and/or melaleuca essential oil in my toilet cleaner.

I like using this cleaner with a top that has holes that I can screw onto my mason jar when I’m ready to use it. The jar is closed with a regular lid to keep air out when I’m not using it. 

 

Disinfecting Spray

I’m not a huge fan of trying to disinfect every little thing but I do like using this disinfectant spray, especially around the toilet. 

Simply get a big bottle of simple white vinegar or pull out the big guns and use a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and replace the top with a spray nozzle. Spray on the sides of the toilet bowl, let sit for 20-30 minutes and flush or rinse. 

 

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Natural Toilet Cleaner

Gone are the days where you’re only choice is to use heavy duty stuff that can harm your skin and your lungs. Using natural cleaners for your toilet is a super easy way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives. 

Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.

Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my FREE ebook: green cleaning for beginners!

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