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DIY NonToxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

DIY NonToxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Recently, I tried an experiment of a DIY nontoxic toilet bowl cleaner I had seen used on T.V.  I wasn’t sure really how well it would clean the toilet. So I tried it twice. One with fairly clean toilet, the other with a dirty toilet. I was shocked at how fast and easy it was to clean, and better yet, there were no toxic chemicals to inhale or leaks in the toilet cleaner caps (that I usually experience).

What you need: vinegar, baking soda, toilet scrub brush, gloves, and a spray bottle full of 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water (optional)…. And of course a dirty toilet.

Honestly, I debated back and forth about adding a picture of the ‘before’ or not. But I wanted a toilet that was actually dirty to test this on so I waited until mine was. The results can be seen at the bottom. If you don’t want to see the dirty toilet skim over the second photo you see.

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Step 1- Sprinkle about 1/2 Cup to 1 Cup (just eye it) all over in the toilet bowl. I tried to get higher up on the bowl as well.

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Step 2- Pour about 1-2 Cups of Vinegar into the toilet bowl.

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Step 3- Stand back while the mixture bubbles up and fizzes (cleans).

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Step 4- Take your vinegar water and spray the areas where the baking soda has not fizzled up yet (where its still solid).

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Step 5- You can scrub immediately (it took about 11 seconds until step 5) but I let it sit for about 3 minutes because this toilet was dirty. Then use a scrub brush and clean the bowl well, flush.

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

That’s it. Now you can create an INEXPENSIVE nontoxic toilet bowl cleaner in 11 seconds or less as well!

DIY All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

Check out how I clean a bathroom in 7 minutes or less using just baking soda, vinegar, and water here.

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51 Responses to DIY NonToxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner in 11 Seconds or Less

  1. Marla Jones says:

    I betcha you could clean out a commercial bottle and use it, then you’d have a bottle with a neck that can reach the underside.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Marla- Great idea! It would just either have to be the vinegar or the baking soda (not combined though). Perhaps you could do a bottle of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar and then use them separately! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Awesome tip! You had me at “11 seconds or less.” 🙂

  3. JayJay says:

    I thought I was the only person in the U.S. with that crappy stuff in my water!! The toilet in the unused lavatory lets me know it IS the water.
    Whew–thanks for the picture.

    I lived in Tennessee for 57 years and never had a problem with dirty toilets and cleaned about once a week when I worked; in Ky., my neighbor says she cleans her toilets every day.
    I will now try your method.

  4. Loralee says:

    I wish this was safe or a septic tank. I suppose it could be if equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar were used so as to neutralize the reaction… I’ll do some research…
    Loralee

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Yeah I can’t say if it’s safe or not. If regular toilet bowl cleaners are safe with septic as I understand them to be, I’m not sure why this wouldn’t be because the reaction stops before you flush. Check back and let me know what you find!

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  7. Shirley says:

    It didn’t appear that you had hard water build up to deal with. That presents a more challenging problem. I’ve been known to take a glass cleaning razor to it. It works, but…

    Thanks for the advice though. Love these blogs. You are all talented ladies.

  8. Amanda Carroll says:

    It’s good for septic systems! Trying this today!

  9. Kicks says:

    I don’t get why this is better? is it a cheaper option or or are the commercial toilet cleaners unsafe healthwise or something? Cuz I see a lot of these DIY cleaning tips and they almost ALL include vinegar and baking soda but these items aren’t free. In my country they are rather pricey! So why would I choose these over buying a bottle of toilet bowl cleaner off the shelves at the store? I guess I need some more education on this topic.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      It is much cheaper for us in the states (vinegar and baking soda are really inexpensive here) and more environmentally friendly—esp when people have septic tanks. Toilet bowl cleaner for us is kind of pricey and I have problems with the caps breaking quite often and leaking. And its safer for kids. That said if none of those issues apply to you, just use regular toilet bowl cleaner. Thanks for asking!

    • A says:

      Commercial toilet cleaners contain many toxic chemicals which are harmful to your brain, lungs, and liver, not to mention the environment. Baking soda and vinegar won’t fill the air in your house with toxins. If it isn’t safe enough to eat, it isn’t safe to breath in or put on your skin.

    • Angie says:

      I use vinegar for a lot of my cleaning. A 50:50 mixture of vinegar and water leaves streak free mirrors, especially if you use a coffee filter to wipe it away (same with windows). Also, I put baking soda down my bathroom sinks and then follow with vinegar and let that sit. Then follow that with hot water. This works to somewhat declog a drain and freshen it up.

  10. Krista Curry says:

    I find the toilet bowl cleaner great! I am glad that I found your cleaning recipe. The pictures are really helpful! Thank you!

  11. Barbara says:

    Sprinkle? Don’t you mean SPRAY? I ask because there is liquid here your using. Maybe you type the wrong word.

  12. connie says:

    My kitchen sink was really plugged. I had read that baking soda and vinegar would open the drain. So I tried it repeatedly and after about 4 times and I used 1 cup soda and 1 cup vinegar. The sink cleared. Hooray

  13. A says:

    I have cleaned toilets with this method for quite some time. I use a Dollar Tree shaker jar to sprinkle the baking soda. It’s one of those glass jars with the holey metal lid, like the kind pizza restaurants have on the table filled with Parmesan cheese or crushed red pepper flakes. I find it’s the best way to get the baking soda in all corners of the inside of the bowl. Also, letting the baking soda and vinegar sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing helps to easily dislodge tough spots.

  14. HELEN BLANK says:

    What a great idea! I have used baking soda and vinegar to unclog drains. I never thought to.use it for cleaning. Will be trying this later today. I have asthma and really do not like using the chemical cleaning products. Thanks so.much for this idea.

  15. Jenn says:

    I thought that baking soda and vinegar neutralized each other? I read that they create a chemical reaction that doesn’t clean, it just makes bubbles. I have used it to clear a drain clog, which worked.

  16. Jackie says:

    I heard that the vinegar will break up clogs in the toilet. My granddaughter uses excessive amounts of toilet paper and we have had an “explosion” of toilet stuff overflow. Once I discovered that vinegar will help break down the toilet paper, I haven’t had an overflow, but again, I’ve told her 7 pieces of toilet paper for number 2 and no more. But for real, who counts sheets of toilet paper?

  17. Mary Jane says:

    I used it and it didn’t work. Bleach is better and faster

  18. Amanda says:

    I am fixing to go clean my toilet. Whit all the good results I am sure it will sparkle. Thanks for the tip.

  19. Kristine says:

    How is it as a disinfectant? I love the idea of a sparkling toilet, but I am really concerned about smelly bacteria.

  20. Kay Comer says:

    I’ve used vinegar and baking soda for years to clean kitchen and bathroom sinks. Together they can clear a slow running drain in 3-4 minutes (pour in a little vinegar – sprinkle in a little baking soda and pour in a little more vinegar – it will BUBBLE LIKE CRAZY – then flush with hot water) and it doesn’t take much of either one.

  21. Pia says:

    You have a lot of flushing water in the toilet bowl. In our country we have less than half that in the bowl. You are wasting good water I’m sorry to say.
    I use this method too. No chemical cleaning in my house.
    Soda and vinegar and water. And hard work. You’re seldom hurt by hard work.

  22. Elsa says:

    A better alternative to pumice is to us 1000 grit wet and dry sand paper. 1000 grit wet and dry paper is very fine and will not scratch. In many instances the wet and dry paper will clean everything without any chemicals, just a little light scrubbing will take care of most stains. A pack will last for years and most of the time the paper can be reused as it rinses clean after using.

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