Fresh, Clean, and Green: How to Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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Keeping a clean and hygienic bathroom is important for maintaining good health and a pleasant living environment. 

Unfortunately, many commercial toilet bowl cleaners can be harsh, expensive, and contain chemicals that can be harmful to our health and the environment. 

But don’t worry, there’s a simple solution: making your own homemade toilet bowl cleaner. Not only is it cost-effective, but it’s also easy to make and customize to your liking. 

In this article, we will be going through a step-by-step guide on how to make a homemade toilet bowl cleaner, as well as the benefits of using one and how often you should be cleaning your toilet bowl.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of essential oils (such as tea tree, lemon, or eucalyptus)
  • Toilet brush
  • Cleaning gloves


  1. Start by pouring the baking soda into the toilet bowl.
  2. Slowly pour the white vinegar into the bowl, being careful as the two ingredients will fizz.
  3. Add the essential oils to the mixture.
  4. Wear your cleaning gloves. Use a toilet brush to scrub the entire interior of the bowl, paying special attention to the rim and under the rim.
  5. Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Flush the toilet several times to rinse out the bowl.

Benefits of Using a Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Cost-effective: You can make a large batch of this cleaner for a fraction of the cost of commercial cleaners.
  • Environmentally friendly: Homemade cleaners do not contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment.
  • Customizable: You can add essential oils to customize the scent of the cleaner.
  • Safe for septic systems: Homemade toilet bowl cleaners are typically free of harsh chemicals that can damage or disrupt the balance of a septic system. This is especially important for those who have a septic system at home.
  • Can be used for multiple cleaning purposes: The ingredients used in homemade toilet bowls cleaners, such as baking soda and white vinegar, can also be used for other cleaning purposes around the home. This saves money and storage space.
  • Control over ingredients: When you make your own toilet bowl cleaner, you have full control over the ingredients that are being used, allowing you to avoid any ingredients that you may be allergic to or sensitive to. This is especially beneficial for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

How Often Should You Clean Your Toilet Bowl?

It is recommended to clean your toilet bowl at least once a week to keep it fresh and hygienic. 

If you have a larger household or if multiple people use the same bathroom, you may need to clean it more frequently. 

Additionally, it’s also a good idea to give your toilet a deeper clean every few months.

Important Reminder:

It is important to note that while a homemade toilet bowl cleaner can be a great alternative for regular cleaning, there may be instances where it is necessary to hire a professional cleaner. 

For example, if your toilet is severely stained or has a persistent odor that cannot be removed with regular cleaning, it may be a sign that deeper cleaning is needed. 

Additionally, if you have not properly maintained your toilet and it is in a state of disrepair, it may be best to call a professional plumber to address the issue. In such cases, a professional cleaner would have access to more powerful cleaning solutions and specialized tools that can effectively address the problem. 

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re unsure about the condition of your toilet or if you’re unable to remove stains or odors with regular cleaning, it’s best to contact a professional.


In conclusion, making your own homemade toilet bowl cleaner is a no-brainer. It’s cheap and easy and you get to avoid all the harsh chemicals that are just bad news for your health and the environment. 

Plus, you can customize it to your own liking by adding your favorite essential oils. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a fresh-smelling toilet?

Cleaning your toilet bowl regularly is like taking your car for a wash, it just makes everything look and feel better. 

So, don’t be a stranger to your toilet, give it some love and attention once a week and you’ll have a happy and shiny toilet in no time. And remember, a clean toilet is a happy toilet. Go on, give it a try.

Want to learn more toilet cleaning tips? Read How to Clean Your Toilet Bowl with Baking Soda if you have time.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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