I just ran out of toilet bowl cleaner, so I had to make some more which gave me a chance to take some pictures and write a post on my “recipe” for this stuff! This stuff WORKS!!! Not only that, but it smells amazing! This is SO much better than the toxic stuff that can seriously affect our health! Most store bought toilet bowl cleaners contain chemicals that can cause skin burns, respiratory distress from inhaled fumes, and eye irritation. These are just the acute affects. Some of the chemicals found in toilet bowl cleaners can cause long term health issues such as cancer and hormone disruption as well.
EWG has a “cleaner’s database hall of shame” that I came across when I clicked on the following pin that I found on Pinterest.
Both of the toilet bowl cleaners on this pin are on this list as major offenders when it comes to toxic chemicals. I also came across an article at organicconsumers.org that states the following:
“The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, according to Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition. Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia, which produce fumes that are highly irritating to eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and should not be used by people with asthma or lung or heart problems. These two chemicals pose an added threat in that they can react with each other or other chemicals to form lung-damaging gases. Combining products that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye (in some oven cleaners) produces chloramine gases, while chlorine combined with acids (commonly used in toilet bowl cleaners) forms toxic chlorine gas.”
There is a lot of information out there stating that toilet bowl cleaners contain chemicals that are terrible for our health. This is just another reason why I make all of my cleaners myself using safe and non-toxic ingredients. It’s also much cheaper which really helps the pocketbook of a neat freak like myself.
Here is my recipe for toilet bowl cleaner.
TOILET BOWL CLEANER
- 1/4 cup liquid castille soap (I use peppermint scented dr. Bronners for this recipe)
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
- Essential oils: I use tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, orange, and lime (smells SO good)
Pour all the ingredients into a squirt bottle (you can use any bottle that squirts – I used an empty hydrogen peroxide bottle. You could also use an empty dish soap bottle, ketchup bottle…anything that squirts – you get the picture. Shake to combine well. Squirt into the toilet and use a toilet brush to clean then flush! Sparkly clean!
Safe, effective, and smells great without putting your health at risk! Perfect! Enjoy! 🙂