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DIYers - Make the Best Green Toilet Bowl Cleaner Yourself

written by: Connie Luayon•edited by: BStone•updated: 7/15/2010

Organic toilet bowl cleaners are easy to prepare, cost-effective and friendly to the environment. Choose the best organic toilet bowl cleaner from among 4 recipes included in this article.

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    Why Use a Natural Cleaner?

    Though it may not be possible to make your home 100% toxin-free, you can take measures to minimize the toxins you use. You can start by doing away with commercial cleaning aids that contain strong fumes and harmful synthetic chemicals. Replace these artificial products with natural products. They are cheaper, easy to prepare and just as effective.

    Lemons cleanse and deodorize Begin your low-tox household cleaning project by making the best organic toilet bowl cleaner. The ingredients for making it are probably found in your kitchen already: distilled white vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemons. All these are non-toxic substances which are ecologically safe. You will need borax, too — a mineral mined from the earth.

    Below are 4 various recipes for making your own eco-friendly toilet bowl cleaner. Most of these cleaners work best when freshly mixed. If you wish to store some of them, pour them into clean jars and tighten the lids. Keep them in a locked cabinet where young children and pets cannot find them.

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    Recipes for Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaners

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner #1 (General Cleaner and Disinfectant)

    You will need:

    • ½ cup borax
    • 1 gallon warm water

    Preparation and use:

    1. Dissolve borax in water.
    2. Apply with a sponge.

    The cleaning power of borax:

    Borax has chemical properties that contribute to its cleaning power. Borax and other borates clean and bleach by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This reaction is more favorable in warm or hot water. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron prevent the multiplication of many organisms. This allows borax to disinfect and kill unwanted microorganisms.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner #2 (General Cleaner and Disinfectant)

    You will need:

    • ½ cup household ammonia
    • ½ cup washing soda
    • 1 gallon medium-warm water

    Preparation and use:

    1. Mix the ingredients in a pail.
    2. After washing, rinse with clear water.
    3. Store in clean bottle and use as needed.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner #3 (General Cleanser and Deodorizer)

    You will need:

    • baking soda
    • vinegar

    Preparation and use:

    1. Sprinkle some baking soda into the bowl.
    2. Drizzle with vinegar.
    3. Scour with a toilet brush.

    The cleaning power of vinegar:

    Vinegar is mainly a dilute aqueous solution of acetic acid. The acid part of vinegar is what gives it its sour taste and its antiseptic (germ killing) properties.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner #4 (Scouring Powder)

    You will need:

    • salt
    • sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
    • vinegar or fresh lemon juice

    Preparation and use:

    1. Mix salt and sodium bicarbonate in equal quantities.
    2. Rub dirty surfaces with a moist cloth or a scouring pad.
    3. Add a tablespoon of bicarbonate soda, vinegar or fresh lemon juice to the liquid mixture for cleaning very dirty surfaces.
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    The best organic toilet bowl cleaner is one that uses the most natural ingredients. Make one today and share your recipe with family and friends. Living the low-tox life begins at home.

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    Sources

    Print:

    • Hunter, Linda Mason (1989) The Healthy Home: An Attic-to-Basement Guide to Toxin-Free Living. United States of America. St. Martin's Press.
    • Henderson, Michael ed. (1992) The Reader's Digest Family Guide to Alternative Medicine. Sydney. Reader's Digest.

    Online:

    • How Does Borax Clean? - http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/a/howboraxworks.htm
    • Properties of Vinegar - http://www.enzyme-facts.com/properties-of-vinegar.html

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