It’s been since I’ve lived at home with my parents that I’ve anything but natural cleaning products.
I have found that most natural cleaning products do the trick, and even using the simple staples such as baking soda, washing soda, vinegar and a sturdy spray bottle are all one really needs to get the job done. However, sometimes there are ‘greasy, grimy gopher guts’ as our girls call them–jobs where you need a little more elbow grease than the above.
Typically what I have in the house is either a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner or a bottle of all purpose natural cleaner from the co-op that I pour into empty spray bottles, add water and 20-30 drops of the two essential oils that strike my fancy at the time.
To clean our toilets, I would spray the inside down with the all purpose cleaner with Thieves & Lemon Oil, then let sit for a few minutes, scrub with a pumice stone, flush and walk away, however, I have noticed that as of late it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick as well as usual.
Another friend suggests just spraying the inside of your toilet with white vinegar, walk away for 20 minutes, come back and just wipe the inside away with the toilet brush.
Our toilet has become one of those ‘greasy grimy gopher guts’ jobs which is not getting cleaned to my satisfaction. My first online search led me to Pinterest, then to Facebook, then to Wellness Mama where I found this recipe. I didn’t have extra baking soda on hand but had washing soda, so grabbed some citric acid from the hardware store down the street and put together my recipe with two essential oils and gave it a try.
The result? Amazing. So amazing I’m kicking myself for not taking a before and after picture. I actually didn’t think it would be as clean as it is — it literally sparkles, and the nooks and crannies I couldn’t get into before released their gunk, and the part of me that loves gross stuff was oh, so satisfied. See below for how to clean your toilet naturally with essential oils.
How to get your toilet uber clean, naturally:
Natural Toilet Cleaner
- 2 cups super washing soda I used Arm & Hammer
- 2/3 cup citric acid
- 20 drops each Purification & Eucalyptus Radiata oils from Young Living
- Pour the washing soda and citric acid into blender and pulverize (my washing soda was chunky so needed to be softened so you may be able to skip this step).
- Pour both into large bowl next to your silicone mold.
- Add in essential oil drops and stir.
- Using a one cup measuring cup, I slowly added water while stirring. It fizzles a bit when you pour the water, but keep adding and stirring until it clumps together.
- I poured and patted these clumps into my silicone molds (it made 11 of them...that's 11 times I don't have to use elbow grease to clean my toilet!), let them sit overnight to harden and store in a glass container next to the toilet.
- When ready to use, put one in the toilet, walk away and wait until it dissolves. Gently wipe away edges with a toilet bowl cleaner and flush.
Using these ideas you can avoid the noxious chemicals and toxins in regular cleaning products. These toxicities are known to cause everything from headaches to skin, eye and respiratory irritations.
Get your hands on the Thieves Household Cleaner and essential oils I mentioned HERE.