DIY Cleaning Products: Toilet Cleaner

Does your bathroom smell like a urinal? Living in a house of men has helped me to understand the science of the bowl. I dislike regular toilet cleaner for many reasons, mainly because most of the time you still have to scrub, and I really hate the smell of it.

There are lots of alternatives. My favorite is the dump and swish method.

You dump a cup of bleach in the toilet and swish it around. That’s the dump and swish. Even the most stubborn dirt comes off instantly. Plus bleach is super inexpensive, around $1.50 a gallon I think.

For those who prefer not to use bleach, here’s another idea.

Add 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and about 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your toilet bowl. Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic properties, did you know that? Swish around and watch the dirt get flushed away. You can also use a few drops of Grapefruit Oil or Lemon Oil for a sweet smell.

I read somewhere that clean has no scent. Interesting concept isn’t it? We are so used to clean having a powerful smell that we think that’s normal. It’s not. If something is clean, it shouldn’t smell. Only dirt has a scent, because it’s dirty. Hummm, something to ponder for the day.

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  1. says

    I’ll give your favorite formula a shot and maybe try to share some feedback. :] On another note, in the house, we don’t really aim for the no-scent clean. We like it better with some lemon grass or sweet orange oil.

  2. says

    I’ve also read an article that says, “If something is clean, it shouldn't smell.” I guess that depends on the situation, ‘cause nowadays we’re all fond of scented cleaning materials. Like Daryl, a choice between the lemon grass and sweet orange oil can give a shot of fragrance in the bathroom. 🙂

    [ Carmella Vancil ]

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