Make-it Monday: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

make-it monday: toilet bowl cleanerWhy is this a great toilet bowl cleaner? It’s safe, inexpensive, easy to make, and IT WORKS! You’ll notice it’s similar to my all-purpose surface cleaner recipe.  I don’t use baking soda in my all-purpose surface cleaner because the baking soda left a film on my counters and call me crazy, but I don’t want to wipe them down twice. However, the baking soda is a great abrasive to help scrub the toilet and I don’t care if there is any left over when I’m done scrubbing. I would never imagine using the same “tidy bowl” cleaner from the stores on my counters. But these ingredients work- so why recreate the wheel?

Read about why I am cleaning naturally and what you need to get started.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner


1 squirt bottle like this– I bought mine at Wal-Mart for less
1 glass bottle to store excess cleaner (I use an old vodka bottle. Any clean bottle with a lid will work)

1 ¾ c distilled water
¼ c castile soap (here; I use peppermint)
2 TBSP baking soda
1 tsp (20 drops) essential oil (here; I use lemon or citrus blend)


  1. Heat water (stove top or microwave) to dissolve the baking soda. This does not need to be boiling, just hot enough to dissolve it. Mixing with cold ingredients makes a clumpy mess.

  2. Add water mixture, castile soap, and essential oils to glass bottle.

  3. Gently shake to mix.

  4. Let rest and then pour into your squeeze bottle for easy use.

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