Alternative Toilet Cleansers

by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated January 27, 2020)

Many household cleaning products on the market today are very toxic. Among the worst are oven cleaners, drain cleaners, and (you guessed it) toilet bowl cleaners. Not only are these chemicals risky to your family's health, but they're also risky to the environment. What's more, synthetic chemical cleaners can be financially costly, too. For those of you looking for alternatives, I will recommend several natural products and inexpensive methods you can use to get your toilets really clean.

  • Mix 1/4 cup baking soda into 1 cup white vinegar. Dump this mixture into the toilet bowl and let it fizz for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub it with a toilet bowl brush and flush. If you're just trying to clean off a toilet bowl ring, sprinkle baking soda around the rim and scrub the ring off.
  • Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice into 1 cup borax. Pour into toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub the toilet bowl well and flush. This method is helpful for removing stains and stubborn toilet bowl rings.
  • Another borax method is to sprinkle it on the sides of the toilet bowl after flushing. Then spray the bowl with white vinegar. Leave it alone overnight or for several hours before scrubbing.
  • Denture tablets make a great substitute cleanser. Drop 2 tablets into the bowl and let them dissolve, then scrub with a toilet brush until clean.
  • Combine liquid castile soap in the toilet bowl with either borax or baking soda. Scrub as you normally would, then flush.
  • Oxy-Flush is a good choice because it contains no chlorine and no acid. It sanitizes as well as removes hard water deposits. Safe and environmentally friendly, the downside of this product is that it's pretty expensive.
  • Auto-cleansers that stay in the toilet are helpful. They clean the toilet every time you flush. Although you won't have to scrub the toilet bowl as often, you'll still have to remember to change out the cleaner disks weekly or monthly.

I'm sure that one of these products or methods will provide a great alternative toilet bowl cleanser for you and your family.

Author Bio

Bonnie Roberts

MORE FROM BONNIE

Cleaning a Teapot

To keep your teapot functioning and looking its best, clean it by soaking it overnight in a solution of vinegar, baking ...

Discover More

Cleaning the Fireplace

Use this method for a clean, healthy fireplace. You'll need 1-2 hours of time, some protective and cleaning items, and ...

Discover More

Steam Cleaning Tile Floors

Steam cleaning is a great method to clean and disinfect any kind of floor. It works especially well on tile floors ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Clean Your Toilet the Easy Way

There are lots of ways you can clean your toilet, without resorting to expensive toilet cleaners. The methods covered in ...

Discover More

Toilet Cleaners

There are few things worse than a dirty toilet. Learn what works best for all sorts of toilet stains so that you don't ...

Discover More

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

What is the best way to clean a toilet bowl? There are multiple methods of cleaning the toilet for either mild or serious ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 - 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.