Table of contents
1 | What you'll need
2 | How it's done
3 | Other Solutions
4 | That was easy!
If you're just venturing into the world of green living, the most difficult task to take on might be how to clean toilets naturally. It's a little different than how you might clean other areas of your house, even the exterior of the toilet.

Thanks to bacteria buildup, calcium deposits and other minerals commonly found in your water supply, your toilet bowl will probably have a brownish ring around it. Calcium deposits tend to be worse with hard water and because 85% of water in the United States is hard, it's an issue that is practically unavoidable. Deposits clog the rim ports, causing a slower water flow into the bowl. This can lead to a weak flush, and when water flow is not hard enough, waste builds up.

So, how do you clean a toilet to remove those pesky stains? Scrubbing toilets is no fun, so you want to know what truly works before you roll up your sleeves and get started. Here are a few natural ways to get that toilet clean:

1 | What you'll need
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 20 drops essential oils (tea tree, lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, sweet orange, and/or lemon)
2 | How it's done
  1. Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl. Make sure to coat the sides too!
  2. Pour a 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet.
  3. Scrub your toilet with a toilet brush.
  4. Flush!
3 | Other Solutions, more stain removal recipesimage

1. Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods

  1. Drop the pod/s into the toilet.
  2. Wait 2-3 minutes for the pod/s to disolve.
  3. Use your toilet bowl brush srub the toilet.

2. Baking Soda and Soap

  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 20 drops essential oils (tea tree, lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, sweet orange, and/or lemon)
You probably have these ingedients in your house already, here's what to do
  1. Mix the ingredients in an old squirt bottle.
  2. Apply the solution directly onto the sides of the toilet bowl.
  3. Scrub with a toilet brush - the soap in this recipe adds to the cleansing power of the mix. Note: You can add essential oils for a great fragrance!

3. Borax and Lemon Juice

  • Borax
  • Lemon Juice
This one's simple, just the way cleaning should be:
  1. Mix two parts borax with one part lemon juice.
  2. Apply to the stain.
  3. Scrub with a toilet brush.

4. Borax and Vinegar

  • ¾ cup of borax
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 15 drops of essential oil
This non-toxic cleaning recipe is meant to be used overnight:
  1. Make sure the sides of the toilet are wet before you apply the mixture.
  2. Mix a cup of white vinegar with ¾ cup of borax.
  3. Add 15 drops of essential oils for a great fragrance - Apartment Therapy suggests using orange Kool-Aid.
4 | That was Easy imageYou don't have to choose between toxic and complicated. One of the common misconceptions of toilet cleaning without the potent, toxic solutions you can buy at the store is that it's complicated. It's not! In fact, most homes already have the ingredients necessary to have a clean toilet bowl, so no trip to the store is even necessary. You may decide to pick up a few essential oils later, but are optional. It really only takes about five minutes to whip up a mix that won't come with noxious fumes and chemicals that could be harmful to your family's health. You'll probably save some money, too! What are your favorite DIY bathroom cleaning solutions? More cleaning solutions
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