Clean Your Dirty Toilet with Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

DIY Toilet CleanerI love a sparkling clean toilet, but I admit my toilets can go a long time without being cleaned.  I detest cleaning my four toilets in my house and with little children, a big tall man, and well the occasional mishap things can get pretty gross.  I was amazed at how those simple household products saved my pee stained mattress and I thought what else could simple household products clean.  The main reason I hardly ever clean my toilets is I have small children who are ALWAYS with me and the thought of using harsh chemicals around them is a no-go.  I tried several different methods, but found an easy, cheap and safe way to clean your toilet without too much fuss.
Household Products you need:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1 Cup White Vinegar or I have a spray bottle designated to hold vinegar all the time

A bucket or large bowl to hold water to flush your toilet

Toilet brush and sponge to wipe your toilet down

DIY Toilet CleanerHow to clean your toilet using baking soda and vinegar:

  1. Pour large bowl or bucket full of water into your toilet.  This flushes your toilet without refilling it with water.
  2. Take 1 cup of baking soda and sprinkle it all over the inside of your toilet making sure you get it under the front rim where pee tends to build up.
  3. Use a spray bottle of vinegar to spray all over the baking soda and inside of your toilet.  The baking soda and vinegar will have a bubbling reaction, let this mixture sit about 10 minutes.
  4. When the time is up grab your toilet bowl brush and clean like normal, your toilet bowl will look like new and be sparkling clean.
  5. The rim, seat and body of your toilet you clean in a similar way except you sprinkle some baking soda on your sponge or paper towel and then spray or pour your vinegar on it.  Simply take your sponge and wipe down your toilet surfaces, flush your toilet and you are done.  It is easy, safe, and way cheaper than the chemical cleaners.
  6. If you have pee around the base of your toilet on the floor sprinkle baking soda and spray with vinegar let sit five minutes and wipe up clean for a clean floor and no pee smell.

If you have a really dirty toilet and there is hard water staining or build up you can also use a pumis stone to get those stains even a chemical cleaner cannot touch.

Happy Cleaning of your throne – let me know in the comments if you try this and how it worked for you.  :)




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  1. Bettina says

    Tyvm for posting this. My son no matter what can’t keep from making a mess! I remember making volcanos with baking soda and vinegar never would have thought about using the combo to clean.

    • says

      You are welcome Bettina I am shocked at how these common household items clean so well. That toilet had not been cleaned in who knows how long :/, but with very little scrubbing it came clean as new. Thanks for the comment and please check back for more cleaning posts in the next month. Amee

  2. says

    Hi Amee. I’ve got a stained toilet bowl and have had trouble cleaning it. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks so much. I also have a linky party called “Thriving on Thursdays” here in Australia and would love it if you linked this idea up for my followers. We’re all looking for fuss free, money saving ideas. Thanks so much.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

    • says

      Hi Anne, Thanks for stopping by and glad I can be of some help. I hope this helps your toilet it sure worked on mine and my toilet pictured was really bad. I cannot remember the last time it was cleaned I know really bad. I will go and link up thanks for the tip and I hope your readers enjoy it. :) Amee

  3. says

    Hmmmm… I will have to try that one! Thanks for sharing. I try to keep as many chemicals out of the house as I can, but for toilets, I haven’t been that successful… honestly still use bleach (and hate it)!

    • says

      Hi Jen,

      I love your blog! It works really well and I have not had to buy any name brand toilet cleaner. I am slowly learning about how vinegar and baking soda can clean a number things.


  4. Crystal says

    What about for toilets that refill even after pouring massive mats of water down. I think it’s one of the newer low flow Eco styles.

    • says

      Hi Crystal,
      Well my only thought is turn off the water supply to that toilet and flush it until the tank is empty and then clean as directed. Then turn your water back on and it should work. A bit annoying, but if it will not quit filling up that would be my only solution.

      :) Amee

  5. Missy says

    Vinegar is a great fabric softener . I have been using it as a fabric softener on the rinse cycle for years! Works really well for jeans if u hang them on the line. It also helps to keep them from fading.

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