Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here. I tried the whole baking soda toilet cleaner thing – but I felt like my toilet never really got clean. I mean, sure it looked clean immediately after I was done; but it seemed to get dirty again really quickly. Much more quickly than when I used store-bought cleaners.
Now, to be clear, I always tried to use store-bought cleaners that aimed for environmentally friendly ingredients. But I still felt a bit skeptical about their non-toxicity claims and the environmental impacts of manufacturing such products. I really wanted the baking soda thing to work. Really, I did. But I eventually gave up because I was cleaning my toilet every couple of days, which made me think it wasn’t really getting clean.
Then I came across this post by Living Well Spending Less (one of my absolute favorite blogs, by the way). In Green & Thrifty Cleaning Products, Ruth not only gives her recipe for a baking soda based toilet cleaner, she also explains HOW she uses it.
Here is the secret: you must empty the toilet bowl of water first.
See, I figured out that my problem was that the baking soda and essential oils would basically dissolve when I put it in the toilet bowl because I didn’t empty the water out first. So I wasn’t getting that abrasive scrubbing action that makes baking soda work so well as a cleaner for bathrooms and kitchens.
I’m sure some of you are going “Yeah, duh. That’s no secret.” But I’m willing to bet there are at least a few of you out there who made the same mistake as me, as silly as it may be, and hopefully you’ll give it another shot because this is such a great money saver. Compared with commercial eco-friendly cleaning products, baking soda costs next to nothing. AND it is better for the environment, which is a home run in my book.
Check out this great recipe (among several others) on Living Well Spending Less. Ruth uses vinegar with her cleaner, which I also had never tried. This is so simple and doesn’t require a whole bunch of prep work or storage containers. You just mix it up in the toilet bowl. Easy-peasy.
Do you have tips or secrets to using homemade cleaning products? Share by commenting below!