DIY Toilet Cleaner | If cleaning the toilet is your favorite household task, raise your hand! Anyone? I’m not going to lie, I usually pass off that responsibility to someone else because “I do the laundry.” I’m a firm believer in splitting household duties evenly based on disgust level and dread.
Seriously, why can’t I receive rewards for doing chores as an adult? Someone just needs to pass me a freaking cookie after I do the dishes, please! I would get off of my soapbox but that soapbox is probably full of dirty laundry somewhere.
Related: Zero Waste Cleaning Guide and Chore Schedule
To clean my house, I only use simple, minimal, and natural ingredients. Ingredients that won’t pose a risk to my pets or child but still get the work done. And when I say “minimal” I’m not kidding. This recipe is only two ingredients. Baking soda and citric acid – both items I can find in either bulk or in cardboard packaging.
What’s strange about my toilet cleaner is that it’s now a family event when it’s time to scrub the commode. When baking soda, citric acid, and water mix it fizzes which is like pure magic to a toddler.
It’s pure magic for me too considering it helps remove our hard water stains and mineral buildup that accumulate over time. Something that was once a dreaded task is now something that is fun. Isn’t strange how zero waste living affects various parts of our lives?
DIY, Zero Waste Toilet Cleaner
DIY Toilet Cleaner
- 1 cup Citric Acid
- 3 cups baking soda
- Mix citric acid and baking soda together then store in a quart mason jar somewhere dry.
- To clean toilet, sprinkle a few table spoons into bowl, let fizz for awhile and then scrub.
- Make sure you add the cleaner to your bowl only, not your tank.
11 thoughts on “DIY Toilet Cleaner”
Do you find your citric acid at Sprouts? Thank you! I think my 3 year-old is also going to love the fizz!
I get mine from a Middle Eastern grocery store at our City’s farmers market. I do believe Sprouts carries it, though. Oh yes, it is definitely one of my toddler’s favorite things ha! I’m hoping when he’s older I can just pass on this chore to him. 😉
The cleaner worked great. But now that it has been sitting in the jar it us like a rock. I have to scrape some powder off the top just to get a little. Any thoughts?
Yes, depending on how much humidity you have in your area, the powder will clump. I have to shake mine up periodically. An easier solution would be to take the powder and press it into small molds to make tablets. Then you dont have to worry about it getting hard in the jar. 🙂
Hi! I’m just starting with the zero waste lifestyle and I found your blog. I have a question, can you use this product on the sink and bidet too? Or would it be harmful? I’ve always been using the same store-bought cleaner for all bathroom appliances, sink, toilet, bidet and bath tub (with addition of bleach for the toilet) so I was wondering if this worked in the same way.
It’s safe as long as you don’t use abrasive materials on things that could easily scratch. I do not use abrasive materials on my enameled sink as to avoid scratches and cracks. Just soap and water. 😊
I think my sink it’s not enameled, but I’ll look into it. Thanks for your quick response! 🙂
Why isn’t this used in the toilet tank?
The toilet tanks contain clean water and don’t need to be cleaned. 🙂
If my tank is discolored by the iron in our water, could I add some to the tank.
I don’t see why not.