Natural Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

June 15, 2012

This natural homemade toilet bowl cleaner comes from Sophie Uliano.

If you are like me, you will agree that cleaning the toilet is the most dreaded task in the house.

There is nothing glamorous about it. But, it has to be done.

There are a lot of toxic toilet cleaners on the market that I can’t with all good conscience flush into our waterways.

There are some good natural commercial toilet cleaners. But, they can be expensive, and they’re not natural enough.

I have tried a lot of natural toilet cleaners, but I keep coming back to a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda, borax, and lemon juice.

However, if this is a bit too “granola hippy” (as my father calls it) this natural toilet cleaner recipe is a great alternative.

It is quick and easy to make, costs pennies, smells divine, and really works.

This natural homemade toilet bowl cleaner also fills the bathroom with a delightful lavender and tea-tree scent instead of the stench of chlorine and bleach.

Check out Sophie’s website for more natural cleaning recipes and watch her video for how to make this homemade toilet bowl cleaner.


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Natural Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This natural homemade toilet bowl cleaner is quick and easy to make, costs pennies, smells divine, and really works!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 1/2 cups
Author Tess Masters


  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup liquid castile soap 
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil


  1. Stir the baking soda into the water.
  2. Add in the castile soap.
  3. Then gradually add in the vinegar a little bit at a time. It will foam and fizz like soda.
  4. Lastly, add in the tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
  5. Transfer this mixture to an old toilet cleaner squeeze bottle. Give the bottle a shake before using. 
  6. This works to clean the toilet seat and toilet bowl.
  7. For really dirty bowls you can apply straight vinegar or make a solution of 1 cup borax and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Sophie Uliano
Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak