Natural Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

June 15, 2012

Natural Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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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Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is really important to me, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


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. 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


Comments 18

  1. What a fun post; I’m gunna try this out this week! Thanks Tess; loved seeing you last weekend at BlogHer Food.
    Miss you already and hope all is well in Cali.
    Looking forward to chatting soon.
    Keep up the fabulous blogging, darling.
    Sending you big hugs n’ kisses from NYC!

    1. Thanks Amie,
      Yes, it was wonderful to see you at BlogHer Food! Looking forward to catching up in NYC soon. xxx

    1. Oh, WONDERFUL!
      Could you please share your recipes with everyone? I would love to post it here with your permission?

  2. I made this today and just used it to clean my toilets and it is amazing. It made both of my bathrooms smell amazing. I am checking out Sophie’s website now. Thanks for another great easy recipe.

  3. Just reading the title made me happy. Few only wants to talk about cleaning the toiler bowl. Baking powder to clean my kitchen sink is my favorite. I’ve never thought of using it as a toilet bowl cleaner before but I’m really excited to see how it works.

  4. I always love to learn about ways that others clean their homes with natural products. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Pleasure! This recipe is FANtastic! I just use this one for the toilet. I use the other recipes for different things. But plain old vinegar, lemon juice, water, baking soda, or natural oils works on most things!

    1. Pleasure! Yes, they are so easy to make, really work, work out cheaper, and are much kinder on the environment.

  5. Great tool to use to clean out the toilet holes under the rim—-a bicycle spoke. The end is threaded to make cleaning much easier, you can bend it into any shape that helps, and it’s CHEAP and lasts forever. New spoke at a bike shop–about a buck, or use one out an old wheel if you have one.

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