How to Clean a Toilet with Eco-Friendly Homemade Products

Do you need to clean a toilet before guests arrive but don’t have any cleaner on hand? Do not fret; we have just the recipe to clean a toilet in a safe, eco-friendly, and quick manner.

Families with younger kids are especially wary about using popular household cleaning products around their children due to the toxic chemicals in the cleaners. Many companies are pushing for more “green” products but often these eco-friendly cleaners cost more. 

We have found a solution to this problem: homemade cleaner.

Homemade cleaner utilizes ingredients that you probably already have on hand and are safe to use around children, pets, and you. Plus, if you are in a pinch and need to clean a toilet, no running out to the store is necessary. ( shares how you can clean a toilet with just two common ingredients: vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reaction that you probably used to make volcanoes as a kid proves useful when you need to clean a toilet. You won’t even have to scrub, just allow the mixture to work its magic. What a way to clean a toilet!

How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean a Toilet Naturally

Commercial cleaners do not always sufficiently clean a toilet. Sometimes a natural method of cleaning is easier and produces cleaner results. It's easy to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally.


1. Add about a half-cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl to begin to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before adding baking soda. Do not flush the toilet.

2. Add about a half cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl. The vinegar and baking soda will fizz because the reaction of vinegar and baking soda results in oxygen being released from the baking soda and vinegar combination. Let the mixture fizz for about ten minutes. This will alleviate the work you need to do later on to clean a toilet naturally.

3. Add another quarter cup baking soda and another half-cup vinegar to the toilet bowl in order to produce more fizzing in the toilet bowl.

4. Use the toilet brush to swish the water in the toilet bowl along with the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Rub the toilet brush along the sides and bottom of the toilet bowl to clean the toilet. You don't need to rub too hard, and you only need to use the toilet brush for about two minutes in the toilet bowl.

5. Flush the toilet. The vinegar and baking soda mixture will clean the tank and plumbing pipes without causing any damage. After the toilet flushes, rinse the toilet brush in the clean toilet water and flush the toilet again.

Tips & Warnings

· Depending on the severity of the dirtiness of the toilet bowl, you may be able to skip step 3.

Gone are the days when people buy expensive cleaners and have to use elbow grease to clean a toilet. You no longer have to worry about exposure harmful chemicals when you clean a toilet. With this simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda, the toilet practically cleans itself. You can also rest easy knowing that you are not flushing toxic ingredients into your septic tank.

If the idea of having to clean a toilet is not pleasant for you, The Maids would be happy to clean a toilet (or three) for our customers.