Homemade Toilet Bowl & Drain Cleaner

by Melissa

A good friend of mine has been getting into everything homemade recently and because of her enthusiasm, it has made me want to do the same.
 

I have always touched on some things, like how I make my homemade makeup brush cleaner and DIY foam soap but other cleaning products I have been slowly trying them out too. So far I am loving them. They work so much better, no toxic chemicals and saves me a good amount of money to boot.

How to clean your toilet bowl and drains (for the kitchen or bath) using this homemade toilet bowl and drain cleaner mixture. No harsh chemicals!

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This homemade toilet bowl and drain cleaner only requires a few simple materials to get started and well on your way to clean bowls and unclogged sinks.
 
 
Materials Needed:
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Toilet Bowl Brush
  • Spray Bottle
    The spray bottle is optional but I would recommend getting one. It makes spraying the vinegar (especially for bowl cleaning) simple and mess free.
  • Salt and/or Lemon
    The salt and lemon are also optional but they are both great for extra hard to clean bowl stains. 

 

How to tutorials:
 
 
{Toilet Bowl Cleaner}
 
First, you will want to flush all of the water out of the bowl. There is no need to flush all the water out of your tank. That is just silly and will waste water. So here is how you can do it, get you a bucket that will hold about a gallon of water and pour it into the bowl all at once. The pressure of the water will cause the bowl to flush on its own. If it does not flush you aren’t using enough water, try it again with more water. It takes a good gallon of water to make it work.
 
Once you have your bowl completely empty of water you will want to take your baking soda and sprinkle using about a cup all around the inside of the bowl. Then you can either spray (using the optional spray bottle I mentioned) or pour your distilled vinegar into the bowl. The baking soda and the vinegar mixing will cause a bubbling reaction so no worries this is perfectly normal.
 
When the bubbling has stopped use a toilet bowl brush and scrub the bowl. Afterward, leave the mixture sitting for a few hours. The longer you can leave it sitting the better. Scrub the bowl one last time and flush. 
 
If you have stains that you want to work on then you can use salt for scrubbing and the acid nature of a lemon will help too. 
 
 
{Drain Cleaner}
 
To clean your drain is super simple. Pour about a cup of baking soda into your drain {kitchen or bathroom} then pour about a 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover the drain. Like I said above in the toilet bowl cleaning how to, the mixture will bubble so you will want to cover it quickly. Leave the mixture to sit for a good 30 minutes and then run hot water through your pipes to clean the mixture down the drain. Easy Peasy!!
 
Do this once or twice a month to keep them clog free and draining smoothly. 

 

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Alex[andra] March 5, 2013 - 4:17 PM

This is great! Thanks for sharing. Not sure why I never thought of this. It reminds me of those science projects in school, where’d you pour vinegar on top of baking soda to see how it reacts. We’d add red food dye to it to make it look like a volcano explosion. Definitely going to use this to clean my drains!

Alex[andra]
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Melissa March 14, 2013 - 10:59 PM

Yep, exactly like that. haha

xoxo,
Melissa

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Rose March 5, 2013 - 5:18 PM

When I was 12 I went on a trip to Libya to see my father’s side of the family. He is from there and we are the only ones in the US. Many of their toilets were dysfunctional. Most were broken, and some were merely holes in the ground! Reading this reminded me of the house I was staying in while I was there. Their toilet was broken and could not flush we had to use the same method you are describing to flush the toilet. They had a bucket in the bathroom and we had to fill it in the tube and pour it in the toilet bowl after using the bathroom! That really made me realize that we here in the US take toilets for granted everyday lol.

I also do not like cleaning with chemicals unless I have too. I prefer to just wash everything with plain old water. When I think there is a need to kill germs or disinfect, I will use simple dish soap mixed with water. Believe it or not my house still does sparkle even with out those fancy cleaners.

Thanks for sharing!
Rose
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Bethany March 7, 2013 - 4:04 PM

Thank so much for sharing, I will have to try this!

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