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Who loves cleaning the commode? Definitely not I. I also really dislike having to pay big bucks to purchase store brand toilet cleaners. So today, I will be going over a few of my tried and true toilet cleaners that are easy on my bank account.
First, let me say cleaning the toilet is my least favorite household chore. I have spent so much of my hard earned money on cleaners from the store, only to be disappointed. They never last 2000 flushes, and I never see those little bubbles scrubbing away, but they always leave that harsh chemical smell for hours. I love a clean smell, and no toilet cleaner has ever left me feeling that “Wow, that smells like a clean toilet.”
With the internet today, though, you can google anything. Which I have done specifically on the topic of toilet cleaners. If you check out my previous post 5 DIY House Cleaners you will notice that I like using simple household items to clean. This saves my bank account, as well as protect my nose from harsh chemicals.
Toilet Cleaners 101
I have found denture tabs to be one of the easiest ways to clean my toilet. I simply drop 1 or 2 into the bowl and let them sit for an hour or so. Then I simply use a toilet brush and swish it around and scrub the sides. A box of 240 tabs can be purchased at a store such as Walmart for about $5.77. That is an amazing price when you consider the length of time you can keep them stored in your bathroom.
This is a product that we keep on hand in our house. Plus ADDED BONUS, if you have a slow drain, you can pour some hot water down the drain. Crush up a denture tab, then put it down the drain, followed by some more hot water. This will help clear up a slow drain, instead of having to use some other harsh chemical or paying a plumber.
I was skeptical of this at first until I tried it. Occasionally I will open a can of cola, and decide that it was not what I wanted. Or I will feel guilty that I should be drinking more water. So instead of pouring the soda down the sink, I pour it in my toilet. I will let it sit for an hour then use the scrubber. This way, I am not wasting a completely good soda.
Here is my vinegar again. Instead of apple cider vinegar, I will usually use white distilled vinegar for this. If the toilet needs a deep cleaning I will add in some baking soda. I typically do not need to let this soak in the bowl. Just pour, scrub with brush and flush.
Borax is another one of my household must-haves. I use it for making my laundry soap and also if my animals start to show signs of fleas. For fleas, simply sprinkle on carpets, let it sit a couple of hours then vacuum up. It beats the harsh chemical sprays. Although for toilets, you can simply sprinkle a generous amount around a wet bowl at night so it sticks to the sides. In the morning, you just flush but for stubborn stains, you might have to scrub down with the brush. While this does not work well for my family, it might for yours. I find myself waking up most nights at least once to relieve my acorn sized bladder.
While I do not use liquid Castile soap on a regular basis, you can easily create up a bottle of toilet cleaner by mixing equal parts liquid castile soap, dish soap, and vinegar if you wish. If you reuse an old dish soap bottle, you can easily reach under the rim and coat the sides. You let it sit for about an hour, and then scrub and flush.
Out of all of the methods above, I would say the Denture tab method is the easiest and most frugal for my family. I have them on hand year round.
Please leave some comments on your favorite frugal methods of keeping your toilet bowl sparkling clean.