Toilet bowls can be very difficult to clean particularly if you live in a region with hard water. Hard water deposits along the water line inside the toilet bowl can harden and take forever to remove. Water can also stain the underside of the rim of the bowl, where the water comes out from the small holes around the underside of the rim. When not cleaned properly, the underside can develop into an unsightly darkened area, which will eventually stain the sides of the bowl. There are commercial cleaners that you can buy, some of them very effective at cleaning toilet bowls but the chemical residue these product leave can be hazardous to human, animals and the environment. Still, there is no need to panic as there are many ingredients in your kitchen that you can use to make natural toilet bowl cleaners.
- The very useful baking soda is a very cheap product that can clean toilet bowls effectively. Stains and water deposits on the rim and inside of the toilet bowl can be removed by making a thick paste of baking soda and water. Dip a damp scouring pad on the baking soda paste and scrub the surface where water deposits and stains are. For stubborn stains, apply the paste on the surface and leave it on for at least fifteen minutes before scrubbing the surface with a damp scouring pad. It may take time to work your way through thick water deposits but you will be able to remove the scales eventually once you have broken through its surface.
- Pour a cup of white vinegar into the inside walls of the toilet bowl and let it stand for several minutes to one hour. Vinegar acts as a rust and stain remover, whitener and disinfectant. Use a scouring brush or pad to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Scrub the water line to remove the scale that has formed and brush the bottom the well in the center of the bowl. Flush the toilet and check if there are remaining stains and water scales. Apply more vinegar or use baking soda paste. Fresh lemon juice will also remove some of the stains and give your bathroom as fresh, clean smell.
- You can also use a mixture of one cup white vinegar and one-fourth cup baking soda to make a natural toilet bowl cleaner. Mix the two ingredients slowly as the baking soda will react to the vinegar and form lots of bubbles. When the bubbles have stopped forming, stir the ingredients and pour it directly into the toilet bowl. Let the mixture stay for about five minutes before you scrub the bowl.
- Two of the world’s favorite thirst quenchers, Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola can also be used as toilet bowl cleaners. The high citric acid content of these drinks eat away at the rust, stains and scales that are left by standing water or by hard water deposits. To clean a toilet bowl pour one can of this cola drink into the bowl and let it stand for about one hour. You can either brush the inside of the toilet bowl for added measure or just flush it.
So you see, there are common household ingredients that do not cost too
much and are always available that can be used to clean toilet bowls as
effectively as commercials cleaners do. And they are very eco-friendly
to boot, which is a big plus factor.