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Cleaning Your Toilet - the Green Way

The chemicals that are used to create the cleaners for your bathroom are mainly toxic and bad for the environment. This probably isn’t earth shattering news for anyone who has ever had to clean a toilet or bathtub. Sometimes the fumes alone can irritate the eyes and skin. Many of these cleaners are even banned abroad because of the hazardous solvents in their ingredients.

Toilet cleaning products in particular almost always contain bleach – which can corrode plumbing fixtures. Bleach is usually combined with other ingredients like ammonia and various glycol ethers, which can be potentially dangerous. Glycol ethers used as solvents can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and can cause blood disorders, kidney damage and more. The good news is that there are several safe products already in your home that you can use to clean your toilet.

Try these unexpected alternative cleaning options the next time you clean the commode. The results just might surprise you!

  • Coca Cola – Most everyone has heard (if not participated in) the class experiment where a piece of meat is slowly dissolved in a glass of Coke. So it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine it also cleaning a toilet. The properties that allow the popular soda to slowly eat away at a soaked piece of hamburger, are the same that help efficiently remove stains. One can of (classic) Coke can remove toilet rings and lime scale stains very easily. Simply pour a can into the toilet and let it sit overnight, the next day you will be able to wipe away the stains.
  • Kool-Aid – Lemon or orange flavored Kool-Aid is a great, inexpensive way to clean your toilet (and your dishwasher as well). It’s the citric acid in powdered punch that is so effective in dissolving stains. Simply open a packet of Kool-Aid and pour it into the bowl – no sugar added! Let it sit overnight and the next day you will be able to easily wipe away any discoloration. This is also a great idea if you have animals that like to drink from the toilet bowl as there’s no danger of them getting sick from Kool-Aid.
  • Mouth Wash – Any brand of mint-flavored mouthwash is a good substitute for those toxic cleaners. Just add about ¼ cup of mouthwash to the toilet bowl and let it sit for at least half an hour. The cleaning properties will get rid of stains and particularly strong brands will also act as an effective deodorizer.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar – This old cleaning remedy is still one of the most effective. Pour ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup white vinegar into your toilet bowl. The mixture will instantly start bubbling – and cleaning the hard water stains in your toilet. Wait fifteen minutes and then scrub it with a toilet brush, the stains should easily wipe away.

Celebrate Earth Day everyday – and use these non-toxic cleaners to clean the toilet, sink, bathtub and any other hard-to-clean surfaces. If you’re feeling industrious, you can even make your own non-toxic cleaners.