Keeping your toilet clean is simple with a good brush and cleaner. Some people like to use commercial cleaning products, while others choose to make their own. Both have their merits. Commercial products work great, but they sometimes contain harsh chemicals. For example, many people like to use chlorine bleach to clean their toilet bowls, but others worry about the environmental impact of flushing chlorine down the pot. If you're concerned about using harsh chemicals when you clean, read the labels of these commercial products carefully and pick a cleaner that contains biodegradable ingredients (natural materials that break down easily when thrown or flushed away). You can also try a homemade cleaner that's gentler on the environment.
One cleaning agent that works well and that you might already have at your house is borax. This multipurpose cleaner isn't harsh on the environment and can be found at most grocery stores. For easy and green toilet cleaning, sprinkle some borax into the bowl at night and then scrub it when you get up in the morning. If you've got a hard-water ring in your toilet, turn to white vinegar. This is another earth friendly product that has tons of uses. Pour the vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for an hour. Scrub away, flush, and you're done. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent, though some people are turned off by the smell. Borax on its own doesn't have a scent, but if you want to give your bathroom some fragrance when you clean, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the bowl as you scrub.
If you ever run out of these more traditional cleaners, turn to your medicine cabinet for help. You can even use Alka-Seltzer tablets to clean your toilet. The tablets help freshen the bowl and their citric acid and bubbly nature help get rid of stains. Drop a couple in, let them do their business for a few minutes, and then scrub away with your brush.
Remember, the key to keeping a pristine toilet is a regular cleaning routine, so if you find products you like and get into the habit of using them, your commode will always sparkle.
- Martha Stewart. "Bathroom Cleaning Tips." 2012. (May 10, 2012) http://www.marthastewart.com/275411/bathroom-cleaning-tips/@center/277000/homekeeping-solutions
- Real Simple. "Speed-Clean Your Bathroom Checklist." 2012. (May 10, 2012) http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/bathroom/speed-clean-your-bathroom-00000000028739/index.html
- World Wide Fund for Nature. "Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable materials." (May 10, 2012) http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/webfieldtrips/bio_nonbio_materials/