Dirty Toilets…Who wants to talk about the most grossest part of the home? Well I do because I’m going to give you an easy solution to keep it clean when we go #1, #2, and the dreaded #3! (Yes I went there) 
None of us “love” to clean bathrooms especially toilets.But let’s not go there. I’ll show you an easy an effective way to keep your bathroom clean daily to cut down on the once a week deep cleaning and not only that I’ll also provide you with store bought cleaners you can use, but if you’re more of a natural alternative person I’ll be providing recipes to make your own toilet bowl cleaners.

Step one, add cleaner or home remedy to toilet bowl, let it sit. In the meantime wipe counter tops and sink with cleaner of your choice. Last but not least, wipe those mirrors clean. 
Step two, use a toilet brush to scrub the toilet, and use either your cleaner or home remedy to wipe toilet seat clean. Don’t forget to get to the bottom of the toilet where you will see two knobs on each side. A daily cleaning is better than a weekly deep cleaning that will take over an hour just to get the bathroom done because it’s that serious to keep it clean due to bacteria. 
Step three, sweep and mop and your done!
Continue reading for Housekeeping Top 3 Toilet bowl cleaners and for Natural Cleaners for toilets which I’ve included recipes for! 

Store Bought Cleaners

Say goodbye to toilet bowl rings with Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. You can get rid of grime with a simple squeeze of the bottle thanks to the angled nozzle that tackles hard-to-reach stains with ease.

Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel is a disc you stamp onto the inside of your toilet bowl rim that then slowly releases cleaning solution and fragrance to help maintain your toiletfor up to seven days.
Get rid of your nasty toilet brush and use the Clorox ToiletWand System instead. The scrubbers on the end of the wand are disposable, so you can toss them when you’re done and reload with a fresh head for your next use.

Natural Cleaners for Toilets

There are several natural ingredients you can use to formulate homemade toilet bowl cleaner. Making your own allows you the freedom to use whichever ingredients you feel are safest for your family, are readily available, and will perform the best!


You’re probably bored of hearing all the hype on green-living websites about how wonderful vinegar is for natural cleaning. But I can’t stop singing its praises. Vinegar is a mild acid. It disinfects, eliminates odors, and is extremely safe. 


Contrary to inaccurate information on some websites, borax is NOT the same thing as boric acid (which is toxic). It is actually sodium tetraborate, and is only as toxic as regular table salt or baking soda, in very LARGE amounts. Borax is a great multi-purpose cleaner that whitens, deodorizes, and removes stains. 

Lemon Juice or Citric Acid

Citric acid, also found in lemon juice, binds to minerals in the toilet bowl making them easier to eliminate. It may help diminish tough toilet stains left by hard water. 

Essential Oils

Pure essential oils are some of the best secret weapons to use in DIY cleaners. Many of these plant-based oils boast antibacterial, antiviral, and even antifungal properties. Tea tree oil has been studied more than any other essential oil and has been found to kill most forms of bacteria when added to cleaners at a 0.5% – 1.0% concentration. Other essential oils that possess antibacterial properties, and are beneficial in bathroom cleaners are lavender, citrus oils, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among others. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is wonderful as a homemade toilet bowl cleaner. It naturally scours and deodorizes a toilet bowl. It doesn’t possess any germ-fighting benefits, but it will help keep your bowl free of debris, stains, and those ugly rings. 

Homemade Toilet Cleaner Formulas

Take your pick from these natural, homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipes that we use and love.

Tea Tree Toilet Bowl Scrub

This deodorizing formula utilizes the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil to kill germs in your toilet bowl and on toilet surfaces.

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

Combine vinegar and essential oil in a small spray bottle. Spray vinegar mixture inside the bowl, and also on the toilet seat, lid, and handle. Allow cleaner to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl and scrub inside of the bowl with a toilet brush. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe vinegar solution off seat, lid, and handle.

Heavy Duty Toilet Formula

This toilet bowl formula can take care of nasty rings in your commode, or any other tough toilet cleaning. It leaves a sparkling bowl and eliminates stale toilet odors.

  • ¾ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or squirt bottle. Swish water around inside of toilet bowl with a toilet brush, or simply flush to wet the inside of the bowl. Pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl, and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. Make sure family members do not use the toilet during this time. Scrub the bowl and flush the toilet to rinse.

Lazy Day Toilet Scrub

For no-fuss toilet cleaning, keep a spray bottle of vinegar and a shaker-top bottle of baking soda in your bathroom. When toilets need cleaning, spritz thoroughly with vinegar and allow to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl, scrub the inside of the bowl, and flush toilet. To clean the outside surfaces just spray with vinegar, let stand a few minutes, and wipe clean.