Maybe I’m a little overdramatic, but isn’t cleaning the toilet one of the absolute worst chores? I can’t think of a single person I know who enjoys it. It is, of course, one of those things that really needs to be done at least weekly, because of the sheer gross and germ factor what it is.
What’s even more gross is the ingredients used in typically available toilet bowl cleaner. Have you ever looked at the back?? There are some scary things listed in the ingredients!
Chlorine Bleach is one such scary ingredient, and is extremely poisonous—it irritates the mucous membranes in the nose and lung tissue. Even breathing the fumes that it gives off can cause permanent damage, such as asthma, even in healthy people, erosion of the lining of the lungs and esophagus and scarring of the respiratory tract. Clinical studies have now associated Chlorine exposure to breast cancer also. Studies show that women with breast cancer had 50-60% more Chlorine derivatives in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.
Hydrochloric acid is a super toxic and corrosive chemical. Did you know that this chemical is used to remove rust from steel?? That same chemical can easily get splashed on your skin when you are cleaning the toilet! Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to human tissue, causing irreversible damage to skin, eyes, respiratory organs, and intestines. The EPA even notes that breathing this stuff in can cause chest pain and pulmonary edema!
That’s totally crazy. No thanks!!
If you want to avoid those crazy scary side effects, try making your own-its super simple!
1 cups Distilled Water
1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 tbsp + 2 tsp Borax
2 tbsp + 2 tsp Castile Soap
12 drops Essential Oils (I use Thieves for mine!)
Mix water, baking soda, and borax together in a bowl until powders dissolve. (Trust me on this-make sure they are totally dissolved, otherwise you'll en up with a soupy mess. Ask me how I know this. :) ) Funnel this mixture into an empty squeeze bottle (I used an empty honey bottle). Slowly funnel in the castile soap and add essential oils of choice. Shake the container well to combine all ingredients.
Also, there are sometimes just those days that the toilet could use a quick freshening, but you don’t feel like gathering everything up (totally cool, happens to the best of us!) For those days, just keep a spray bottle of vinegar nearby. Spray the vinegar around the bowl, let sit for a minute or two, and flush! Easy peasey! (As a side note, you’ll see in many places to also shake in some baking soda with the vinegar, but all you’ll be doing at that point is cleaning with salt water. The chemical reactions of vinegar and baking soda turn them into diluted salt water!)