Do your boys (even your hubby) have an issue with their aim in the bathroom. Hey, you all know what I’m talking about! 😉 My little boys try. But, gosh, they just can’t seem to keep their pee only in the toilet. I find myself cleaning the toilet o-f-t-e-n. Still, there’s a smell. You know that smell coming from beneath our toilet. You know, from the gap where the toilet and the floor meet. Yuck!
I’ve tried harsh chemical cleaners in the past. But since starting this journey toward better health, I’ve eliminated all (okay, almost all) of those toxins from our home (it’s a process!). I was curious to see if an all-natural cleaner would do better than the harsh ones I used in the past.
So I tried this today. It was easy and only required a few simple ingredients that I already had in my kitchen. I don’t know it’s the official name but I gave it one:
Here’s what I used:
Combine a little baking soda and lemon juice in a small bowl to make a paste.
It fizzes like crazy at first. Then, calms down.
You can make it thicker, but I liked this consistency.
Use an old toothbrush to apply to the base of your toilet.
(I also used it to stir the baking soda and lemon juice).
Note: I use an electric toothbrush on my teeth, so every time my dentist gives me a new toothbrush I keep it for cleaning!)
Let it set for 15 minutes.
Then, spray with white vinegar (white vinegar in a spray bottle).
Let it fizz. When it’s done fizzing wipe up with a damp cloth.
The baking soda leaves streaks if not cleaned up well. At this point I cleaned my bathroom floor with my Homemade All Purpose Cleaner.
It worked great, better than anything else I had tried before! The base of the toilet looks clean and smells great! Not only did this cleaner leave a lemony smell, but I also used a spray bottle (for the vinegar) that I had previously used for my Air Freshening Spray…adding the smell of 3 of my favorite essential oils to the mix. That was a sweet bonus!
When I was done with the base I cleaned the toilet bowl with it. It worked there too.
It can be used as grout cleaner.
I will continue to use this cleaner.
It’s easy to make, easy to use, non-toxic, and works great!
Thanks, Mom and Rebecca for cluing me in!
Another thought: Wondering if adding some caulk around the base of the toilet would be a good idea. Hmm, to add to the Honey-do list or not to add to the Honey-do list, this is the question. Wouldn’t the caulk get nasty? Or would that be easier to clean? Share your thoughts, I’d love to hear.