a 'home-brewed' toilet cleaner?

pammyfayJune 25, 2008

I never buy Windex anymore since finding a "make it yourself recipe" for window cleaner.

I was about to buy some toilet bowl cleaner yesterday when it hit me that, for this job, too, there's probably an easy mix (probably containing baking soda?) that would be just as good, less smelly and cheaper.

Do you have one?

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western_pa_luann

yeah... a half a cup of bleach... works great!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 1:31PM
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jannie

I use bleach also.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 5:26PM
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grainlady_ks

Less toxic than bleach...

20 Mule Team Borax will clean/deodorize the toilet bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 c. into the bowl, then swish with your toilet brush. Let it stand for 30 minutes or overnight (per instructions from the back of the box).

To sanitize it after it's clean, spritz it with a mixture of 50/50 water and alcohol, or water and Grapefruit Seed Extract (see link below).

A chemical-free method is to steam-clean.

-Grainlady

Here is a link that might be useful: Grapefruit Seed Extract

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 5:37PM
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ky114

I just use Ajax or Comet cleanser.

There's just something wrong with having the words "home-brewed" next to the word toilet in a sentence.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 7:15PM
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pammyfay

Oh, Ky! I DID think that was a weird phrase for me to use (but after i proofread and hit the 'send' key!)

"Home-made" sent images of cookies and brownies through my mind, and I knew that def. shouldn't be in the title!

I will try harder next time!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 9:46PM
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ky114

I get this vision of soup or stew being made in a toilet. If you had said, "homemade toilet cleaner," I'd have visualized a toilet made out of wood or something -- a homemade toilet.

No need to try harder - always good to see something funny, like the old newspaper headline, "Baby Swallows Fly." Is it about birds or an infant's meal?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 9:59PM
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Cynic

Well then again... beer can be home-brewed. And where does it usually end up?

I like the bleach tablets for the tank. Keeps the tank and the bowl cleaner. And occasional swish with the brush and occasionally a shake of cleanser, but it's not too often needed. I have so many freebie/low-cost cleaners on the shelf, it'll be a while before I have to make anything.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 2:14AM
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jannie

I once had company coming over and needed to remove the ring from my toilet bowl. Had no bleach or toilet cleaner in the house, so I dumped in about two tablespoons of dishwasher detergent, swished it around with a brush, and the ring was gone. I only did this once, but it did work. Not sure if long-term use might be a bad idea. . .

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 9:31PM
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budster

I've heard denture tablets work well. You let them sit in the bowl and they dissolve away any stains.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 4:58PM
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stir_fryi

I ran out the other day and used a squirt of dish soap. Worked just fine. I think bleach is over-kill -- you don't drink from the toilet bowl.

You can also use a dusting of Comet which is very cheap.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 8:52AM
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glad2garden

Ditto the comet cleanser. That's what my mom and grandmother used, and it's cheap because it only takes a sprinkle, or maybe a tinkle.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 7:52PM
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western_pa_luann

"I think bleach is over-kill -- you don't drink from the toilet bowl. "

What does 'drinking' have to do with anything?

I also use bleach in the washing machine, and I don't drink from there either....

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 9:05AM
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treeskate

Cleaning the bowl is one part, but what about the tank itself? I would not want to put bleach in there as it can effect the rubber portions of the 'workings'..gasket, etc.

Does anyone periodically shut off the water, drain the tank and then clean it? Seems the rim around the tank at the water level gets the yukkiest from minerals, etc.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 7:44AM
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