How to clean your toilet bowl without toxic cleaners
I am accustomed to using conventional cleaners for my home, but I know enough to feel a little guilty for it. I went to buy toilet cleaner with good intentions to purchase a “natural” cleaner but I couldn’t stomach $5 for something I was, literally, throwing in the toilet. Instead, I went home and consulted Carla Emery.
To give you a quick idea of how awesome Carla Emery is, I like her book even more than the Tightwad Gazette series! (gasp!) She wrote The Encyclopedia of Country Living back when my grandma was interested in living green in the ’70’s, and I own the 19th edition. In addition to cleaning your home naturally this 800+ page book provides an index for growing and preserving every vegetable imaginable, building a home, living without electricity, having a baby alone, and much, much, more.
Following Carla’s advice, I cleaned my toilet in the following way.
- I emptied my toilet by dumping a bucket of water in it.
- I sprinkled a few tablespoons of baking soda into the bowl.
- I added enough vinegar to dampen the baking soda.
- I added “sufficient elbow grease” to scrub the bowl clean.
And it is very clean! And sparkly! Don’t worry, I didn’t even have to add too much elbow grease. How cool is that?