Make your own Chemical-Free Toilet Bowl Cleaner
It's hard not to fall for the convenience and effectiveness of the commercial toilet bowl cleaners. You have tablets you can drop in the tank, and that goose neck bottle that lets you clean right under the lip of the toilet bowl. They surely are convenient cleaning methods, but just look at all the warnings that come along with these chemical laden products, and then check out our recipe for a CHEMICAL-FREE solution at the bottom of this article.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and the MSDS data, here is a short list of Health Effects associated with commercial toilet bowl cleaners:
2000 Flushes Automatic Bowl Cleaner:
- Irritating to the nose, mouth, throat, and lungs
- May cause respiratory tract irritation, shortness of breath, wheezing, choking, or chest pain
- Eye Contact: Can cause severe irritation and/or burns. Direct contact may cause impairment of vision and corneal damage
- Skin Contact: Can cause severe irritation and/or burns
- Ingestion: Irritation and/or burns due to hypochlorite can occur to the entire gastrointestinal tract, characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bleeding, and/or ulceration
If this product becomes a waste, it is defined as a hazardous waste under 40 CFR 261 and has the following EPA hazardous waste number: D001. As a hazardous solid waste, must be disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulation.
Clorox Bleach & Blue Automatic Toilet Cleaner:
- Harmful if Swallowed
- May cause eyes and skin damage
- Do not get into eyes, on skin or clothing.
- Avoid breathing dust. May be irritating to nose and throat.
- Wear rubber gloves when handling.
- Physical and chemical hazards: Product contains a strong oxidizer. Mix only with water.
Wash hands after direct contact. Do not wear product-contaminated clothing for prolonged periods. Wear safety glasses. If handling product for prolonged or repeated periods.
Lysol Brand Toilet Bowl 3X Cleaner Power, Complete Clean:
- Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals
- Danger: Corrosive.
- Causes irreversible eye damage and skin burns.
- Harmful if swallowed.
- Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing.
- Wear protective eyewear (safety glasses/goggles), protective gloves and protective clothing.
- Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
- DO NOT breathe vapor or fumes.
Prolonged or repeated exposure to dilutions can cause drying, defatting and dermatitis.
With all of these chemical ingredients and associated health hazards, why are we flushing this stuff into our lakes and oceans? Not only are we inhaling and handling toxic chemicals while "cleaning" our homes, but every drop inevitably ends up in our environment, our atmosphere, our plants and animals and our drinking water.
We have a solution. We choose to make our own, Chemical-Free, cleaning products, and this simple toilet cleaner can be used anywhere in the home without worry of exposure to chemicals.
Make your own CHEMICAL-FREE Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
If you have an old toilet bowl cleaner bottle (with a “goose” neck) fill it with 1 part castile soap and 6 parts water. Add few drops of Lemon essential oil and Tea Tree oil (or Lavender if you prefer) for disinfection and shake well. Spray the toilet bowl and sprinkle generously with baking soda then scrub with a brush and rinse with clean water. No harmful chemicals flushed down the drain! This same mixture can also be used to clean other bathroom fixtures, and a regular bottle can be used if you don't have access to a goose neck bottle.
This cleaner is effective, and won't leave you gasping for fresh air. Your bathroom will smell like real lemon and other wonderful essential oils instead of chemicals, bleach and artificial citrus scents. Try it out, we're sure you will like it! Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Keep it Green!