How to clean your toilet, naturally…

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Why buy toilet cleaner in a plastic bottle, when you can clean your toilet just as effectively, using food based ingredients you probably already have in your home, with zero negative impact on the environment?

If a cleaning product requires you to wear gloves so as not to irritate your skin, it’s probably also best that you don’t breathe it in.

Hydrochloric acid is often used in commercial toilet cleaners and is highly corrosive and toxic. When combined with bleach, toilet cleaners (containing acids or ammonia) can also generate a toxic chloramine gas, which is also something you don’t want to be breathing in, right?

Bicarb soda and vinegar and a powerful combination when it comes to cleaning the home, including being highly effective for cleaning the toilet.  Bicarb is deoderising and great for scouring, while vinegar disinfects, eliminates odours and has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

I’ve provided a recipe suggestions for you here but I have to say that I don’t always follow recipes when doing DIY cleaning – often I experiment with the ingredients I have at my disposal and am pleasantly surprised with the result, not to mention the fun and pleasure I get out of it.

What you will need:
1/2 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup witch hazel
1 cup filtered water
20 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil

What to do:
1. Add vinegar and essential oil to a glass spray bottle and spray the inside of the toilet bowl.
2. Sprinkle the bicarb into the toilet bowl and let it sit – for a couple of minutes at least.
3. Spray the toilet seat and surfaces and wipe down with a microfibre cloth.
4. Scrub toilet bowl with a brush, flush the toilet and admire your naturally sparkling clean loo!

*Bicarb soda and vinegar will do the job on their own, but I love adding essential oils for their smell, and also for their antibacterial properties.

Studies have shown that tea tree oil, for example, kills most forms of bacteria when added to cleaners at just o.5% – 1.0% concentration.  Other essential oils that possess antibacterial properties, and are great to use in bathroom cleaners are lemon, wild orange, grapefruit, clove, cypress, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, oregano, and eucalyptus. I also love doTERA’s ‘Purify’ and ‘OnGuard’ essential oil blends for cleaning bathrooms.

If you do use essential oils, dark coloured glass bottles are best so as not to destroy the therapeutic benefits. Glass is also best as the essential oils I use are so potent they will leach BPA from plastic.  You can order amber and cobalt blue glass bottles online, Target also stock amber spray bottles

If you don’t have any spray bottles you can simply pour these ingredients into the toilet – the spray bottle will obviously save you from having to go through lots of vinegar though – there are no hard and fast rules except, have fun!

I use doTERRA essential oils click here for information on why and how you can purchase them. If you’d like to learn more about how you can use essential oils to support a healthier home, come along to one of my workshops.


Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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