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?

As well as reducing the toxic load on our bodies, it’s never been more important to reduce plastic bottle waste in our homes.  Here’s how to clean your toilet naturally while doing just that…

What you will need:
1/2 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup witch hazel
1 cup filtered water
20 drops doTERRA tea tree essential oil*
10 drops doTERRA lavender essential oil*
10 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil*
500ml coloured glass spray bottle 

What to do:
1. Add witch hazel 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!

*The quality of the essential oils you use is of utmost importance, which is why I use doTERRA essential oils click here for information on why and how you can purchase them.

Note: vinegar and bicarb is a great combo too, but I learned the hard way that vinegar makes the plastic spray nozzles expand and stop working, so I switched to hazel, as I like to have the spray next to the toilet and at the ready when it’s cleaning time.

Studies have shown that tea tree oil 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 for cleaning are lemon, wild orange, grapefruit, clove, cypress, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, oregano, eucalyptus, and doTERRA’s ‘Purify’ and ‘OnGuard’ essential oil blends. It’s best to avoid using essential oils to clean showers and any tiles in the bathroom as they can wear down the waterproof membrane which can lead to mould growth. 

If you’d like more DIY cleaning inspo, you receive my DIY cleaning with essential oils e-book FREE when you join my oily community… 

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Zara is a healthy home coach 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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