The next time you notice a ring around your toilet, don’t reach for a bottle of smelly chemical cleaner. Instead, look to your pantry. Because you can use vinegar to clean your toilet!
That’s right. This pantry staple that costs just pennies per use is an all-star in the cleaning world.
Even on toilets.
How to Use Vinegar to Clean Your Toilet
Whether you are doing a weekly cleaning or need to clean after weeks of grime have built up, vinegar can clean your toilet easily.
First, be sure to choose white distilled vinegar.
Here’s a helpful list of what kind of vinegar to clean with.
Don’t use apple cider vinegar. The brown color could stain your toilet. Sure, it will clean just as well. But you don’t want to have to worry about staining.
Next, fill a clean spray bottle with white vinegar. You could just pour from the vinegar bottle, but you’ll use a lot less with a spray bottle. You’ll also be apply to apply the vinegar to the entire inside of the bowl and spray on targeted areas.
Spray some white vinegar inside the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. I usually let it work for at least 10 minutes. You can also let it sit for several hours or even overnight.
You can even just pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl’s water and let it sit. This is especially effective if there is a toilet ring at water height. I’ve done this when we leave the house for a while.
When it comes time to scrub your toilet, use a toilet brush dipped in the clean toilet bowl water. Then start scrubbing. You will be surprised at how well the grimy mess comes off after soaking in vinegar.
Still got some stubborn stains? Try the vinegar one more time. If it still doesn’t work, then consider a hydrogen peroxide-based bleach or a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner product.
Worried about how well vinegar can kill germs? Don’t be. The acidity in vinegar kills germs, bacteria and mold on contact. Vinegar can be used to clean so many things, including using vinegar to clean a showerhead and even using vinegar to kill weeds outdoors.
While television commercials would have you believe that you need harsh chemicals to disinfect your toilet, a healthier alternative of white vinegar will work just as well.
I’ve never been too sure why people are so freakishly worried about clean toilet bowl water, either. What are you doing with the toilet bowl water to need it to be so germ free? Yes, kill germs when you can. But why so concerned about water you never touch, would not wash your hands with, won’t touch your body and doesn’t come out of the toilet under most normal daily conditions???
And you won’t be flushing your hard earned dollars down the toilet, either, when you use vinegar to clean your toilet.
Want to reduce the amount of time you need in between scrubbing your toilet bowl? Check out these easy nontoxic DIY fizzy toilet bombs from my friend Micaela over at Mindful Momma.