Toilet Bowl Formula - Heavy Duty

Prep Time

5 min


  • ¾ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • glass bottle


Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass bottle. 

Swish water around inside of toilet bowl with toilet brush, or simply flush to wet the inside of the bowl. 

Pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl, and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. 

Make sure family members do not use the toilet during this time. 

Scrub the bowl and flush toilet to rinse.


The dangers of commercial toilet bowl cleaners

Most commercial toilet bowl cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can pollute your home’s environment.

Hydrochloric acid is an active ingredient in many toilet bowl cleaners. This corrosive chemical is extremely toxic, posing an alarming risk to children, pets, and especially the unfortunate family member who has the chore of cleaning toilets.

Inhalation of hydrochloric acid fumes is harmful to the nose, throat, and respiratory tract. If it gets on your skin it’s highly corrosive.

Chlorine bleach is another harmful ingredient. Bleach is highly caustic, meaning it can burn, corrode, or destroy living tissue. In addition to burning your eyes, nose, and skin, it can easily aggravate asthma symptoms.

While bleach and hydrochloric acid definitely give germs and stains the 1-2 punch, it’s not necessary to pollute your home and risk the potential health hazards when disinfecting your toilet. There’s a reason you’re not getting this message from large corporations though, they can’t make any money if everyone starts cleaning their toilets with, say, vinegar. {gasp} Heaven forbid we forgo those blue concoctions that Big Business peddles as “the ONLY thing that can kill germs in our bathrooms.”

Yeah right, we know better.

Natural cleaners for toilets

There are several natural ingredients you can use to formulate your own toilet bowl cleaners. Making your own allows you the freedom to use whichever ingredients you feel are safest for your family, are readily available, and will perform the best.

White vinegar: You’re probably bored of hearing all the hype on green-living websites about how wonderful vinegar is for natural cleaning. But I can’t stop singing its praises. Vinegar is a mild acid. It disinfects, eliminates odors, and is extremely safe.

Borax: Contrary to inaccurate information on some websites, borax is NOT the same thing as boric acid (which is toxic). It is actually sodium tetraborate, and is only as toxic as regular table salt or baking soda, in very LARGE amounts. Borax is a great multi-purpose cleaner that whitens, deodorizes, and removes stains. (find borax powder here)

Lemon juice or citric acid: Citric acid, also found in lemon juice, binds to minerals in the toilet bowl making them easier to eliminate. It may help diminish tough toilet stains left by hard water. (find citric acid here)