How To Make A Naturally Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner | Growing Up Herbal | A simple DIY toilet bowl cleaner that will naturally disinfect nasty toilet bowls.

If you love making your own natural cleaners, but you’re sick and tired of them being way too complicated or expensive to make, stick around… you’ll love the one I have for you today.

It only uses 3 simple ingredients.

The Problem Is Over-Complicated Natural Cleaners

I love making my own natural cleaners, but I also like keeping them simple and not overdoing it.

There are a thousand DIY recipes out there for cleaning every household thing under the sun… many of which are over-complicated and way too expensive to make if you ask me.

I’m a busy woman, and I don’t have time to make complicated natural household cleaners every 2 months.  Since I like to keep everything in my life as simple as possible, I’ve chosen to do the same thing with the natural cleaners found under my kitchen sink. I have a limited amount of space there, and I don’t want to drag out 20 different cleaners when it’s time for me to clean my house when I really only need 5.

In-Depth Recipes DO NOT Mean Better Cleaning

Just because a natural cleaning recipe uses more ingredients or because it has more steps involved does not mean it’s a better cleaner than one that doesn’t.

As far as I’m concerned, there are only 3 reasons why a person would choose to make homemade natural cleaners in the first place.

  1. To use products in our homes that are better for our health
  2. To save money
  3. To clean our homes

Using a complicated recipe does not make your cleaner healthier for you, it definitely doesn’t make it cheaper, and it doesn’t even make it clean better. Even the simplest natural cleaning ingredients are known disinfectants. Not to mention topping them off with essential oils that are also anti-microbial!

So let me say it again… simple cleaners work just as well as complicated, in-depth cleaners do. Plus they save you time, money, and sanity. Or maybe I’m the only one they drive crazy!

Let’s Choose To Keep It Simple

A little while ago, I was talking about natural cleaning over on my Facebook page (there’s always great conversation going on over there) and as I was trying to find some new cleaning recipes to share, I realized that many of you are like me… busy moms that want cleaning recipes that are simple and effective… but unfortunately I was having a really hard time coming up with some good ones that I could share!

So let me just say here… I’m going to try my darnedest to only put recipes up on this blog that I would personally use and aren’t difficult or too expensive to make. Okay? They will be healthy. They’ll save you money. They’ll definitely clean and be natural. And of course… they’ll save you time, and I think you’ll love them.

So on to the first one!!

How To Make A Naturally Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner

How To Make A Naturally Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner -

You’ll need:

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar (20% – used only for cleaning… or weed killing) (here and here are two online options)
  • disinfecting essential oil blend – here, here, and here are some of my favorites


  1. Take 1 cup of baking soda and place it in a glass bowl.
  2. Drop 50 drops of your essential oil blend into the baking soda. Remember, this is to be disinfecting your toilet bowl so it has to be STRONG… toilet bowls are nasty!
  3. Use a wooden spoon or a pestle to blend the oils into the baking soda.
  4. When all the oil clumps are broken up, put your blend in a glass jar to store.

To Use:

Before cleaning your toilet, it’s important to turn the water off at the back of your toilet then flush it to remove all water from the bowl. Next, sprinkle 1 TBSP of your mix around your toilet bowl and give it a good scrub with a toilet brush. Feel free to let this sit while you clean something else in your bathroom. After a few minutes, pour 8 TBSP of 20% vinegar around your toilet bowl. It will fizz and foam as the baking soda and vinegar react. Grab your toilet bowl cleaning wand and give the toilet an extra scrub or two so the vinegar can touch as much as the bowl surface as possible. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes before turning your water back on and flushing the toilet once more.

But Wait! Don’t Baking Soda & Vinegar Neutralize Each Other?

Yes. I know that baking soda and vinegar neutralize one another, but that’s only in certain amounts. The amounts listed in this recipe call for more vinegar which means your toilet water will be slightly acidic in the end… not neutral. Now, if you choose to skimp on the vinegar part and say, only use 4 TBSP., then yes, you will have neutralized your baking soda. Point being… use what’s recommended. And feel free to double-check my math. I’m no math whiz, but I think I’m pretty close on these measurements.

Now, I know you’re thinking that the 20% vinegar is expensive, and you’re wondering if you can use the 5% vinegar that your grocery store sells because it’s cheaper, right? Right.

So, yes. You can use a 5% vinegar, but you’ll need to use 33 TBSP. of a 5% vinegar as opposed to the 8 TBSP. of 20% vinegar. Here’s how that breaks down, use-wise and cost-wise.

You will get 35 uses out of the 20% vinegar which comes out to cost $.71 per use if you purchase the single gallon of vinegar in the link above. You will get 8 uses out of the 5% vinegar which can cost between $5 and $10 depending on the brand you buy and comes out to cost $.63 – $.1.25 per use.

The choice is yours.

How It Works To Clean Your Toilet

Below are some of the ways that this recipe works to clean your toilet. 

  • The baking soda gives you a little bit extra abrasiveness that helps to scrub the gunk away. It also helps to deodorize your toilet somewhat.
  • The white vinegar is said to be effective at killing 90% of mold and 99.9% of certain bacteria. However, this is when vinegar is sprayed directly on the surface you want to disinfect… not mixed with water. I’m also not sure what percentage of acetic acid these statistics are referring to. Common household vinegar is around 5%, but the recipe above calls for 20% which is the strongest I’ve seen available.
  • The baking soda reacting with the vinegar produces a foaming reaction that can help to loosen dirt and grime.
  • The essential oils, depending upon the oils you use, help to reduce the bacteria count in your toilet and make your toilet smell nice for a short while. There have been a good number of studies done on the antimicrobial properties of certain essential oils so this will be where the majority of the disinfecting comes from.

So there you have it. Three ingredients. Simple and uncomplicated. Oh yeah… and it cleans well.


What do you use to clean your toilets that are natural?

Looking for more natural cleaners? Check this out –> 42 DIY Recipes To Keep Your Home Naturally Clean and Why I’m Trading In My Homemade Natural Cleaners For Something Simpler!

Post updated January 2019.