DIY Natural Toilet Cleaner + 6 Bathroom Toilet Cleaning Tips

Raising Whasians
by Raising Whasians
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20 Minutes

Make an all-natural toilet cleaner + 6 places you're NOT cleaning at your bathroom toilet! Time to step up spring cleaning!

When was the last time you cleaned the inside

So, do you know how often I open up the water tank of my toilet? Not often. But if you take a look at the's a breeding ground for hard water stains, mold, mildew and bacteria. Eww. So whenever I start my toilet cleaning endeavors, I start with the water tank to help keep my toilet bowl cleaner between uses. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the tank. Allow to sit while you clean. Then flush 2-3 times to rinse out the tank. (You definitely do not want to leave vinegar in your tank for a long period of time. It will start eroding your metal components.)

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How to Disinfect Your Toilet Brush

You use your toilet brush all the time to get the bowl. Bravo. But when was the last time that you cleaned the brush? Ahem - yeah. Me too. So while you're bowl may look sparkly clean, you're also spreading those germs from the last clean...and the clean before that...and the clean before that from your friend, Mr. Toilet Brush. Gross! While there may be debate here, I do recommend on soaking the whole brush in vinegar first, overnight. For a deeper clean, I would go ahead and soak in bleach too. And if you haven't changed out your brush in awhile (like once or twice a year), it may be time for that too.

You've tackled the bowl, perhaps you even got the seat and under the seat. That's great. But imagine if you will the moment when you flush the toilet. There's particles of bacteria, water, and YUCK floating all over the bathroom. So making sure to clean the whole toilet, include every surface from bowl to base is super important.

And speaking of surfaces, do you know how many times your dirty hands touch the toilet paper holder? GROSS! Make sure to disinfect the entire toilet paper holder too...and maybe change out the roll while you're there.

Maybe it's because of my history as a pediatric nurse, but I'm pretty clean obsessed when it comes to any handles and knobs. And the toilet handle is one of the most touched areas of your bathroom. So even if I think that I got all of the bathroom toilet flusher handle area, I go ahead and clean that sucker again right before I leave. Because....yep, it's gross.

Hope you've taken to heart these 6 tips on really getting your bathroom toilet clean. For more tips including how to make this DIY Natural Toilet Cleaner, be sure to visit my blog Raising Whasians for more details!

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  • Ileana Taylor Ileana Taylor on Jan 03, 2023

    How is putting the vinegar in the tank going to clean the hard spots in the bowl?

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Mar 20, 2023

    Do you know if this is safe for septic system? Thanks

  • Terri Terri on Mar 21, 2023

    For many decades there was no rule to close the toilet lid before flushing and people had pretty darned good immune systems. Enter the "enlightened age" of closed lids and antibacterial soaps, and we have antibiotic resistant bacteria and kids needing antibiotic therapy all of the time. Perhaps it's time to rein in the entire OCD school of thought on this and just be clean. And antibacterial DISH soap? What in the world are people putting on their serving ware?

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  • Air Air on Jul 27, 2023

    Back in the 90’s Barbara Walters while working on 20/20 did an amazing episode on the dirtiest things in your home. The bathroom was tested using swabs and Petri dishes. It showed that when the toilet seat was left open and flushed the particles were sent back into the air, landing on whatever it wanted. Fecal matter along with urine we’re found on many surfaces. Toothbrushes left on the counter. Doesn’t take a genius to understand that the bathroom had both fecal/urine on the counter and other surfaces simply because the toilet lid was not closed! It was disgusting and being a teenager I watched along with my mom and we agreed to always shut the toilet lid down. Germs are everywhere but we don’t have to worry about them if we are cleaning our homes correctly and starting with shutting the toilet lid. It also focused on hotel rooms, yuck! You’ll can say that it’s many decades but not really! Getting dirty out playing is one thing, to leave the bathroom and wash your hands only to touch the door knob or light fixture and transfer fecal matter into other areas of the home is just gross, and a line up of people with diarrhea. It’s not about being obsessed, it’s clearly obvious that neither of you work in a hospital. It’s the utmost important part of your job to get home, strip off your clothes and take to the laundry and get in the shower. This was before COVID!

    Fighting germs is one thing, but knowing that leaving the toilet lid open when flushing the velocity of air particles from inside the toilet is now completely everywhere in your bathroom! Gross! No obsessive thoughts or OCD has anything to do with the lid being shut, it’s just a known fact that you leave the lid open and yuck! If children can remember to put the lid down before flushing it shouldn’t be too hard for adults!

    • Nancy Nancy 5 days ago

      Thank you so much for your information. Sometimes we "older" folks just need a heads-up. Not easy getting old.

  • Marcam1977 Marcam1977 on Aug 22, 2023

    I agree with all these comments really. I'm actually an absolute clean freak at heart since I'm about 12 (now 64) 🧐 I do believe there should be a balance however. As my dear mother🙏 (who funny enough instilled my Felix Unger ways lol) used to say, "a little dirt won't hurt you." Yes, I truly believe so. In moderation 😁😂