Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A happy toilet

I need to get something off my chest: I like cleaning toilets. In fact, that may be one of my favorite chores. Is that strange? I'll ponder that someday. I like that kind of cleaning because it's immediate and you can clearly see a difference. Unlike sorting through clutter...easily (EASILY!) my least favorite task. Gag. Shudder.

I've become very interested lately in finding chemical-free strategies for cleaning my little home. I'm convinced that breathing in all those fumes can't be good for you. Plus, many of those cleaners aren't cheap, and I'm all about saving pennies. I've been using white vinegar/water solution in a spray bottle and baking soda for a while with much success, but I feel like a toilet and a tub need a little more scrubbin', know what I mean?

Enter: my new cleaning arsenal...

Borax and lemon juice. That's it! Just pour 1/4 cup of borax in the toilet along with some lemon juice (I used a half). Let sit for a while and then scrub it out. I couldn't get over how well it worked and how nice and fresh it smelled. So much better than those fakey "mountain meadow spring" smells in some cleaners.

Give it a shot! It's better for you. It's cheaper. It makes you feel delightfully old-fashioned, which is always fun. Plus, it makes your toilet happy. Who doesn't want their toilet to be happy?

I found this idea and oodles of others at Make It Do, a treasure trove of little tips like this one. Just a great site that I found and wanted to share with yall!


  1. I hate, hate, hate cleaning bathrooms.. will you clean mine??? ;)

    I think I will have to check out your cleaning supplies there.... I don't like the smell of cleaning stuff either!

  2. Lemony fresh! Love this idea; I will pass it on to my toilet scrubbing man.

  3. Leesha, I'll happily clean your bathrooms if you cover the airfare :) Seriously, get you some borax and lemon juice. It smelled so nice and did such a good job cleaning!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  4. bakerbyNature, I love natural cleaning tips like this one. Cheap and old-fashioned is the way I like it!

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see more of you around :)



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