I have tried many things over the years in order to clean my toilet and this mixture is one of the MOST effective so far !

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Let's be real, nobody actually likes cleaning their toilet, but it's something that needs to be done regularly. Since you have to do it often, it's good to learn some good cleaning tips and techniques so that you can make it easier on yourself. Plus, if you don't like the chemical cleaners you find at the store, you will probably benefit from learning how to make your own natural house cleaners to use when cleaning your toilet, shower, bathtub and sink. Most of the chemical cleaners have bleach and other toxins in them which can be very bad for our health, especially if you have little ones or pets. They are also really bad for the environment too which is another reason to go all natural with your house cleaners. Christine from Saved By Grace shares her most effective cleaning tips for cleaning the toilets in her home, which is this homemade toilet powder. Instead of using a toilet cleaning gel or spray like you would get with most commercial products, this toilet cleaner is a powder that fizzes up in your toilet. The fizzing action will provide some more scrubbing benefits, plus, it will be fun for kids to try out if they want to help out around the house. This homemade cleaner is much like the toilet bombs you can make, except much easier because you don't have to form them into shapes and you can use it right away.

You'll get about 2 cups of the powder from her recipe, which will be enough to last you a few months depending on how many times you use it or how many bathrooms you have in your home. Christine says that her batch usually lasts her about 2 to 3 months cleaning two bathrooms once a week. The natural house cleaners you'll need to make this toilet cleaning powder are baking soda and citric acid which you may already have on hand in your home. You will also need some essential oils. She used some lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil, but you could use any scent you like. Lemon or Lime essential oil would give you a fresh, clean scent and the acids in it would also help to clean the toilet along with the citric acid in the mixture. Eucalyptus would also be a great scent to try out with the lavender and peppermint and would give your bathroom a spa-like scent. All you have to do is mix the baking soda with the essential oils first, which is very important and Christine explains why on her website. Then you mix in the citric acid carefully, but be sure to read and follow the directions on her website with all of the ingredient amounts which are also very important to follow.

Once you have your natural toilet cleaner all mixed up, all you do is just pour a couple of spoonfuls into the toilet, let it fizz up for a few minutes and then scrub and flush as usual. If you have some hard to scrub hard water stains in your toilet you can also allow the powder to sit in the toilet for longer, a few hours or more if needed. Then. when you scrub the stains off, they will have loosened from the baking soda and citric acid. Vinegar is also a great ingredient to use for removing tough, hard water stains in your bathroom too, just don't mix it in with the baking soda and citric acid combination because it might cause too much fizzing. Try out this and other cleaning tips from Christine's website.***

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