If you’re sick of cleaning your toilet with harsh chemicals such as bleach, there is another way.
There are a range of different household products you can use to get your loo clean, and most of them you’ll easily find in the supermarket or in your cupboard.
Here are six ways you can clean and disinfect your toilet without chemicals.
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1. Use vinegar
If you’ve got vinegar laying around, it’s a handy cleaning product. Try pouring some vinegar in your toilet, giving your toilet a scrub and flushing it. For stubborn stains or stains that sit higher than the water reaches, soak paper towel or toilet paper in vinegar and sit them on the stain for a few hours. Remove them when you’re finished and give the area a thorough scrub.
2. Try a grapefruit and some salt
Sometimes to get a good clean, you need to put on your rubber gloves and get scrubbing in the toilet bowl. If you’re planning on doing that, you can use a grapefruit and some salt. All you need to do is cut the grapefruit in half, dip it in salt and give the toilet a good scrub. Flush the toilet when you’re done – it’ll smell much better and the acidity of the grapefruit will have eaten away at the stains.
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3. Disinfect with hydrogen peroxide
Another handy product to have laying around is hydrogen peroxide. You can disinfect your toilet by pouring some hydrogen peroxide in it and give the toilet a good flush. You can also try putting some hydrogen peroxide in a spray battle and wiping down the toilet bowl, and around and underneath the toilet seat.
4. Combine vinegar and baking soda in your toilet bowl
Stains won’t stand a chance against either of these products when combined. Try pouring vinegar in the water in your toilet bowl and sprinkle baking soda around the edges. Scrub the toilet with a scrubbing brush, mixing the baking soda and vinegar together. Apparently the chemical reaction between the two will eat away tough stains and make your toilet fresh, clean and smell better.
5. Lemon juice
The citric acid in citrus fruits such as lemons makes for a great natural cleaner. Try pouring some lemon juice or squeezing a lemon in your toilet. You can also scrub your toilet with a lemon and leave it to soak. Simply scrub, leave to sit and then flush and you’ll have a fresh, healthy smelling toilet. The citric acid will cling to any harmful minerals and stains in your toilet, making them easier to remove.
If you’ve been told borax is the same thing as boric acid, you shouldn’t listen. Apparently it is as safe to use as salt or baking soda in large amounts, which is why it’s great to use in your toilet. Not only is a great cleaner around the house, it’ll whiten, deodorise and remove stains from in and around your toilet.