Earth Day is almost here and you may be thinking about ways to help out our good Mother. With more stories coming out about how toxic cleaners are, and that some do more harm than good, you may be feeling guilty about the biochemical lab under your sink.
When it comes to cleaning your home, most people reach for bleach or other harsh chemicals. Unfortunately, these harsh chemicals can be harmful to your health and your plumbing. Plus, there are ways to get your home clean without using such severe cleaners. Even your toilet can benefit from a more natural clean. That’s right, the most used chair in the home can be cleaned by natural methods. Furthermore, every time you flush or put anything down a drain, it ends up in the water system—including toilet water. Even though it gets processed and treated, your icky water gets flushed and ends up at the treatment facility. From there, it is processed and moved forward for separation. After being processed some more, it makes it way back into the water system. As for your plumbing, harsh chemicals can erode pipes so it’s better not to use them at all. You should use only natural ingredients if possible. Plus, you will save a few bucks too. Try some of these homemade toilet bowl cleaning tips from the folks at DIY Natural.
Yes, that other wonderful clear liquid is making a comeback. White vinegar is incredibly acidic and can cut through grime. Vinegar does eliminate odors and is also safe. Use one cup of vinegar in your bowl, and use your toilet brush. If you aren’t crazy about the smell, mix in about 5 drops of essential peppermint oil.
Most people think of their grandmother when they see or think of Borax. And, she was right all these years—the stuff works. Use one cup of Borax in your toilet and let it sit overnight. Use your toilet cleaning brush the next morning.
Yes, tea tree oil does kill germs. Use ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of tea tree essential oil. Mix the vinegar and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Spray your toilet with the mixture then toss in your baking soda. Let everything sit for a few minutes and use your toilet brush.
Now that everything is clean, you can breathe deep without worry.
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