My youngest child just drank out of the toilet last night! I seriously couldn’t believe it! Who drinks out of the toilet?! Dogs maybe. However, if I had to choose which child I thought might try this, it would be my youngest. He certainly keeps me on my toes. So, as any mom would do, I panicked that he might get sick from the gross toilet water and decided I better Google “Child drank toilet water”. Luckily I am not the only parent to deal with this issue, and I’m happy to report that, according to the web (where all information is true), he should be fine. However, there were so many people commenting on the fact that, had there been a cleaning solution in the bowl (or those 1000 flushes things), he might have been poisoned. That got me thinking, what if I had just cleaned the toilet? (Which I probably don’t do often enough, so no worries there.)
So, for my cleaning tip today, I’m exploring DIY toilet bowl cleaner. That way, if anyone decides to drink from the toilet again, I’ll know that, outside of it making me want to vomit, they should be fine.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Baking Soda
- Spray Bottle (These are my favorite)
This is super, duper easy! Start by pouring some vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray it all around the toilet bowl. Allow the vinegar to sit for 15 minutes. The vinegar kills both germs and mold. After the 15 minutes are up, sprinkle in some baking soda. The baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to help with scrubbing and it also absorbs odors. Scrub the toilet with a toilet brush and flush when done. I use my DIY cleaning wipes to wash down the handle and seat of the toilet. Then I add two toilet bombs to freshen it up.
How Much Do You Save?
Buying Toilet Bowl Cleaner at the Store
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner= The cheapest Toilet Bowl Cleaner I could find was The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner at Walmart for 4.3¢ per fluid ounce ($2.76 for 64 fluid ounces).
Making Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 64 oz. Vinegar= about $1.21 (based on Walmart’s price of $2.48 for 128 oz. or 1.9¢ per fluid ounce)
- 2 Cups Baking Soda= 54¢ (based on Walmart’s price of 54¢ for 16 oz.)
This means that for the 64 oz. of toilet bowl cleaner you would get at Walmart for $2.76, you could make 64 oz. of your own for $1.65, saving yourself $1.11. And remember that Walmart’s price is the cheapest price I could find! Not only that, you use so little vinegar and baking soda for the DIY version, it’ll last you a whole lot longer than store-bought.
Hopefully your children are not drinking your toilet water, but if they do, you can rest assured they are probably going to be just fine without any potentially harmful chemicals from other cleaners.
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