Homemade Cleaning Products: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Combine some baking soda and vinegar for an effective and homemade toilet bowl cleaner.

If you have 30 minutes

This recipe harnesses baking soda's gentle abrasiveness, vinegar's acidity and the stain-lifting power of the fizz created by mixing the two, plus tea-tree oil's antibacterial capabilities.

Prep: 2 min.

Cost: 48¢

Yield: 1 cup (enough for 1 use)



  • Measuring cup
  • Toilet brush



  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 10 drops tea-tree essential oil½ cup
  • distilled white vinegar


Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar—in that order. Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush.