Homemade Cleaning Products: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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

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.