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How to Clean a Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar

This article was written as a response to the question:
How much baking soda and vinegar to use in cleaning a toilet. How to use the baking soda and vinegar mixture to clean a toilet.

Baking soda, by itself, has been proven to be an effective cleaning agent in the bathroom. Baking soda combined with vinegar, however, is a more effective cleaning agent for stubborn toilet stains and mildews. Baking soda and vinegar mixed properly can leave your toilet & bathroom sparkly and smelling clean. What’s more it’s cheap – which is very important for all that we do in the current economic situation – and almost effortless!

What you need:

1 – 2 cups vinegar

½ – 1 cup baking soda

There are actually two ways to use baking soda and vinegar in cleaning a toilet bowl.

One way is to sprinkle a ½ cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl, then shower or dribble the bowl with vinegar. Leave it for 10 to 30 minutes – check your emails, read your favorite blog or have a cup of coffee – depending on the amount of stains and mildew. Then scour the toilet bowl with a toilet brush. For remaining stains mixed the other half cup of baking soda with warm water and apply it to the stained area. Then use the remaining vinegar to scrub the toilet. Voila! Now you have a toilet that is both clean and smells good.

Another way is to use the vinegar first. Apply a cup of full-strength vinegar on to the toilet bowl – inside and outside – and let it settle. Go and have a chat with your best friend, give your boyfriend a shout out or even take a nap. After about 20 to 30 minutes, grab a toilet brush, wet it in the toilet and remove it. Sprinkle a handful of baking soda on the toilet brush and use it to scour the toilet. Repeat this procedure until you have cleaned the bowl. Mixed the remaining baking soda with warm water and use the mixture to remove remaining stains and mildew, if any. Then use the remaining vinegar to scrub the toilet.

Although both is as effective as the other, the first way will not leave the toilet and bath smelling like a vinegar plant after the first 30 minutes. The first way is preferred by those who do not like vinegar smell that much.

Sometimes for the simplest household management problems, the simplest and most accessible household products hold the answer. Most of the times there is no need to drive out and pick up an expensive toilet cleaning solution at the supermarket.

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Comments (6)

Hi, Anna,

Excellent ideas for cleaning, thanks for sharing this with us!

Hi Peter, Thank you. I am glad to be of service. Liza

This is great info, thanks... :o)

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Thanks for sharing the great info. Baking soda can also be used on a wide variety of other materials and surfaces. You can use it to clean stainless steel, to remove tannin stains caused by tea and coffee from crockery and to remove crayon stains from wallpaper. Just sprinkle it onto a wet sponge and apply to the surface. __________________________ flooded basement repair NY