We believe that everyone we’re surprised when they learned that coca cola can be used as a toilet cleaner. As weird as it sounds, it’s still good to know that there are non-toxic everyday products that can do the same job as the store bought (and don’t forget extremely toxic) bleaches.
The Dangers of Common Toilet Bowl Cleaners:
Toilet bowl cleaners and other cleaning products contain tons of harmful chemicals. Many people endanger their lives by mixing cleaning products, thus creating a chemical reaction that causes serious health damage.
As Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition states, acidic toilet bowl cleaners are amongst the top three most dangerous cleaning products in a home!
The most common cleaning agent is chlorine bleach, which is a known lung and eye irritant.
Chlorine bleach is very common in toilet bowl cleaners, and in itself is a lung and eye irritant. And if that’s not enough, when mixed with ammonia, it creates a highly toxic chloramine gas. This gas causes reactions ranging from coughing and irritation, to severe lung damage and pneumonia.
What’s worse, ammonia is a common ingredient in many cleaning products. Another case where a chloramine gas is created is when chlorine bleaches are mixed with an acidic toilet bowl cleaner. Chlorine gas is very dangerous. It’s effects range from coughing, watery eyes and nose, all the way to major breathing problems, water in lungs, pneumonia, and even death!
Another dangerous chemical found in toilet cleaning agents is Sodium Hydroxide, which also has similar effects, and is also highly corrosive.
That’s why today we will present you a very helpful recipe for a non toxic toilet cleaner!
- 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup of Citric Acid
- 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch
- Water in a Spray Bottle
- 1 Gallon Sized Zip-top Bag
- 25 Drops Each of 3 Essential Oils*
*It’s best to include either the lemon or orange version as one of the three oils due to their cleaning properties, alongside two others with your favorite scents.
- A mold of your choice
- A Giant Ziploc bag
- Start by putting all of the ingredients (except for the essential oils and the bottle of water) into the bag and shake them well.
- Open the bag up and add two-three spritz of water.
- Close the bag and knead.
- Repeat steps 2-3 about 5-7 times. If the bag gets puffy, let some air out (nothing to worry about) and continue.
Once the mixture becomes like dough, take some into a fist and see if it sticks together. If it does, you are all set.
- Drop in those essential oils drops and knead again.
- Press the mixture into your molds
- Leave them to dry for two days, then remove them out of the molds.
- Place them somewhere high, and let them dry for another two days
- Store them in a sealed container until you need to use them.
“Using these is easy. Just drop them into your bowl until they stop fizzing. You can use a scrubby brush to clean off anything else and then flush. Good for you, good for the environment.”