It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.
The toilet isn't going to clean itself (especially when you've got sons). Cleaning the toilet is a weekend chore at our house, and up until recently, we have been using commercial toilet cleaner. But most commerical toilet cleaners contain some pretty harsh ingredients, such as sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and hydrochloric acid; and some contain ingredients that you'd have to be a chemist to understand, like 3-(3-Hydroxypropoxy)Propan-1-ol. Don't ask me what that is, I have no idea.
Once our store-bought toilet cleaner ran out, I decided I would craft my own toilet bowl cleaner, using safe ingredients that I can understand. I saved and cleaned out the container from the store-bought cleaner to put my homemade stuff in, but I'm sure that any type of squeeze bottle would work alright for this.
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Ingredients:
1 2/3 Cups baking soda
1/2 Cup liquid soap
1/2 Cup water (more can be added if the mixture is too thick)
2 Tablespoons vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or measuring cup. The mixture will fizz up slightly when the baking soda and vinegar are combined. Mix well; transfer mixture to a squeeze bottle. Shake before each use.
To use, squirt the cleaner around the inside of your toilet bowl. Scrub well with a toilet brush. You can allow the cleaner to sit on the toilet for an additional 15 minutes, and scrub again, if you would like. Flush the toilet to rinse.
If the cleaner begins to get thick or harden, add some warm water to the bottle and shake to thin it back out.
And that's it! I tried this cleaner over the weekend, and it worked just as well as our previous store-bought cleaner had.