Save Money on Toilet Bowl Cleaner

by David Bakke

toilet bowlOK everybody, here goes. This is another one of those “make at home” type things that I found somewhere on the internet and actually tried out.  I can give you some actual, real feedback on its effectiveness and savings.

Just last week, I tried out some homemade toilet bowl cleaner.  And believe it or not, it worked out quite well.  I found the benefits to be many, the user-friendliness of it to be wonderful, and the savings seem to be there as well also.

This is what I found.  The list of ingredients for my homemade toilet bowl cleaner call for:

1 ½ cups of white vinegar

1 cup of baking soda

¼ cup of salt

5-10 drops of essential oil

Basically, you pour everything in, mix it up a little with your toilet bowl brush, and then let it sit for 20 minutes.  Then, go back, scrub down the bowl and flush.  It’s that simple.

Before I get into the cost breakdown of this, let me tell you something. The “amounts” on this recipe simply seemed to be way too much to for one cleaning of your toilet bowl (unless of course, you have an extremely large or extremely dirty toilet bowl).  Therefore, I eyeballed it pretty much, but I basically cut the amounts on this recipe in half. 

Oh, and the essential oil thing really only seems to be for fragrance purposes.  It says it serves an antibacterial purpose, but I would imagine that you could eliminate this as well and still have the same effect.

So, according to my calculations, using the homemade recipe would cost you about 24 cents per use.  Using a store bought brand of toilet bowl cleaner would cost about 63 cents. This works out to approximately a 62% savings on your toilet bowl cleaning.

Now, in terms of dollars saved, is this going to make you a million dollars over the course of a year?  Absolutely not.  However, below, I listed out all of the benefits that I came across during the use of this homemade stuff.

Ease of use. As opposed to other homemade recipes that you actually have to mix up, with this one, you’re just pouring the ingredients into your bowl, so there is really no preparation time to make it or storage of it.  This was a big plus to me.

–Also, now, rather than polluting the environment with an empty toilet bowl cleaner container every month or so, you will now only be throwing away the big gallon jug of white vinegar about once every three months.  A benefit for the environment.

–Third, a lot of the commercial toilet bowl cleaners (especially the blue ones) can do harm to your toilet plumbing and pipes.  Obviously, these ingredients are all natural, so you can eliminate that issue as well.

–And finally, the savings involved.  Again, I won’t break the bank with this savings idea, but every penny helps.

Overall, I’d give this recipe an A+.  I think the savings are minimal, but when you add everything up, it has many other benefits to be reaped.

Comments, suggestions and feedback are all appreciated below.


1 Hugging the Coast April 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

Additionally, baking soda and vinegar are so useful for cleaning around the home that you can cut down on the amount of expensive chemicals you keep in the house …saving even more money and storage space.
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2 Kris Cavanaugh April 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Thanks, David! I learn something new everytime I get a chance to read your blog! ~ Kris Cavanaugh (
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3 David/Yourfinances101 April 14, 2010 at 1:46 am

Yes Kris,

I can’t believe how much I have learned as well.
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4 David/Yourfinances101 April 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

Hugging the Coast:

I’ve seen these two ingredients in just about all homemade type cleaning products.

I imagine as I go thru the list of all the stuff there is to make yourself at home, I’ll be using more and more of it.

Thanks for commenting
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5 toilet cubicles August 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Some cleaners for our home appliances are really just inside our house, we just don’t know it and how to use it. Your blog is a very helpful thing because you thought us how to make some simple toilet bowl cleaner where we don’t have to spend so much money. With that, we can really save more money and buy other things more important than buying so expensive chemical cleaners.

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