Monday, May 14, 2007
The Tidey Bowl Woman
White vinegar + baking soda = a sparkling clean toilet bowl.
I did my own science experiment. It works!
How's it done? Pour a quarter cup of vinegar into the toilet (be bold and eyeball it, as the thought of a measuring cup in the bathroom is making me heave), shake a bit of baking soda over the water. You'll hear the fizz, you'll see the bubbles, you'll think, "This is rather odd, but exhilarating at the same time," and after a few swishes with a toilet bowl scrub brush (and some more delightful fizzing), you'll have a shiny toilet bowl. (and yes, it works on hard water stains also, just brush the mixture up on any stains and let it soak for a few minutes)
Why would you do this instead of using your own ugly container of toilet bowl cleanser that sits behind the toilet like a red-headed stepchild? Or even worse, disposable brush heads (the kings of waste)? Well --
- it's cheaper (much cheaper, in fact)
- it's ALL natural (your current cleaner can't say that and even if it can, that means you spent too much for it)
- it's better for the environment (MUCH better ... in fact, the chemicals in toilet bowl cleanser kill the good bacteria in septic tanks causing contents to fill instead of being "eaten", which leads to costly repairs. Hey city dwellers, you're not getting off that easy. The junk you're pouring in that toilet is killing fish. Your sewage goes back out to sea and sometimes gets turned back into drinking water (don't even want to get into that one). Think the fish, turtles, whales, dolphins, and sharks thrive on bleach? Think you could? Think again.)
- it's non-toxic, which means, no gagging fumes, no unhappy lungs (or eco-systems)
- it has multi-purposes (you can clean porcelain, tiles, and any other thing you want with the same mixture)
Yes, you can use generic white vinegar and baking soda. And yes, if you must, you can use apple cider vinegar, but white is generally more effective.
Happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I'll take a picture of my gift (cool gardening tool bucket filled with top-of-the-line tools) when I get a bit more time. =)
Labels: all natural toilet bowl cleanser, baking soda, spring cleaning, white vinegar