How to Clean a Toilet Bowl With Vinegar

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups white vinegar

  • Toilet brush

  • Optional:

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 1 cup borax

  • 1 cup lemon juice

Toilet bowls need to be cleaned regularly because they can quickly develop bacteria, film and lime scale that can be hard to remove if left for an extended period of time. Since toilets are cleaned so often, the price of retail cleaning products can really add up, creating the need to find an inexpensive cleaning solution that will work just as well as brand-name cleaners. Vinegar is the perfect substitute.


Cleaning with Vinegar

Step 1

To quickly clean the toilet bowl, pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into the toilet. Close the lid and let sit for 30 minutes or until the next flush. Flush the toilet and the majority of buildup and discoloration will wash away with the flush.

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Step 2

White vinegar also works as a disinfectant. Do not substitute any other types of vinegar for the white vinegar, as other types will not have the same cleaning effect. To use as a disinfectant, let the 3 cups of vinegar sit in the toilet bowl overnight, then scrub clean with a toilet brush to break away any remaining residue in the toilet bowl.


Step 3

Add an optional cup of baking soda, as this will work to deodorize the toilet bowl. Let the baking soda sit overnight when possible, then scrub the toilet with a toilet bowl brush. Repeat weekly or as needed to keep the toilet bowl odor free.

Step 4

Sprinkle a cup of borax into the toilet bowl, along with a cup of lemon juice, to remove stubborn rings around the toilet bowl. The ingredients will combine to remove the toilet bowl ring, along with any odor in the toilet.