Borax Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Borax (or sodium borate) is a naturally occurring mineral that is produced when seasonal lakes repeatedly evaporate. We humans mine it from the ground then wash, dry, and package it for purchasing. There is some debate about whether or not borax is safe. Based off of the information I’ve read, I have come to the conclusion that it is perfectly safe to use for cleaning (though I wouldn’t want to ingest it), and it does not harm the environment. At the very least, it is the lesser of two evils when compared to the toxic chemical soup that mainstream cleaners are made up of. The most common way I use borax in my cleaning routine is very glamorous – scrubbing the toilet.

Borax Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Borax Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1. Sprinkle 1/4 c borax around toilet bowl.
2. Allow to sit for a few minutes or leave while cleaning the rest of the bathroom.
3. Use toilet brush to scrub borax around the bowl.
4. Flush toilet.
Optional: Add lemon juice or vinegar for extra cleaning power.

Borax effectively removes any stains, odours, and bacteria. Plus it’s environmentally friendly and so inexpensive compared to mainstream cleaners or store bought eco-options.

Do you use borax? If so, how? What do you use to clean your toilet bowl?

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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    kim
    July 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hmm I’ve never heard of Borax before. I currently use an all purpose cleaner by Method because it’s all natural. Ever since I saw a review by America’s Test Kitchen where they sent chemical cleaner samples and Method cleaner samples to a test lab and found that both kill 99.9% germs I switched over to Method. Sometimes I also use vinegar diluted in water as well!

  2. Reply
    Mandy Owen
    September 18, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I like this recipe! It seems really easy and cheap! I’m absolutely sure that it works because I use borax, baking soda and vinegar to clean my kitchen. You can make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing all these ingredients. I do it often! Thanks for sharing! I will try this recipe as soon as possible!

    1. Reply
      Grace
      September 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Great recipe for the all purpose kitchen clean, thank you!

  3. Reply
    Kathy
    October 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Am extra tip. I hashes orion in my water and have struggled four years worth the “brown ring”.finally heard about using a pumice stone and it works wonders. Just rub it on the ring and it disappears.

    1. Reply
      Grace
      October 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Interesting! I would have been worried the pumice stone would scratch the toilet bowl.

  4. Reply
    alicia
    November 7, 2016 at 1:56 am

    When using a pumice stone, it is important that the surface is wet so it won’t get scratched.

    1. Reply
      Grace
      November 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Oooh, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Reply
    Gram
    October 4, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I usee Borax in the laundry, it goes in with the soap and seems to help soften the clothes too. I use dryer balls and not smelly sheets.

    1. Reply
      Grace
      October 7, 2017 at 8:55 am

      That’s wonderful to hear! I use dryer balls as well and much prefer them.

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