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Sophie Uliano’s Fantastic Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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If you are like me, you will agree that cleaning the toilet is the most dreaded task in the house. There is nothing glamorous about it. But, it has to be done. There are a lot of toxic toilet cleaners on the market that I can't with all good conscience flush down into our waterways. Fortunately, there are some wonderful natural toilet cleaners at the health food store and grocery store. However, these cleaners can be extremely expensive, and are not quite as natural as I would like.

I have tried many green toilet cleaners, but I keep coming back to plain vinegar, baking soda, borax, and lemon juice. However, if this is a bit too "granola hippy" (as my father calls it) nothings beats this fabulous recipe from the wonderful Sophie Uliano, of Gorgeously Green.

This wonderful concoction does the job "gorgeously' as Sophie would say. It is quick and easy to make, costs pennies, smells DIVINE, and really works! I LOVE how it fills the whole bathroom with a delightful lavender and tea-tree breeze instead of polluting the house with the stench of chlorine and bleach. Trust me, this "gorgeously green" recipe is a winner! 

So, who is Sophie Uliano? 

Sophie is the NY Times Best-Selling author of 3 green lifestyle books: Gorgeously Green - 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life; The Gorgeously Green Diet; and Do It Gorgeously - How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products.  She is a Green Expert and Healthy Lifestyle speaker who has appeared on some of the top TV shows such as Oprah (where she appeared with Julia Roberts), The View, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, and many others.

Sophie also works as a spokesperson for green products from brands such as: Mattel, Good Earth Tea, Pyrex, Frito Lay (Sun Chips), 3M, Scott Naturals, Ziplock, Target, and many others. She also speaks all over the country, and contributes to countless websites and online publications such as: iVillage, AOL, Daily Green, My Gloss, Real Simple, Body & Soul, Health, and Parenting. 

Visit Sophie's amazing website, Gorgeously Green for tips about sustainable living and healthy eating; eco-friendly product reviews; and tons of green recipes for beauty products and cleaning products; and tons of other DIY things. In addition to her wonderful blog, Sophie has a widely supported You Tube Channel, with tons of amazing videos where she demonstrates how to make many of her "gorgeously green" recipes, including this natural, eco-friendly toilet cleaner.

Part of Sophie's irresistable charm is that she makes "going green" easy, accessible, fun, and chic! Hence the saying, "Do It Gorgeously!" If you think you can't be fashionable and green, think again. Sophie finds a fabulous healthy balance between sustainability and style. She has a saying, "there are different shades of green." This really speaks to me - where everybody can do their part and adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle in a way that feels comfortable and is achievable.

Trust me, check out Sophie and her website, and fall in love with all things "gorgeously green." There are so many amazing ideas. 

Sophie, thankyou for giving me permission to publish your recipe here. You ROCK! 

Sophie Uliano’s Fantastic Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup liquid castille soap 
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp tea tree essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp lavender essential oil
  1. Stir the baking soda into the water.
  2. Add in the castile soap.
  3. Then gradually add in the vinegar a little bit at a time. It will foam and fizz like soda.
  4. Lastly, add in the tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
  5. Transfer this mixture to an old toilet cleaner squeeze bottle. Give the bottle a shake before using. 
  6. This works to clean the toilet seat and toilet bowl.
  7. For really dirty bowls you can apply straight vinegar OR make a solution of 1 cup borax & ½ cup fresh lemon juice.
  8. Watch Sophie's You Tube video where she makes this recipe. 

This recipe published here with permission from Sophie Uliano of Gorgeously Green.  

Tip: Save Lemon Rinds To Bleach and Deodorize Your Sink

Save those lemons and lemon rinds after juicing or use in recipes to bleach and disinfect your kitchen sink. You can also throw some cut lemons or lemon peels down the garbage disposal and run with some water. This will fill your kitchen with a lovely aromatic citrus scent.

What a fun post; I’m gunna try this out this week! Thanks Tess; loved seeing you last weekend at BlogHer Food.
Miss you already and hope all is well in Cali.
Looking forward to chatting soon.
Keep up the fabulous blogging, darling.
Sending you big hugs n’ kisses from NYC!


Thanks Amie,
Yes, it was wonderful to see you at BlogHer Food! Looking forward to catching up in NYC soon. xxx

Super cool!

I actually make mouthwash that has similar ingredients. :)


Could you please share your recipes with everyone? I would love to post it here with your permission?

I made this today and just used it to clean my toilets and it is amazing. It made both of my bathrooms smell amazing. I am checking out Sophie’s website now. Thanks for another great easy recipe.


I am so glad you liked this! Sophie is great!

I have been using vinegar for a long time. But I will try this for variation.


Yes, vinegar is FANTASTIC.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this for variety!

Just reading the title made me happy. Few only wants to talk about cleaning the toiler bowl.  Baking powder to clean my kitchen sink is my favorite. I’ve never thought of using it as a toilet bowl cleaner before but I’m really excited to see how it works.


Great! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

I always love to learn about ways that others clean their homes with natural products. Thanks so much for sharing!


Me too! I love collecting new natural remedies and recipes.

I have also been using vinegar and tea tree oil for many years. But I am excited to give this a try for something different that is still natural. I love Sophie’s site too.


This recipe is a winner. I think you will love it! Yes, isn’t Sophie great?!

Thank you for that recipe I will try it for sure! Do you use it for anything else?


Pleasure! This recipe is FANtastic! I just use this one for the toilet. I use the other recipes for different things. But plain old vinegar, lemon juice, water, baking soda, or natural oils works on most things!

Yay! Thanks for the feedback, I’ll definitely switch to making my own cleaning products :)


Pleasure! Yes, they are so easy to make, really work, work out cheaper, and are much kinder on the environment.

Great tool to use to clean out the toilet holes under the rim—-a bicycle spoke. The end is threaded to make cleaning much easier, you can bend it into any shape that helps, and it’s CHEAP and lasts forever. New spoke at a bike shop–about a buck, or use one out an old wheel if you have one.


Awesome tip. Thanks for sharing.

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