5/17/13

A Chemical Free Toilet is a Happy Toilet

What I am about to show you may cause distress, but don't worry, there is a happy ending. And please, don't judge me by my toilet! I have been scrubbing that gunk for months. It just wont come off.



Toilet Cleaner:

½ cup baking soda

5-10 drops tea tree oil

½ cup vinegar


Add the soda to the water, drop in the melaleuca and then sprinkle in the soda. Start scrubbing when you see it bubbling, then let it sit for 10 min or even overnight and flush.


See it bubbling? Maybe the kids would like to help with this one!

It's a miracle!  Even the orange gunk is gone. Admittedly, I got down in the hole with a cloth, it came right off. And there's melaleuca in there, right? So no worries. And I also washed my hands. Of course. 




Mom's happy. Kids are happy because I did this particular chore for them. Oh how they love blogging! And the toilet is gunk free, chemical free, and smell free. That makes for one happy toilet!



Only one problem. Now I can't get the marker off. Whoops! Don't worry, I am sure there's an oil for that!


29 comments:

  1. ps. I love that you did the petri dishes! That might be a fun experiment to do with the boys this summer!

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  2. That is not a test for antiviral properties. I believe your experiment but just clarifying, for non-science people.

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    1. Is there a way to test for antiviral properties on your own? Just curious!

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    2. None that I know of, at home. I just wanted to clarify for others, as you mention antiviral properties too, at the beginning of the post. That would seem, to the uninitiated, that this test determines the antiviral efficacy of oils too. That is why I wanted to clarify. Perhaps you could add the note in the end...

      As viruses don't reproduce on their own, and need host cells, specifically, the cells that they infect in vivo, I imagine that antiviral efficacy cannot be tested at home. Even in the lab, maintaining mammalian cells can be a challenge.

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  3. Also, you say, add soda to water, then oil, then sprinkle soda in. I assume, you meant vinegar instead of the first soda?

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    1. Thanks, I will fix that. I had bubbling and soda on the brain, not vinegar.

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  4. interesting! I saw you on Clever Chicks blog hop
    http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com

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  5. This is so cool. Where can I find Melaleuca?

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  6. It is also known as Tea Tree Oil. I love the doTerra brand Melaleuca which you can order directly from me, just use paypal, or you can order from my doTERRA site at the top of the page. Shipping is a lot cheaper if I just send it to you. Contact me at oilsokc@gmail.com if interested.

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  7. So Melaleuca is Tea Tree oil? I didn't know that. That has a very potent smell but my neighbor swears by it! I've even heard it can be used for toe fungus! I didn't know you could use it in toilets too.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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  8. Looks like it works well! Thanks for sharing this at A Humble Bumble :)

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  9. I already do the baking soda and vinegar mixture in our toilets, but never thought about adding tea tree oil--great idea!

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  10. Great post!
    Have you tried getting the marker off with rubbing alcohol?

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  11. I wish that I know this earlier today when I was scrubbing for all I was worth and still smelled urine that my grandsons sprinkled all over the floor and every nook and cranny they could find. I had a gallon of orange peels and vinegar but my hubby seem to think it was trash and got rid of it. I am gonna try this! Thanks.

    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

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  12. Great to know this about essential oils!! I use them a lot. Stopping by from T2T. Rosilind @ A Little R & R: littlerandr.org

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  13. That looks like a great idea. I've got gunk at the bottom of mine too!

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  14. I love this post! When I clicked on it at first, I wasn't sure, but I am thoroughly impressed!

    Thank you for linking up to
    From the Farm Blog Hop! We hope to see you again next week!

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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  15. We add lemon and melaleuca to our toilet cleaner! IT works like a charm, it is simple and chemical free! Can't get any better right? Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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  16. What an awesome recipe for toilet cleaner (and I loved your experiment - sounds like something I'd do!) :)

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  17. Lol! Love the happy face! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!

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  18. The happy face is just a riot! Thanks for sharing this- Always looking for homemade alternatives for cleaners- especially with pets around etc

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  19. I love this idea! Thanks for joining our Pin-it Party!

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  20. That is awesome! I will definitely be re-pinning this one :)

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  21. I was just thinking "I've never heard of Melaluca before" but then read one of the comments and it's Tea Tree Oil! Now it all makes sense :)

    Tea Tree Oil is definitely anti-bacterial and amazing for so many things, so I don't doubt that you swabbed the petri dish correctly, the Tea Tree Oil will have sorted that sucker out hehe :)

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    1. I still grin every time I clean that toilet. The smile has not come off!

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  23. am I missing what and when you use the vinegar? "Add the soda to the water, drop in the Melaleuca and then sprinkle in the soda."

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