LifestyleEasy and eco-friendly method to clean your toilet without scrubbing, all you need is baking soda and dish soap

Easy and eco‑friendly method to clean your toilet without scrubbing, all you need is baking soda and dish soap

A simple trick to clean the toilet without the need for scrubbing
A simple trick to clean the toilet without the need for scrubbing
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4:06 PM EST, February 7, 2024

Toilet-cleaning liquids and gels are readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies. They comprise potent cleansing agents, many of which contain chlorine. While these substances are undoubtedly effective, they pose potential health hazards. A high concentration of chlorine in the air can cause breathing difficulties and, in extreme cases, even lead to lung edema.

Substitute toilet gel with these tablets

Commercially available toilet gels can also be harsh on the skin, causing redness, itching, and even burns. They should be kept out of reach of pets and young children as consuming even a minor quantity can severely irritate the mouth and throat.

A safer yet equally effective alternative is the use of homemade cleaning tablets. They are suitable for sanitizing both the toilet and the washing machine drum. So, how can you make these tablets?

Making eco-friendly cleaning tablets requires baking soda and dish soap, and a mold for the tablets, which can be plastic or silicone. The method is straightforward - mix a cup of baking soda thoroughly with half a cup of dish soap. This process results in a thick, slightly crumbly mixture that should be placed into the mold of your choice, then left in the freezer for at least an hour.

Eco-friendly cleaning tablets

After an hour, the tablets are ready for use. To maintain a clean toilet without the need for scrubbing, simply drop two cleaning tablets into the bowl overnight. In the morning, flush the toilet as normal. After a full night, the toilet will be void of stains and limescale. Baking soda possesses whitening properties, so after using the tablets, your toilet bowl will sparkle as if new.

It is recommended that you toss the cleaning tablets into an empty washing machine drum once a month, then run a short cycle. The tablet will soften the water, remove limescale from the drum, and thoroughly cleanse rubber parts in the washer that frequently harbor mold and fungi. This works similarly to popular washing machine cleaners.

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