You have likely seen many people suggest a toilet bowl cleaner made with baking soda and vinegar. While these are two great cleaners this is the wrong way to use them. Learning why they react will help explain why they shouldn’t be used together.
They react because baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid dissolved in water. When you mix an acid and a base in a solvent, which in this case is the water, usually the acid transfers hydrogen to the base to form a new compound. In this case, the new compound is called carbonic acid, which then decomposes to water and carbon dioxide gas. – source
So when you clean with baking soda and vinegar, you are basically cleaning with nothing. This reaction does work well for clearing clogged drains though!
Simple Towel Bowl Cleaner
A better way to use these two ingredients is one at a time. Here is a simple toilet bowl cleaner, it’s so simple it’s only one ingredient.
- Spray the inside and outside of the toilet with white vinegar.
- Let sit for about 10-15 minutes. This is a good time to clean other parts of the bathroom.
- Wipe down the outside of the toilet with a clean rag, start with the cleanest parts and work to the dirtiest.
- Scrub the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush.
For an even deeper clean, flush the toilet and sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl. And then scrub again. Baking soda will help scrub off tough stains.
The easiest way to keep the toilet clean is a quick wipe down everyday. This should prevent the need for deep cleaning.
Did you know you shouldn’t clean with vinegar and baking soda at the same time? I’d also love to know, how do you clean your toilet?
Be sure to check back each week for more tips for your spring cleaning. And don’t forget to print the free spring cleaning planner printable.