Finding a non-toxic toilet cleaner is actually really easy compared to other clean living products.
I say this because I follow the FlyLady cleaning method and agree with her philosophy that “soap is soap.” When cleaning your toilet, you can use any soap you want or have on hand. That means there is absolutely no reason to choose one with harmful chemicals.
Household cleaners that are labeled specifically for toilets aren’t necessary to use. Choosing a more basic non-toxic soap or household cleaner to clean your toilet is not only great for your health, but it can be great for your budget as well.
The Harmful Chemicals In Toilet Cleaner
Sulfates. Similar to what you find in other cleaning products (even toothpaste), SLS is added to toilet cleaners to help reduce water stains. However, overtime it can cause skin irritations, along with damage to the eyes if any were to get in.
Hydrochloric Acid. While it’s clear, it sure does put off a terrible smell! Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive also found in fertilizer, dyes, and other textile products. Though it isn’t considered a carcinogen by the EPA, there are known health effects from acute inhalation and chronic exposure has shown negative health issues.
Chlorine Bleach. We all know that distinctive bleach smell. Though bleach does a fantastic job of cleaning, you really have to be careful when using it. This is because we often use different cleaning products at the same time. The fumes from bleach and other cleaners can actually make different toxic gases that can be very harmful.
Fragrances. Just like many other conventional cleaning products on the market, fragrances are often added to toilet cleaners as a desire for the homeowner. They’re unnecessary and can also be quite harmful to our health. Even if you check the ingredients, you won’t know what’s in them because fragrances are protected as a trade secret.
How Do You Clean A Toilet Without Chemicals?
As mentioned previously, you can use pretty much any type of soap or household cleaner to clean your toilet. If you want to clean without chemicals, you can also try using baking soda to clean. All you need to do is sprinkle the bowl with baking soda and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then you can spray it down with white vinegar and scrub with your toilet brush.
We also have a list of great non-toxic toilet cleaners below.
(Because bathroom cleaners are such a hot topic and there aren’t many non-toxic options at the big box stores, check out our article on The Best Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner.)
If you’re interested in cleaning without chemicals, you may want to check out our honest Norwex reviews too!
The Best Non-Toxic Toilet Cleaners for 2021
Eco-Me is environmentally safe for greywater and septic systems. Made from all natural products, you can leave your toilet clean and shiny without harmful chemicals. It eliminates odor and bacteria by essential oils and is great for homes where there are kids and pets.
This cleaner uses the power of citric acid to eliminate dirt, germs, and stains. It’s packaging is made from recycled plastic, and all of the ingredients used are 100% natural. Method doesn’t believe in testing on animals and is also Cradle to Cradle Gold certified!
This is our go-to bathroom cleaner in our home! It’s a plant based formula that is family friendly and environmentally friendly! The scent is absolutely amazing and you can even use it as a multipurpose cleaner, because nothing about it is corrosive!
Seventh Generation toilet cleaner is an EPA cleaner choice product and USDA bio based certified. It’s made without bleach, VOCs, and synthetic fragrances! The larger refill size is budget friendly too!
DIY Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
The easiest DIY solution for toilet cleaning is to spray the toilet bowl with vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. Then add a little bit of baking soda and scrub. It really doesn’t get much easier than that!
If you want a non-toxic cleaner that smells a little better, you can add your favorite essential oil to the vinegar solution before spraying. Afterwards you would just follow with the baking soda.
FYI tea tree oil is a natural germ killer, so that may be a great option for you.