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Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner | Toilet Cleaner Ball Recipe

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We have all long enjoyed the joys of a bath bomb, but have you ever heard of a toilet cleaning ball? When I switched to organic cleaners, I wanted to determine a septic safe toilet cleaner since we live in the country. Toilet bowl cleaners seemed like something that needed extra UMPH to get it clean, and I found that this toilet cleaner ball recipe does the trick!

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner | Toilet Cleaner Ball Recipe

Today, we are going to create organic toilet cleaning balls that deep clean toilet rings, disinfect, and can be used as fun decoration in your bathroom (with a mold).

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Organic Cleaning Supplies

Recently I have made some beneficial lifestyle changes that have led me to start making and buying organic cleaners. These lifestyle changes have been accompanied by research that has led me deep into the DIY organic cleaning scene; which is where I discovered, you guessed it, toilet cleaning balls! 

Septic safe toilet cleaner ingredients

Before my switch to organic cleaning, like many others I used bleach in my bathrooms. The safety of my family, the smell, and skin irritation was enough to convince me to switch.

However, once I started making my own cleaners with organic ingredients I wished I did it sooner. Stains come out quicker, yellow toilet rings are nonexistent, and the cost of cleaning my bathroom is cut in half. 

You are now probably wondering where toilet cleaning balls work their way into your bathroom cleaning routine. The answer is whenever you need them to! You can keep your toilet cleaning balls in your bathroom and use them whenever you need to get rid of the grime.

They clean quickly (or overnight) and you don’t have to breathe in any toxins in the process.

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner

After looking through various blogs and websites I found a few recipes to try out. What I discovered was that the basic ingredients of an organic septic safe toilet cleaner are all the same!

Mixing borax toilet cleaner

So, I experimented with a few options until I found one that works for me.

Is Borax Safe for Septic Tanks

The main cleaning ingredient in thistoilet cleaner ball is borax. When I was new to organic cleaning, I wanted to make sure it would be safe for our septic tanks.

Adding essential oils to mixture

What I found was that borax is safe for septic tanks. In fact, it is safer for the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank than traditional store-bought cleaners.

The rest of the ingredients in thisseptic safe toilet bowl cleaner are natural ingredients that you could even ingest yourself, like baking soda, cornstarch and vinegar. Adding in essential oils helps with odors, disinfectant, and cleaning power!

Mix with your hands

Toilet Cleaner Ball Recipe

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner Ingredients

How to Make Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner Balls

Septic safe toilet bowl cleaner mixture
  • Place all of the ingredients into a glass bowl, except the vinegar. Using your hands, mix together.
  • Spritz with all purpose cleaner (or water), and continue to mix until the mixture resembles the consistency of damp sand, which holds together when squeezed.
    • Be careful not to overdo spritzing the mixture, or it may start fizzing and crumble.
  • Pack the mixture into 4 molds, or hand roll into 4 equally sized round balls.
  • If you are using a mold, leave the mixture overnight and un-mold the following day.
  • Store in a sealed glass jar until ready to use.

Personally, I don’t mess around with molds.

Toilet cleaner balls

Are molds pretty? Yes.

Does the shape impact the cleaning power? Nope.

Septic safe toilet cleaner balls

So, while my toilet cleaner balls aren’t Pinterest worthy, they take less time to make and dry. And they work just the same!

How to Use

Drop one bomb into the toilet bowl and wait for the fizzing to stop. Watch the hard working ingredients in your toilet cleaning bombs get to work deodorizing and cleaning your toilet bowl!

Scrub with a toilet brush. Flush once done.

For extra tough stains, add the toilet bomb to your flushed toilet before going to bed. Scrub with a toilet brush, then add in the 1/2 cup of vinegar. Or, add vinegar until the water line rises above any rings.

Tile shower bathroom

In the morning, scrub again and flush to remove those stubborn stains!

This organic septic safe toilet cleaner works better than cleaners with harmful chemicals, but without all the negative side effects!

*Keep from direct sunlight.

Septic Safe Toilet Bowl Cleaner in Action

Let’s take a look at my toughest toilet stains! I apologize for the graphic nature of this toilet.

You see, it is in our guest house, which rarely gets used. Therefore, the toilet rarely gets flushed. We have hard water with a high level of iron. So, when a toilet filled with water full of iron doesn’t get flushed often…this occurs.

But look at the magic this septic safe toilet cleaner works!

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner | Toilet Cleaner Ball Recipe

For three years I’ve tried every chemical in the store to get rid of the hard water and rust rings. CLR, bleach, all the harsh chemicals….nothing worked. With ONE use of this DIY toilet ball recipe, almost all the stains are gone!

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner | Toilet Cleaner Ball Recipe

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 6 minutes

Septic Safe Toilet Cleaner Balls

Materials

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 12 drops orange essential oil
  • 12 drops thieves essential oil
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil
  • My DIY all purpose cleaner in a spray bottle (or distilled water)
  • 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar

Tools

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Glass Jar

Instructions

    1. Mixing borax toilet cleaner Place all of the ingredients into a glass bowl, except the vinegar. Using your hands, mix together.
    2. Mix with your hands Spritz with all purpose cleaner (or water), and continue to mix until the mixture resembles the consistency of damp sand, which holds together when squeezed.
    3. Septic safe toilet bowl cleaner mixture Be careful not to overdo spritzing the mixture, or it may start fizzing and crumble.
    4. Toilet cleaner balls Pack the mixture into 4 molds, or hand roll into 4 equally sized round balls.
    5. Septic safe toilet cleaner balls If you are using a mold, leave the mixture overnight and un-mold the following day.
    6. Septic safe toilet cleaner ingredients Store in a sealed glass jar until ready to use.

Notes

The mold creates a pretty decorative display in a glass jar but is purely for aesthetics.

You can see how I remodeled this whole bathroom for $300 (including new countertops, faucets and mirrors!).

The rest of the bathrooms in our main house aren’t as drastic as the guest house bathroom toilet. They sparkle and shine with this organic toilet cleaner!

Toilet cleaner in a tile bathroom

You can learn all about our guest bathroom remodel above via the links below.

Guest Bathroom Remodel Details

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18 Comments

  1. We are new to septic living and the yellow stains have been driving me crazy!!! Thank you so much – making these stat!! One question – where do you get your essential oils?
    Thanks – really love your account:)

    1. Cleaning vinegar is stronger. I believe it is 6% rather than 4-5% from regular vinegar. If you only have white vinegar, that will do the trick too!

  2. I cannot wait to try this. Do I have to use the essential oils, or can I just mix the other ingredients? Thank you so much!

  3. I’m excited to read about this, but I have a dog who occasionally drinks water from the toilet. In searching I learned that Borax is toxic to dogs. I’m guessing my dog isn’t the only one who has been known to do this, so I’m just sharing. I’ve been so careful to only use something that (should any little bit remain) would be totally safe for my pet.

  4. If you were here I would kiss and hug you. I have been looking for this for almost ever. Anything that is safe for the enviroment and wont kill my leach bed is on do right now list. Thank you
    Kim

  5. Wow! I just want to thank you for this. I’m looking forward to bathroom cleaning without a mask and Clorox nostrils. Now I’m curious about natural and organic cleaning products. 🙂

  6. Is the vinegar piece of this recipe poured into the tank after dropping in the ball? Is the distilled water/ DIY cleaner the only ‘wet’ piece of the toilet ball?

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