Over time, your toilet bowl can start to pick up some nasty odors, either from regular use or from bacteria and mold growing in the toilet bowl. If your toilet is starting to look and smell a little off, freshen it with a deodorizing cleaner that zaps bad smells and whisks away stains, grime and other deposits. Whether you are looking for natural solutions, or powerful commercial products, the best solutions are endorsed by renown sources.
This kitchen staple comes recommended by "Good Housekeeping" as one of the top ways to quickly freshen up the smell of your toilet bowl. For proper deodorizing, pour 1 cup of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and let it soak for five minutes or more. During this time, the vinegar disinfects and deodorizes while also helping to lift away stains. When the time is up, scrub the toilet and flush it.
Lysol Disinfectant Toilet Bowl Cleaner Power
Lysol's Power disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner comes recommended by "Consumer Reports," which compared its cleaning and deodorizing strength with other common toilet bowl cleaning products. It kills 99.9 percent of bacteria, including odor-causing organisms, while also helping to clean and erase deposits, water mineral deposits and toilet bowl rings.
Tea Tree Oil
This minty oil works as a natural antiseptic, helping to zap bacteria that may emit bad smells. It's also one of the top ways to clean your toilet bowl and get rid of ugly stains, reports "Real Simple" magazine. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tsp. of tea tree oil and spray it all along the top of your toilet bowl's rim. Let is soak for 30 minutes before scrubbing and flushing.
Mrs. Meyers Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mrs. Meyers' toilet bowling cleaner comes praised by National Geographic Society's "The Green Guide." Criteria used by the society include an analysis of its ingredient list--the magazine specifically looked for natural and biodegradable products--and its efficacy for battling odors and stains. It also comes praised by Grist, which liked that it cleaned well while also imparting a lemony scent.
20 Mule Team Borax
Twenty Mule Team Borax comes recommended by "Green Living" magazine. The magazine reports that it "deodorizes...and removes stains perfectly" and naturally. Apply 1/4 cup of the borax to your toilet bowl and scrub the bowl with your brush.
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