Frugal Toilet Bowl Cleaner

••• Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Effective toilet cleaning isn't about using the most expensive cleaner, it's about using the right cleaner. So what is the right cleaner? Vinegar! For a clean toilet without a lot of fuss, just pour a couple cups of vinegar into the toilet before bed, swish it with a toilet brush in the morning, and flush. This simple strategy will sanitize your toilet and remove those stubborn hard water stains, too.

Why This Works

The acetic acid in vinegar kills viruses, germs, bacteria and mold. It also dissolves tough mineral deposits and stains.

Benefits of Cleaning with Vinegar

  • Inexpensive
  • No harsh chemicals or fumes
  • Effective sanitizer
  • Effective stain remover
  • Safe for use on porcelain


As with any cleaner, you should avoid contact with the eyes and prolonged contact with the skin.