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

Vinegar makes a great home cleaner because its acetic acid 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.