Living with boys (of all ages) is usually oh, so wonderful. One on-going challenge remains… aim and the clean up that ultimately follows when the illusive target is missed! Why oh why is it so hard to get all pee inside of the toilet? This topic is near and dear to many, but probably not a regular topic of discussion, right?!
Instead, it is more likely that demands are made in a louder than normal voice, probably from across the house:
“Make sure you aim this time,”
“Seriously?! Did anything actually get into the toilet,”
“If this keeps up, YOU are going to be cleaning the bathrooms,”
“Alright already, just SIT DOWN when you go!”
Sound familiar? If you are resigned to the fact that correct aim is an illusive goal bordering on full fledged myth, let’s focus instead on the clean up.
The supplies are easy to find, cost effective, gentle on the planet and fun for kids to use.
- Baking Soda
- Vinegar (regular white distilled vinegar)
- Essential oils (citrus, pines and /or tea tree are great options)*
- Spray Bottle with All Purpose Cleaner –recipe below
- Toilet brush
RECIPE for Cleaning the TOILET BOWL
- Approx ½ cup of baking soda dropped into the bowl, then add approx ½ cup of vinegar and watch the chemical reaction, This is the fun part for the kids (of all ages) since watching the fizzing never seems to get old
- Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils
- Scrub the bowl clean
Cleaning OUTSIDE and AROUND the toilet bowl (remember, bad aim is the reason for the mess in the first place)
Using paper towels or rags soak up the mess. After spraying the outside of the bowl, rim, lid, floor (and don’t forget the back and sides of the bowl), use your rags or paper towels, wipe the area.
RECIPE for All Purpose Cleaner Assuming you have a 16oz spray bottle
- 14oz of water
- 2 oz of vinegar
- 40 drops of your favorite essential oils
- Try 20 drops Lemon (Citrus sinensis)
- 15 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)
- 5 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
These natural cleaning recipes will kill germs/bacteria (removing nasty smells) and leave behind a wonderful aroma!
We can not always limit or reduce everyday exposure to environmental toxins, but at home, we can control and influence it. You can start by removing commercial cleaners and reducing toxic chemicals in your home.
*To be even more cost effective use your essential oils that are nearing the end of their shelf life as your ‘cleaning oils’. This is especially true of your citrus oils. Check out Aromatics International for great prices on ‘cleaning oils’