The toilet, unfortunately, by its very nature tends not only to produce bad odors, but also to the formation of yellow stains that are not at all pretty to look at. Actually, these are due to limestone deposits, which absorb uric acid and give rise to those yellow-colored halos. But if you think they are impossible to remove, you are very wrong! Today, in fact, let’s see together how to make whitening cream to say goodbye to yellow stains in the toilet!
How to Making this DIY cream is really a breeze, as all you will need is:
- 1/3 lb of citric acid
- 1 quart of water
First, start by dissolving the citric acid in a graduated jug containing one quart of water, after which you decant the resulting mixture into a spray bottle. At this point, flush the toilet so as to moisten the inside walls and pour a good handful of flour over the yellow stain, making it stick well. Then, spray the citric acid mixture over the flour as if to form a sort of creamy mixture, scrub vigorously with the broom, and leave it overnight. The next day all you have to do is rub over the stain again, flush, and voila: your bathroom will be clean and free of yellow stains! In fact, flour is shown to be very effective in making the toilet white and as good as new! As an alternative to citric acid, you can also sprinkle the flour on the yellow halo and directly add a little vinegar to it to create a sort of creamy texture.
N.B There is a long debate about the use of vinegar in drains and its less-than-ecological impact on the environment, although it is, by far, less polluting than many commercially available detergents. We recommend, therefore, that you prefer citric acid, which is more environmentally friendly.
Other tricks for whitening the toilet
In addition to the trick just seen, however, there are other home tricks that can whiten your toilet and remove those ugly yellow stains. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s see together what they are!
First, let’s see how to make DIY natural bleach, homemade with eco-friendly ingredients that have a low environmental impact! Therefore, equip yourself with:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1 cup of sodium carbonate
- 1/2 cup of liquid soap
- 2 tablespoons of borax
- 1/2 cup filtered lemon
Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher and also add, if you prefer, 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil to impart a scent to this product as well. After that, mix it all together and voila: your “natural bleach” is ready to use!
All you will need to do is pour some of this product onto the yellow stains and streaks and leave it on for about 20 minutes. After that, brush it off by using the toilet brush, flush the toilet, and your toilet will be as good as new! As if that weren’t enough, this natural bleach can also be used on cloths to get them whiter and cleaner!
N.B We recommend that you wear protective gloves when handling borax, because this product may have an irritating effect on your skin
DIY toilet gel
Another product you can make at home using only pantry ingredients is DIY toilet gel! All you need is:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 oz of cornstarch
- 1 oz of citric acid
- 5 oz of eco-friendly dishwashing detergent
Start by dissolving the citric acid in a pot containing 7 fl oz of water and heat, then, the mixture over low heat. Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch with the remaining 2 fl oz of water and the dish detergent. At this point, all you have to do is pour the mixture of cornstarch and dishwashing detergent into the small pot containing water and citric acid and bring it to a boil until you get a kind of thick gel. Then turn off the heat and decant the mixture (after it has cooled) into a bottle with a spout or a plain plastic bottle. To whiten your toilet, all you have to do is pour some of this product into the toilet, let it sit for a while, scrub and rinse