Bye Bye, Blue

March 16, 2010

Well I had another moment today. Not an aha! moment, and not really an ugh! moment either – more of a Really? Really?! moment. I cleaned my toilet today, and after I scrubbed the bowl, I opened the behind-the-toilet storage cabinet, tore open a Vanish Drop-in, and then thought – wait, I probably can’t use these anymore! I’m sure these tablets contain chemicals that aren’t great for the waterways and the environment. Not to mention the artificial dye that gives the water that blue color. Oink.

For the most part, my household cleansers are of the healthier version. I mean, I clean the toilet with Seventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner for crap’s sake. (Pun intended). But then after I always like to drop in one of those blue toilet tabs. I don’t know why. I’m not using them to actually clean the toilet. I don’t even use them until after I’ve just finished scrubbing it with cleanser. It’s not like they’re scented and make the toilet smell any better. I just like how they make the water look. When I lift the lid I like to see blue water, beckoning me like a little oasis in my potty. For some reason it just feels cleaner to me.

But now when I see this…


                                                                                     …I think of this.







Ugh. I don’t even need to research blue toilet tabs to know they’re not good. Darn it! This whole “I’m going to be more aware of the products I use and my impact on the environment and live more consciously” thing is getting to be more involved than I thought. It seems every where I turn there is something in my home/life that needs to be replaced/changed. It’s a lot to process. Aaah, one step at a time…  


Image Source: [1] “Blue Water Toilet Flushing.” Photo. 25 Oct. 2010. 13 Mar. 2011. <>. [2] Cellar Dweller. “Blue Water Glacier.” Photo. 26 Feb. 2011. 13 Mar. 2011. <>. 

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2 Responses to Bye Bye, Blue

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi –
    Have you found a good natural alternative? I’m looking for one myself as I’m going through the whole life greening process like you are.


    • Katherine says:

      Unfortunately, I have not found a good natural alternative to the toilet tablet. I have gotten over not having pretty blue water in the bowl though. However, I do feel like my toilet needs to be cleaned more frequently, since I’ve switched to a natural cleanser. I guess this is a common complaint. Standard cleaners leave behind a residue that coats the bowl. Natural cleaners don’t, which is why there is a quicker accumulation of build-up. I did a bit of poking around, and found 2 common solutions – Borax (Some people clean with it, others pour it in the toilet after cleaning, let it sit for awhile – even overnight, then flush.), and vinegar (Again, some use it as the sole cleanser, others spray the bowl with vinegar after scrubbing. Vinegar eats uric acid.) I also learned that septic systems contain bacteria that break down waste. Using harsh chemicals in excess kills this bacteria, which means the septic tank needs to be pumped more often. So if you have a septic system, you wouldn’t want to use toilet tablets anyway. Hope this helps! (ps: I apologize for the delayed response. I fell off writing for a bit.)

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