I have been using my own DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner for a long time, but I like the idea of having something to freshen up the toilets between cleanings… Enter DIY Toilet Bombs.
Let’s be honest… no one loves cleaning toilets. While a good cleaning is necessary, you can freshen toilets between cleanings with the following DIY toilet bombs recipe. They are easy to make and require just 3 simple ingredients.
What You Need to Make Toilet Bombs
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Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Toilet Bombs
- Baking Soda– Baking Soda is wonderful for absorbing odors, which, let’s admit, the toilet is known for.
- Citric Acid– Citric acid is a great antimicrobial that helps kill and prevent bacteria growth (source). Citric Acid can often be found in the canning section of you local grocery store or you can purchase it online.
- *Immune Supporting Essential Oil– Essential oils may help to enhance the cleaning power of your toilet bombs and provide a fresh scent. I found other toilet bomb recipes that use Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon. It’s up to you which route you want to take. Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
- *Lemon Essential Oil
- Water- Preferably in a spray bottle
Supplies Needed to Make DIY Toilet Bombs
- Glass or Ceramic Mixing Bowl– When working with essential oils, I always recommend using glass (or ceramic) as some essential oils (like lemon) can break down plastic.
- Silicone Mold– You would think you could find silicone molds all over the place, but I had the hardest time, so I ordered one on Amazon that was perfect.
- Airtight Container for Storage
*I link to essential oil brands I believe provide high quality oils and are transparent with their testing (in other words, the company publicly provides GC/MS results). I also try to link to the essential oil that will give you the “biggest bang for your buck” (often times buying a 30ml bottle of oil means greater savings per ml than purchasing a 10ml bottle). I provide more information on where to buy essential oils so you can choose a brand you feel is right for you.
How to Make Homemade Toilet Bombs
The following recipe makes approximately 20 toilet bombs if using a mini-muffin mold.
Add the essential oils (totally 80-90 drops*), and continue stirring until the oils are thoroughly mixed in.
At this point, you’ll want to add small amounts of water until you reach the desired consistency. I recommend using a spray bottle and adding a couple sprays at a time, stirring in between to check for consistency. You do not want to add too much water or your toilet bombs will have a hard time drying.
You’ll know you have added enough water when the mixture holds its shape when squeezed in your hand. The mixture will still look powdery in the bowl, but when it holds its shape in your hand, it’s ready.
Spoon the mixture into a silicone mold and press firmly with the back of your spoon (or your fingers). Allow this to sit at room temperature for 6-8 hours, or overnight. Temperature, humidity and the size of your mold will all affect dry time, so make sure the toilet bombs are thoroughly dried before removing them from the mold.
Once dry, pop the toilet bombs out of your mold and place them in an airtight container.
When you’re ready to use the toilet bombs, add two to the toilet bowl, close the lid and let them dissolve for 20 minutes. You are certainly free to scrub with a toilet brush, or simply flush them down. Done. Your toilet should smell fresh and clean.
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Common Questions About DIY Toilet Bombs
Do Toilet Bombs Clean Toilets?
Toilet bombs are meant to freshen toilets, not necessary clean them. While your toilet should smell better after use, toilet bombs will likely not remove stains and other debris in the toilet bowl.
My Toilet Bombs are Sticking Together. How Do I Fix This?
If your toilet bombs are sticking together, the most likely culprit is moisture. Either too much water was initially added to the mixture, the toilet bombs were not thoroughly dried when they are popped out of the mold, or moisture is getting into the storage container. To fix the issue, remove the toilet bombs from their storage container and allow them to dry out for a longer period of time. Make sure you are using an airtight container for storage as bathrooms are notorious for moisture, thanks to those steamy showers we all love.
My Toilet Bombs Are Overflowing in the Mold. What Happened?
The only thing I can think of that would cause an overflow is heat. I once made this recipe and was a little impatient waiting for them to dry, so I stuck my mold in the oven at the lowest temperature setting. The toilet bombs starting rising in the oven, so I removed them and allowed them to continue hardening at room temperature. If your home is exceptionally warm, you could try not filling the mold as full, and certainly don’t place the mold near a heat source when drying.
Do Toilet Bombs Expire? How Long Do Toilet Bombs Last?
Most of the information I have seen on the shelf life of toilet bombs say 3-4 months. I would say that seems fair. The only thing added to toilet bombs that would make them “go bad” is the water you add (particularly if you use tap water). However, the water should evaporate out as they dry, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue. The other contribution to a shorter shelf life would be the essential oils. Over time, they may start to break down, especially if exposed to light.
Can I Put Toilet Bombs in the Toilet Tank?
While I, personally, have never tried putting toilet bombs into the toilet tank, a simple Google search shows that many people do, in fact, put them into the tank.
What Essential Oils Are Good For Making Toilet Bombs?
While I typically use an immune supporting blend, along with lemon essential oil, there are other essential oils known for their cleaning and freshening properties. Below is a list of the more popular essential oils you could try in this toilet bomb recipe.
DIY Toilet Bombs
- 1 ½ Cups Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Citric Acid
- 80-90 Drops Essential Oil
- Water Preferably in a spray bottle
- Mixing Bowl
- Silicone Mold
- Airtight Container for Storage
- Add baking soda and citric acid to a glass (or ceramic) mixing bowl. Stir.
- Add 80-90 drops of essential oil and stir until the essential oil is thoroughly mixed in.
- Spray the mixture with water until you reach the desired consistency. The mixture should hold its shape when squeezed in your hand. While it may not come together in the mixing bowl, if it holds its shape when squeezed, you're ready to proceed.
- Scoop the mixture into your silicone mold and firmly press it into the mold with the back of your spoon.
- Allow the toilet bombs to harden for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Dry times may vary depending on temperature, humidity, and the size of your mold.
- When dry, pop the toilet bombs out of your mold and store in an airtight container.
- To use, add 2 toilet bombs to the toilet bowl and close the lid. Allow the toilet bomb to dissolve (approximately 20 minutes) and flush.