*If you’d like a little more information on making your own, homemade toilet bombs, a Video Tutorial is provided at the end of this post*
Tuesday is upon us once again, which means I’m sharing another cleaning tip. If you already visited my “celebration post” you’ll see that my DIY Toilet Cleaner is one of my top ten posts this past year. So, I thought I’d try another toilet cleaning trick and see how it goes.
Have you ever heard of toilet bombs? Don’t feel bad if your answer is no, I really hadn’t either, until Pinterest started showing them all over my feed. I put off trying them for a long time because, honestly, I was having a hard time finding citric acid, and it wasn’t something I wanted to pour a lot of time into. I finally found it at Walmart, in their canning section.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- 1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Citric Acid– Since I had such a hard time finding citric acid, I provided the link for it on Amazon, but honestly, it was a lot cheaper buying it in the store.
- 40 Drops Thieves® Essential Oil– Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
- 40 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- Water- Preferably in a spray bottle
- Silicone Mold– You would think you could find silicone molds all over the place, but I had the hardest time, so I ordered this one on Amazon that was perfect.
- Airtight Container for Storage
I did a little reading on citric acid… like, why is it used in cleaning? Apparently citric acid is a great antimicrobial that helps kill, and prevent, bacteria growth. Baking Soda is wonderful for absorbing odors, which, let’s admit, the toilet is known for. As far as the essential oils, I chose to use Thieves and Lemon Oils because they are amazing at cleaning and refreshing*, but all the other recipes I found used 30 drops each of peppermint, lavender, and lemon oils. So, it’s up to you which route you want to take.
In a bowl, combine the baking soda and citric acid. Give it a good stir until it’s well mixed.
Add the essential oils, 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 decided to use a spray bottle and add a couple sprays at a time. You’ll hear a little fizzing when adding the water. This is normal.
After adding a small amount of water, mix, and check to see if the mixture will maintain its shape in your hand. Once the shape is held, stop adding water. I noticed that the mixture still looked powdery, but because it held its shape in my hand, I was done.
Spoon the mixture into a silicone mold and press firmly. Allow this to sit at room temperature for 6-8 hours, or overnight.
Pop the bombs out and place them into an airtight container.
When you’re ready to use the 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.
*Please note that these toilet bombs are not going to remove stains or “markings”. They are simply meant to be used to freshen things up a bit.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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