Toilet bombs – a fun way to clean your toilet, even the kids will want to do it!

While we were making Eucalyptus Shower Disks last week, I remembered another ‘disk’ we had made before – toilet bombs! The method for making them is very similar to the shower disks, but the ingredients are slightly different.

When you drop one of these bombs in your toilet, they start fizzing which means they are cleaning and deodorising your toilet bowl. And once your children see this, they will want to ‘clean’ the toilet regularly!

I found this idea on Maria’s Self blog, and it is pinned on my Organisation and Cleaning Pinterest board 🙂

If you ever had a go making bath bombs when they first became popular (was it in the 90s? Perhaps…) you will recognise these fizzy bombs 😉

So, Maria’s recipe is:

–1 1/3 cup Baking Soda – amazing for all-natural cleaning AND deodorizing!
–1/2 cup Citric Acid(low-strength acid that exists naturally in fruits like lemons & oranges) – used in many kitchen & bathroom cleaners for its cleaning, whitening & deodorizing properties

–30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

–30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

–30 drops Lemon Essential Oil
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Baking soda is soda bicarbonate – or bicarb for short. It is not to be confused with baking powder. You can buy bicarb and citric acid in the baking section of your supermarket. It would be cheaper to buy them in bulk if you can locate a supplier, but they are only a couple of dollars each at the supermarket.
Apart from using Citric Acid in your home made jam and cordial, it is great for cleaning. Try it in your dishwasher or coffee maker to keep them sparkling!
Not having essential oils at hand, I used tea tree oil instead:
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So, put your bicarb and citric acid in a bowl, then very slowly add your oil. As in drip by drip. You need to constantly stir the mix as you want it to not fizz….well, not until it goes in your toilet! It helps to have someone to help, so I poured the oil while my son did a great job stirring

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I added a drop or two of blue food colouring as we had just made the shower disks and didn’t want to get them confused!

I just kept adding the tea tree oil until the mixture held together. Maria suggests adding a little water to get the right consistency. Whatever you do, do it slowly and don’t let it fizz!

Once it holds together, spoon it into your moulds and squash it down. I used silicone cupcake moulds again, but use what you have 🙂

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Leave to dry for several hours, then pop them out of the moulds and let them dry completely. Then you can store them in a container in your bathroom, ready for use!

I drop one in after flushing the toilet. Watch it fizz and dissolve, then you can leave it to do its work. You can even leave it overnight, then give a bit of a scrub and flush again. If your toilet bomb doesn’t fizz terribly much it could be because the citric acid was not fresh, or perhaps it fizzed too much while the bomb was being made. So it just won’t do as good a job.

As far as I am aware, this is good to use in septic systems, but as we don’t have one you might want to check with whoever would know for sure.

Maria also uses her disks in several other ways, such as washing her fruit and as a facial cleanser. I haven’t tried those and not sure I would. But I might try cleaning under my fingernails with them, or using one in the dishwasher!

In what ways have you ever used citric acid?

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5 thoughts on “Toilet bombs – a fun way to clean your toilet, even the kids will want to do it!

  1. Oh how fun! I found your delightful post while visiting Mimi. My son would certainly have fun with these….in fact, so would I 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Pingback: Eucalyptus Shower Disks – for when you’re a little ‘stuffed up’ | Saw it, pinned it, did it!

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