I don’t love house cleaning. A gardener would much rather spend all their time in the garden if given the choice…….so my housekeeping skills are always reluctantly put into action when I absolutely have to. But I do love to make toxic-free cleaners. I found this toilet bomb recipe online and thought I’d give it a twirly fizz. It seems to be a standard recipe as it came up exactly the same on several sites. One recipe included a TBspn hydrogen peroxide for bleaching the toilet bowl. I guess you could add that if you find you need extra cleaning power.
Toilet Bomb Recipe
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Citric Acid
- 1 TBspn dishwashing liquid soap
- 20 drops essential oil of choice (lavender or orange, or lemon……I chose neroli)
Mix all the above in a bowl till well blended. The citric acid fizzes and puffs up. This is normal. Pack the puffy “dough” into silicone ice cubes or silicon small muffin tray. The mix will puff up again, but this is fine. Place the silicone tray in a warm, dry place for 12 hours to dry thoroughly. The dry toilet bombs pop easily out of the silicone tray and can be stored in an airtight container.
This would be a great activity to do with young children as the mixture is fun to work with. You can squish it, and it fizzes to double size, squish and fizz, squish and fizz! It has a life of it’s own!!
I stored my silicone mini muffin tray of toilet bomb mix in the hot water cylinder cupboard overnight. The next day I discovered they had merged and hardened into one as they spread themselves out. No worries, as they were easily snapped into individual mushroom-shaped bombs. So having made my first batch of toilet bombs, I was keen to try them out (we have 3 toilets in the house), so I chose the downstairs toilet as it get used more often than the other two. The bomb fizzed immediately, and continued to fizz for some minutes while the lovely fresh smell of neroli filled the air.
To use your toilet bombs, simply drop one into a clean flushed toilet bowl. Let it stand for 15 – 20 minutes, then return and scrub with your toilet brush. I let it stand a further 5 minutes before flushing again.
I was a little sceptical at first, but I think the bombs work! I’ve used them for the last two weeks on both toilets in the house and am very pleased to report, I shall be making toilet bombs on a regular basis! The toilet bowl looks cleaner afterwards. You can see before bombing the toilet bowl, it looked a bit dark around the edges, despite regularly using a toilet brush. It looks a lot cleaner afterwards.
Ka Kite Ano
PS. Here’s a pretty picture to end with, I wouldn’t want the toilet bowl to be imprinted on your brain after reading….