Bombing the Toilet Clean

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.

Simple ingredients: baking soda, citric acid and dishwasher liquid.

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.

The citric acid fizzes.
Having fun with the fizzy mix!

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!!

The toilet bombs starting to fizz to twice the size.
The mixture fizzes and grows before your very eyes!
My toilet bombs fizzed and fanned out to become one giant toilet bomb but it was easy to pop them out of the silicone tray and snap them apart,
The dried fizzy bomb smells delightfully refreshing!
Store your toilet bombs in an airtight container.

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.

The toilet before being bombed…..

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.

The science experiment in progress.
The end result.

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.

10…9….8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…Bombs Away!

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….

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