There are few things less fun than cleaning the bathroom, especially the toilet. Toilet bombs are easy to make, do their job well, and even make toilet cleaning a bit more fun.
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In about 15 minutes you can make enough bombs to keep your toilet looking and smelling pretty for months. These toilet bombs clean and deodorize, leaving your bathroom with a fresh scent and a sparkling toilet.
Commercial Chemicals vs Our Ingredients
Many commercial toilet bowl cleaners contain ingredients that can cause irritatation to eyes, throat, lungs, and skin.
According to the Organic Consumers Association, “Mixing acid-containing toilet bowl cleaners with cleaners that contain chlorine will form lung-damaging chlorine gas. Your safest bet is to avoid both ingredients.”
The ingredients we’ll be using to make our toilet bombs include baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), citric acid, and borax (sodium borate), along with the optional essential oils of lavender and lemon.
Baking soda is used in everyday baking, safe enough to use as toothpaste, can relieve heartburn and the sting of a sunburn, along with many other uses.
Citric acid occurs naturally in abundance in citrus fruits but is now commercially produced. Although there are some who are voicing concern over its extensive use as an additive in processed foods, for the purposes of cleaning there is no known safety concern.
Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is a naturally occurring mineral. There has been much debate as to the safety of Borax. However, all concerns that can be substantiated are in regards to high levels of ingested Borax. There’s no need to worry. This is going in our toilets, not our mouths.
The essential oils are optional in this recipe, as the primary ingredients offer the same benefits. Lemon essential oil is a great smelling disinfectant. Lavender essential oil has deodorizing properties.
Let’s Make Some Bombs!
- Medium size mixing bowl
- Pastry blender or whisk
- Spray bottle with water
- Silicone mold (optional)
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup borax
- 25 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
- 25 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Good To Know Borax is generally found in the cleaning and laundry supplies section of most supermarkets and grocery stores. Citric acid can be found where canning supplies are sold. It’s also easily ordered online.
- Add all dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with pastry blender or whisk.
- Add essential oils, one drop at a time, while blending.
- Spritz with water from spray bottle. Stir thoroughly after every spray, 5 to 7 sprays. Be careful to moisten just until mixture barely holds together.
- Firmly pack mixture into molds. I use 2 loose Tbsps of mixture per mold. This makes about 20 bombs.
- Allow to dry overnight. Carefully remove bombs from mold.
- Place bombs in an airtight container.
Caution Too much moisture activates the citric acid and baking soda, causing expansion.
You can use just about anything to mold these. If you’re stumped for what to use as a mold here are a few ideas… plastic Easter eggs, melon baller, ice cream scoop, measuring spoon, ice cube tray, silicone mold.
If you use something to mold your bombs one at a time, for example a measuring spoon, place wax paper, parchment paper, or plastic food wrap over a baking sheet.
Carefully lay your bombs out on the sheet and set aside to dry overnight before moving to an airtight container.
To clean a toilet, drop a bomb into the bowl and wait until the fizzing has stopped. The bomb does most of the cleaning for you, so you can simply flush away the grime.
For a more thorough cleaning you may want to scrub the bomb ingredients around the bowl before flushing.
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Toilet Bombs for Everyone
These may not be glamorous but they make a very practical gift. Place them in an attractive container, include the recipe and a mold so they can make more themselves, and you’ve got a really thoughtful gift.