We’re just gonna go ahead and dive right on in to TMI here, but I pee blue. Not talking a tinge of blue but crazy, smurf blue. So keeping the toilet clean is a bit more difficult for me than some, I’d guess. In order to help keep my toilets clean without daily scrubbing I have started making homemade essential oil fizzing toilet cleaners. And guess what? I love them. For the longest time I’ve used denture cleaners but after a nasty bout of stomach virus that didn’t want to leave even with copious amounts of stinky virus killing spra. I decided I wanted to not only make my toilets look clean, but also help kill all of the nasties in the toilet that can cause us to spread illnesses back and forth.
And so I took the idea of bath bombs and made toilet fizzies and made them with tea tree oil, which naturally fights germs, bacteria and viruses. Talk about a triple whammy. I went ahead and also tossed in some lavender since I like the smell, and it doesn’t exactly hurt that it is naturally antibacterial, itself. In the end I have sparkling bowls. I can tell you, however, that it does no good against rust. I’m not even sure WHY I have little speckles of rust stains in my toilet but I can tell you that if you, too, have these little rust spots this cleaner isn’t going to touch them.
For this project you will need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- essential oils (I used tea tree oil and lavender from this set)
- ice cube tray
First things first, you’ll need to get your supplies together. I get the cheapest baking soda I can find for this and it works just as well as anything else. My citric acid I purchase 5 pounds at a time from Amazon so I can save big bucks AND make my bombs super fizzy. I feel like the fizzier they are the better they work so skimping on the citric acid just makes them duds and you’ve pretty much wasted your money. I mainly use tea tree oil, to the tune of about a full teaspoon for a batch and that’s quite a bit of essential oil. I purchase my tea tree oil 4 ounces at a time, also at Amazon and I use it to clean my house and my face with. I love the stuff. The lavender I use about 30 drops of which is a small amount so I just use the little dropper bottles I have from various sets I’ve acquired over the years, but you can also purchase lavender essential oils in much bigger, 4 ounce bottles if you’re going to be using it for projects like this.
First mix your baking soda and citric acid together in a glass bowl.
Next add your essential oils. I like to run around 100-130 drops per batch because I’m one of those stronger is always better type of people so feel free to use less your first batch and then increase the amounts of oils you use in future batches if you’re worried this might be too strong for your personal preference.
Mix your oils in as well as you can.
Now this won’t hold together just because. You’re going to have to add water. But water is going to make the citric acid start to fizz and if you use too much you’re going to lose out on fizzing your toilet clean. This is why we add the tiniest amount of water at a time. I literally use one capful from my water bottle. This time I think I must have double dipped because my bombs sort of puffed up as they dried, a sign that there was too much water making too much of my citric acid fizz while they set up.
You want your mixture to hold together when squeezed in your hand. It doesn’t have to clump hard or anything, it just needs to hold its shape.
Press your mixture into an ice cube mold and allow to set up overnight.
Now I like this silicone bottomed ice cube mold because a tiny push upward loosens the bombs so that they rarely break and come out super easily. They also sell smaller trays, which I’m considering purchasing to make slightly smaller toilet bombs to use more frequently for the same cost.
The tops of my bombs in the background are domed rather than flat? You’re going to get a little bit of that because that water that you need to hold these together is going to react with the citric acid. That’s just the way it’s gonna go in my experience BUT you can have it be significantly less than what I have got going on here. I have to tell you, though, they still work fabulously so unless these are for a gift (which is kind of an odd gift, hmmm) I would hardly stress over a perfect shape.
I got this acrylic storage container that holds 6 fizzies perfectly. Since I run and put 1 in each of the toilets as soon as they’re dry I only need to hold the 6 anyway, but they also have larger containers or smaller ice cube trays.
Oh, look! We have a visitor!First time cat craft assistant Miss Maybelline, also known as Maybe Baby, around here, is all about the lightbox these days so you’ll be seeing more of her around here :) Now just because it feels weird to show you pictures of my toilets I’m not going to do it. Instead you get pictures of a cute kitten. I guess that’s a win for us all, right?
These fizzies are amazing. My inner neatfreak LOVES them and I absolutely know that they help when we’ve got the stomach nasties trolling around here. And since I buy large quantities of the things I use to make them I can affordably make them, too. If you’re not into all of this work, you might try using denture cleaning tabs. I’ve seriously used those since I was little and my Mimmie had me dump one in the toilet every weekend. They work well and take a lot less effort if you’re just not in the mood for all of this business (and sometimes you just aren’t :)