Does anyone enjoy cleaning the bathroom?
I’m guessing next to no one reading this just raised their hand. Who wants to put on a pair of rubber gloves, a clothespin over their nose, and hold the magic wand? Not I!
Some things just have to be done – like regularly cleaning the bathroom. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make it easier…
I discovered an easy trick that helps keep the toilet clean and the bathroom smelling fresh – no gloves or clothespins required! All it takes is five ingredients and the drop of a fast-acting DIY toilet bowl cleaner bomb.
Why Make Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner?
What you should be asking is, “Are toilet cleaners safe?”.
Out of 75 toilet bowl cleaners the Environmental Working Group tested from 28 different brands more 50% received a rating score of “F”.
In fact, most commercial toilet bowl cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can pollute your home’s environment creating potential health risks.
For example, the Organic Consumers Association reports, toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive ingredients that are a severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritants. In addition to sulfates which can trigger asthma attacks in those with asthma.
Enough reason for me to make a natural toilet bowl cleaner! Read on for a quick reference on the ingredients you’ll need to make toilet cleaner bombs.
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Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner Ingredients Without Health Risks
Thankfully we can keep things clean and smelling fresh in the bathroom without the use of harsh chemicals. Not only that we can do it at an affordable price tag too. Here’s the natural toilet bowl cleaner ingredients you’ll need to make a homemade toilet bowl cleaner bomb.
What it is: A natural crystalline acid found in citrus fruits like lemons. Citric acid is antibacterial and antiseptic without being corrosive.
The Purpose: This natural toilet bowl cleaner binds with mineral and helps to release stuck on particles and debris. Citric acid is additionally effective at keeping mineral deposits or tough hard water stains out the toilet.
What it is: Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a naturally occurring substance. Popularly known for its use as an odor absorber and scouring agent.
The Purpose: I include it in DIY toilet bowl cleaner bombs to naturally deodorize and lift the ring around the bowl. This cleaning agent can do most of the job on its own!
What it is: Pure essential oils for cleaning are the best kept secret weapon to homemade cleaning solutions.
The Purpose: Outside of their cleaning power, essential oils add a natural, non-toxic scent keeping your toilet smelling clean after each flush.
Some of the best essential oils to use in homemade toilet bowl cleaner are:
- Tea tree
What it is: Hydrogen peroxide is anti-fungal, anti-mold, antibacterial, and anti-mildew, so it clearly makes sense to use it as a toilet cleaner.
The Purpose: Practical, non-toxic and cheap – hydrogen peroxide kills a large number of tiny pathogens in a toilet bowl. But, it can take some time to sanitize.
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The Lazy Toilet Bowl Cleaner
While I am not someone who thinks they are too good to clean the toilet, I still don’t prefer to get too close to the job. Nor do I want to spend several minutes elbows in scrubbing the toilet.
Which leads me to the ultimate lazy toilet bowl cleaner – fizzy toilet bombs! They make the task so easy, it’s hands-free. Each is made with the natural cleaning agents above to keep things fresh longer, so you can scrub less.
MAKE THESE FIZZY TOILET BOMBS TO QUICKLY FRESHEN UP YOUR BATHROOM WHENEVER NEEDED!
Here’s what you’ll need to make toilet bombs:
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 silicon mold, 12 to 15 cavities
How to Make DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner Bombs:
Add one cup baking soda and a ¼ cup citric acid to a large glass mixing bowl. Whisk to blend and remove any clumps.
Next, pour one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into a separate, small glass bowl. Add fifteen drops each of lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oil the hydrogen peroxide and stir to combine.
Then VERY slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, slow down.
After mixing the bowl of wet ingredients into the dry mixture, scoop a small amount into the side of the bowl to test the consistency. (It should stick together and hold it’s shape. If the mixture is too dry and powdery, add a ½ teaspoon more of hydrogen peroxide. Then mix well and test again. Repeat until you have the correct consistency.)
Once the toilet bowl cleaner mixture is ready, scoop each side of a bath bomb mold into the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Then press together and let stand 2 minutes. (I recommend using multiple bath bomb molds so you can keep going while the others are setting.)
Once set gently release the bath bomb onto a cutting board or cookie sheet. If the bath bomb cracks while removing it, scoop a little more mixture and press together again. Allow bath bombs to dry uncovered 8 hours or overnight. Once dry, store in a dry place or container until use.
Yields: 6 to 8 toilet bombs
How do DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner Bombs Work?
It’s all in the fizz! When citric acid and baking soda react with water, the ingredients will start to bubble and then fizz.
While they are each completely natural ingredients, the process makes the fizzing action. And this fizzing action along with hydrogen peroxide and essential oils clean the toilet bowl from germs and debris. In addition to absorbing unpleasant odors.Grab all room by room and seasoanl cleaning checklists for spring, summer, fall, and winter in the Life-n-Reflection Resource Library!
What’s the best way to use a toilet bomb?
Toilet bombs are best used to keep toilets clean longer in between cleanings. I recommend dropping one bomb into the bowl of the toilet at night when you finish your nightly skin care routine.
Overnight they will clean, absorb unpleasant odors, and help to extend cleanings. And you’ll awaken to a fresh smelling bathroom. Simply give it a flush in the morning and you’ll see the difference.
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These homemade natural toilet bowl cleaner bombs are so easy to use – because you just drop them in! You can use them as often as you like to freshen things up. And you don’t need to use a toilet brush to make them work.
So, if you’re looking for a lazy toilet bowl cleaner – this is it! Let the fizzy action do the job while you sleep!
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