Very few of us could actually say we enjoy cleaning. But it’s fair to say that there are certain household cleaning tasks that are easier to get through than others. And the one task that almost all of us would prefer simply did not need to be dealt with is cleaning the toilet. Even if it’s relatively clean there is just something yucky about it that ensures it is usually right at the bottom of our to do list.
And then there are the cleaning products themselves. They usually involve bleach, or a bleach substitute, which is harsh, not only on your nose but your porcelain toilet bowl as well, contain lots of those nine syllable chemicals that you just know aren’t good for anyone and even if they claim to be ‘lemon-y’ or ‘pine-y’ always just smell bad.
There is an alternative though; homemade toilet cleaning bombs. Not to be used to literally blow anything up of course, just to make cleaning the toilet bowl easier, quicker and safer. The ingredients are all natural and you probably have them all in the house right now.
Want in on the secret to making these mini marvels? Here it is:
What You’ll Need
½ citric acid
½ cup baking soda
½ cup corn starch
25 drops essential oil. Orange is recommended because it will add both scent and extra cleaning power but you can always mix it with another scent that you particularly like
Plain spray bottle
2 Large Ziploc bags
A muffin tin
How It’s Done
Begin by combining all of the ‘ingredients’, with the exception of the oils, in one of the large Ziploc bags. Seal the bag and shake until everything is well combined.
Open up the bag again and spray in three squirts of water. Reseal and then knead the mixture.The idea is to create a soft dough, and to do so you’ll have to repeat these steps 8-10 times to get the consistency you need (keep checking.)
Once you are done, add the oils and knead the mixture one more time. Divide the ‘dough’ into the muffin tin cups and then leave the tray in a cool, dark place for a day or two. After that remove the ‘bombs’ from the tray (carefully) and then store them in the other Ziplock bag. Or, if you prefer add a few drops of food coloring when you add the oils, create colored bombs and then they can be stored in an airtight glass jar in the bathroom (properly labelled of course.)
When you are ready to clean the toilet next time simply drop a bomb into the bowl. The mixture will fizz, that’s normal, it’s the baking soda doing its work. Once the bomb has dissolved use a toilet brush to remove any extra grime and then flush. The result with be a sweet smelling, bacteria free (thanks to the citric acid) clean toilet and you hardly had to do a thing!