How do you start a post about a toilet bowl cleaner that doesn’t start with a potty joke? I’m not sure, but these DIY toilet bowl cleaners are the best! Put them in water and they explode! (well really they just fizz). They are an all natural way to deodorize and disinfect your toilet bowl. For mine I used lemon, wild orange, and peppermint essential oils for two reasons; first, they smell amazing when blended together, and second, both lemon and wild orange can be used as disinfectants, while peppermint is an great antiseptic. Really though, you can use any number of combinations of essential oils to make effective toilet bombs.
It took me 20 minutes of prep time to make the bombs and then they took approximately 6 hours to set. Materials other than the oils cost me about $8.
Lemon, Orange, and Peppermint Toilet Bombs
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
30 drops lemon essential oil
30 drops wild orange essential oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine the baking soda and citric acid in a medium sized bowl. The more evenly distributed the citric acid is throughout the baking soda the more the bomb will fizz.
Mix the 3 oils in an empty vial. When I combined the 90 drops, I thought it looked like a small amount of oil, but man was I glad I refrained from adding more. By the time the bombs are finished, they will be very potent and any more than the 90 drops might be a little overwhelming.
Using a manual pump, spray the mixture 2-3 times then use a fork to fold in the moisture. Continue this process until your mixture begins to look crumbly. My mixture ended up being a little too dry, so I added some water to my oil concoction. **Warning: if your oil mixture has too much water in it, the baking soda and citric acid will begin to foam, making it less effective when placed in water.
Pack the mixture in a silicon mold (mine is actually an ice cube tray) or shape with a spoon and place on parchment paper. If you don’t use a mold the mixture will expand a lot when they are setting. I used a big spoon to shape them, but they ended up being HUGE, so I would recommend using a smaller spoon. Leave them to set for about 6 hours.
Carefully take them out of their mold (you can see my skulls worked better than my crossbones) and put them in a mason jar or another decorative jar to place on the tank of your toilet.
Voila! Your finished toilet bombs are ready to fight bathroom odor and bacteria. I will spare you a video of a demonstration in a toilet, but here is a video of how they work in a bowl of water.