These DIY toilet bombs are amazing for both cleaning and freshening your toilet after there’s been…well, an “explosion.” You can mix and match which essential oils you use based on the scents you prefer, but I love a combination of lemon and tea tree oil for their cleansing properties and clean aromas. As soon as these bombs hit the water, they start fizzing and go straight to work cleaning so you don’t have to! As a bonus, these work as a great incentive for potty training kids since they love being rewarded with dropping a “bomb” after they’ve dropped a bomb and getting to watch the fizzing action.
Required Ingredients and Tools:
- 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oils
- 1/4 cup of citric acid
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide
- baking pan
- silicone baking sheet or parchment paper
- measuring cups and spoons
*Citric acid can be found in the canning section of your local grocery store and is sometimes also referred to as “powdered produce preservative.
- Add the baking soda and citric acid to a bowl and gently mix, breaking up any clumps.
- In a glass measuring cup, add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. These will combine with the dry ingredients to create the chemical reaction that causes the toilet bombs to fizz! For this reason, it is VERY important to add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients very slowly. I recommend using a dropper if you have one. Drop by drop, add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring the entire time. The end result should resemble wet, clumpy powder.
- Next, add your essential oils and stir to mix the oils throughout. I like to use a combination of tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca) and lemon, but on guard, lemongrass, lime, grapefruit, lavender, or even peppermint make a nice, refreshing scent.
- Using a 1 tsp measuring spoon, scoop level amounts of the mixed ingredients and gently tap onto either your silicone baking sheets or parchment paper laid out on a baking pan. Be very careful when completing this step, or you will just end up with little piles of dried mixture instead of formed half-rounds.
- Leave the tray out at room temperature to dry overnight or until the rounds have hardened completely.
- Store your dried bombs in a sealable glass jar and keep some in each bathroom. The next time things get a little stinky, after flushing, drop one of these fizzing toilet bombs in and enjoy the dual cleansing action and pleasant smell.