Do you know anyone who enjoys taking time to clean a toilet? Yea, neither do I and I probably never will. I know cleaning the toilet can be a stinky and grotesque task to accomplish, but it needs to be done. So there is now a way to get this done while also being entertained. An ordinary bath bomb can make it so easy to clean your toilet that you may find yourself wanting to clean it daily.
Are you like me and now wanting to know how to make these bad boys?
Here is a step by step ingredients list on how to make a bath bomb to clean your toilet. So get ready for some fun cleaning your toilet!! Something you thought would never be possible.
Gather All Your Ingredients
• Baking soda: 1 cup
• Borax (optional): 1/3 cup
• 1/2 cup citric acid
• Measuring cup
• Container to mix
• Essential oils
• Tablespoon or measuring spoon
• Spray Bottle or Vaporizer
• Silicone mold (optional)
One more thing I forgot to mention is that these toilet bath bombs can double as a laundry detergent.
Get The Baking Soda Ready
Baking soda is a lightly abrasive, as well as an unscented, deodorizer. It is easily decomposed by acid and that’s why adding citric acid will come in handy for cleaning.
Grab a mixing bowl or container, a measuring cup and baking soda. Then, measure 1-1 1/3 cups of baking soda and add it to your mixing bowl.
- Do 1 cup of baking soda if you’re planning to add borax, otherwise keep it to 1 1/3 cups.
- If the baking soda has clumps, use your fingers or spoon to dissolve them.
With or Without Borax?
Though the basic recipe doesn’t call for Borax, I use it often as a detergent booster in my laundry and house cleaning recipes.
It also can make a great DIY Ant Bait.
Add 1/3 cup of Borax to the baking soda. You don’t have to, but it will definitely make the cleaning easier. Borax is a good cleaner, deodorizer and booster, which makes it a good combination for the baking soda.
Next step is to add citric acid.
- Measure 1/2 cup and add it to your mixing container.
The citric acid and baking soda will produce an acid-and-base reaction that creates thousands of tiny bubbles to fill your toilet bowl while releasing the essential oils.
- If you replace 1/3 of the baking soda with borax, the reaction will be slower, but the cleaning is likely to be better.
Mix The Dry Ingredients
Before you add a little moisture, make sure it’s well mixed. Use a tablespoon first to mix all ingredients. Then use your fingers to ensure there aren’t any baking soda clumps left.
Moisten the dry ingredients, so let’s add the liquid next. First, use a tablespoon to add 1 spoon of water to your measuring cup. You can also use measuring spoons.
Pour the water into a vaporizer.
- use a vaporizer to mist the dry ingredients. It will moisten the dry ingredients better and prevent creating clumps again in areas that are excessively wet.
Now add a few essential oils to the water to make a nice fresh and clean scent.
That’ll leave a nice fragrance in your toilet bowl with no extra work!
You can use any oil you have: 70-90 drops of one, or several oils combined are a good amount.
- The more you use, the stronger the scent.
For a clean and fresh scent, add 30 drops of each — Pine or Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint — to the water. Or you can also use Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint: again, 30 drops of each.
Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus are excellent air disinfectants, perfect for a bathroom!
All citrus (lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, lime ), Peppermint and Lavender are also very good air purifiers – not to mention they smell great!
- If you only have 2 oils, add 45 drops of each, and if only 1, add 90.
Start spraying the water & essential oils mix into your dry ingredients. Spray a couple of times and mix with the tablespoon. Continue misting and stirring a few times until you see the texture changing.
Stir It UP
As you keep adding liquid to the dry ingredients, you’ll see small clumps forming. Continue stirring and misting until you've used 2/3 of the liquid in your vaporizer.
- You can use the spoon or your hand to dissolve the clumps.
Mix well and get a small amount in your hand to make a fist. If it clumps well — it doesn’t need to be completely moist or wet! — it’s ready to pour into the mold.
Otherwise, continue misting. If you still need more water, add a bit more to the vaporizer and spray a few more times.
- Wait a few minutes before you add additional water to your mix.
Keep in mind the ideal mix should be slightly dry, rather than a sticky paste.
The moisture will activate the citric acid and start a reaction between the citric acid and the baking soda. If you add too much liquid, your mix will expand and start the fizzing now, instead of later.
With your mix ready, it’s time to pour into your mold. Silicone molds are best, since they’re easy to take out of the mold. Pinch a small amount from your container and press into the mold. You may need to add a bit more to fill it to the top. Fill each one until you’re done.
- Don’t have a mold handy? Use your hands to make small balls.
The mix yields a full mold, about 28 hearts. You can use half the amounts for a smaller batch. Cover and let it dry for a few hours. You can wait up to a day or two, but keep in mind they won’t dry in the silicone mold.
Pop Out of The Mold
Now, if your bath bombs are on the soft side they may be harder to take out of the mold. But I have a little trick that I'll share with you: put your mold in the freezer for 30 min and try again. If still soft, keep them for another 1/2 hour.
Store in a jar and label: put the name and date. You can also add the ingredients.
As it turns out, my bombs came up too moist. Close the jar and keep them in the fridge. Because they're cold, they may take a bit longer dissolving in the water.
Are you ready? Let’s put some love into that toilet bowl. Drop a bath bomb or two and wait a few minutes for it to dissolve. If you added borax, the chemical reaction between the citric acid and the baking soda will take longer and release less bubbles. Either way, once the bomb is dissolved, use the scrubber to clean the bowl. All while you’re enjoying the fresh — and healthy! — scents of the essential oils.
- If the toilet needs a boost cleaning, drop a couple of bombs.
You can also use the bath bombs to boost your laundry! Think about it: baking soda and borax are deodorizers and cleaners, and it is citric acid. And the essential oils will add a nice, fresh fragrance to your laundry! Add a couple of bombs to my laundry detergent, to hand wash a few delicate whites, but you can use them in your regular machine wash too.
- If you’re doing whites, you can also add a 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar along with your regular laundry detergent.
- Though the bombs shouldn’t damage colors, you should try a hand wash with a color item first. Borax and citric acid may affect colors.
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