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In this post: Want a super-easy way to keep your toilet fresh between cleanings? Try our DIY toilet bombs made with essential oils and baking soda for a fresh clean scent!


One of my least favorite tasks around the house is cleaning the toilet. I’m pretty sure it’s not your favorite either. But you can extend the length of time between cleanings by making and using these DIY toilet bombs!

Want a super easy way to keep your toilet fresh between cleanings? Try our DIY toilet bombs made with essential oils and baking soda for a fresh clean scent!

DIY Toilet Bombs for Easy Cleaning

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Materials

You could use either tap water or distilled water in your homemade cleaning products. The reasons for using distilled vs tap water would depend on your local tap water. If your tap water has a lot of minerals in it (i.e. if you have hard water), it could leave “water marks”, which would of course be annoying when you’re trying to clean! 

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. In a spray bottle, mix the water and essential oils.water and essential oils in spray bottle bottom
  3. Spray the water and oil mix into the baking soda and citric acid. It will fizzle a little bit, but that’s ok. (If you don’t have a spray bottle just be sure to add the water mix VERY slowly!)
  4. Mix around until it is all damp. The mixture should feel a bit like damp sand. If it’s too crumbly, add a bit more water a tiny bit at a time (to avoid creating a fizzy reaction). 
  5. Press into mold and allow to sit out and harden for a few hours.press into mold
  6. Transfer to a jar or an airtight container. 

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Want a super easy way to keep your toilet fresh between cleanings? Try our DIY toilet bombs made with essential oils and baking soda for a fresh clean scent!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 ⅓ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • Essential oils - lemon lavender and/or peppermint are all good options!
  • Silicone mold
  • Spray bottle

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. In a spray bottle, mix the water and essential oils.
  3. Spray the water and oil mix into the baking soda and citric acid. It will fizzle a little bit, but that’s ok. (If you don’t have a spray bottle just be sure to add the water mix VERY slowly!)
  4. Mix around until it is all damp. The mixture should feel a bit like damp sand. If it's too crumbly, add a bit more water a tiny bit at a time (to avoid creating a fizzy reaction). 
  5. Press into mold and allow to sit out and harden for a few hours.
  6. Transfer to a jar or an airtight container. 

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To Use Your DIY Toilet Bombs

When you’re ready to use your toilet bombs, simply drop one in your toilet bowl, let fizz, and then flush. Your toilet bowl will look and smell fresh, no scrubbing is needed!

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Why they work

Baking Soda  – Baking soda is a mildly abrasive cleaner and makes an excellent deodorizer.

Citric Acid  – Citric Acid give the toilet bombs that fizzy effect and helps to dissolve hard water stains in the toilet bowl.

Essential Oils – The essential oils help to kill germs and leave a fresh clean scent behind after the toilet bomb dissolves.

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What’s next?

Do you want to use essential oils in your home more, but feel like there’s so much info out there? 

Check out The Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Home packed with everything you need to know to – without the overwhelm.

Includes: which grades of essential oils to use, which ones to avoid for pets and babies and the top 13 essential oils that are perfect for beginners. Plus, recipes and tips for making your own home remedies, soaps, scrubs and cleaners and more. 

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Want a super easy way to keep your toilet fresh between cleanings? Try our DIY toilet bombs made with essential oils and baking soda for a fresh clean scent!

So tell me, is cleaning the toilet on your list of least favorite chores? Have you ever tried diy toilet bombs before?

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22 Comments

  1. I like this idea- I could toss one in when last minute company is coming and I think the bombs would even look cute in a glass jar in the bathroom. How big are they? About the size of an ice cube?
    Thanks!

  2. What a great idea. I love things that I can make with household items. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Monday link party.

  3. I need to make some of these! Thanks so much for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link party! Pinned this! Hope you join us again next week!

  4. Wonderful DIY! And they look so neat… (I’ve seen some that look a bit messy, if you know what I mean). Here from Home and Garden Link Party… Pinning to my DIY Dreams Board!

    1. Love this! Just to verify it’s 1 teaspoon of water, not 1 TABLESPOON? That 1 tsp just doesn’t seem like enough to make it lightly damp (the dry ingredients). Also, mine puffed up once pressed into the silicon . Is that supposed to happen or did my first round of the just flop?

  5. Such a great idea! I have made Shower Bombs for when my kids need help with their breathing when they have a cold, but I really like this! Thank you for sharing with us last week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop 🙂

    1. Thanks! I found what appears to be a good deal on Amazon: guess what I’ll be making this weekend!? I have a toilet that tends to get moldy easily because it’s not used as often as the one in the main bathroom. I’m excited to be able to pop in a pod in between cleanings to help prevent that from happening!