Cleaning the bathroom (specifically the toilet) is one of my most detested cleaning tasks. In fact, I assigned it the highest point value last summer on our kids’ chore chart! It’s a combination of too many steps, and the nastiness of the toilet itself. (I live in the land of all boys.) I’d take vacuuming and laundry over scrubbing the ‘loo. 

Enter: The Toilet Bomb.  Just drop one of these in your toilet bowl, and watch in awe as chemistry happens.  Your kids will be fighting over who gets to clean the toilet!  No more touching nasty nozzles on toilet bowl cleaner. (Seriously, you are supposed to squirt it under the rim of the bowl, and then touch it again to close it?? Am I the only one that can’t do that without rubbing it along the rim?). No more worry about accidentally squirting unsuspecting bathroom towels, or fixtures, and risk of staining them. Nope. Just drop one of these fizzies in the bowl and let it do its thing. 

For in between deep cleans, we just drop them in the bowl and walk away.  For a deeper clean, we drop one in, let it fizz for a while, and then scrub with the toilet bowl brush. SO much easier than using the gel bowl cleaners! And, I feel better about my kids using this to clean, versus the bottle of chemicals. Have you ever been so excited to clean the toilet before? (ok, I don’t think anyone can ever get excited to clean, but humor me!)

Supplies Needed:

– 1 cup baking soda
– ¼ cup citric acid
– 1 T. hydrogen peroxide (3% solution is fine) in a spray bottle
– Essential oils
– Some type of mold for your bombs
– Bowl, stirring utensil

1. Mix 1 cup baking soda with ¼ cup citric acid. 

2. Spray some of the hydrogen peroxide over the powder mixture.  Stir, and spray a little more, until it gets to the consistency where you are able to mold it between your fingers. 

3. Add 20 drops of your essential oil.  Mix thoroughly.

4. Fill your molds.

5. Lightly spray the tops of your toilet bombs with the leftover hydrogen peroxide.  This will help it harden as it dries. 

6. Let dry completely before removing from mold, about 4 hours.

7. Store in a container and use as often as you need to!

Why use a spray bottle for the hydrogen peroxide, instead of just pouring it in? Since hydrogen peroxide is an acid, it will react when mixed with the baking soda, which is a base. Result: Lots of bubbles and foaming! By using a spray bottle, we can limit some of that reaction so that it isn’t a bubbly, frothy mess.

Feel free to use any type of mold you have handy.  I like the silicone molds, since they are easier to pop out.  I used an ice cube tray, and that worked well.  You can also just use a spoon or ice cream scooper, placing each toilet bomb on a tray to dry. 

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