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Thursday, September 12, 2013

DIY Thursday: No-hands toilet bowl cleaner

I'm a big fan of DIY. Not building a house DIY, that's more than a bit extreme. But little things that help my budget and allow me to use less chemicals. I found these toilet bowl bombs on Maria's Self Blog: she has them for sale, if you don't want to make them.

I give Maria's Self full credit for these (and the picture) and thank her profusely for posting her how-to so I could replicate them! They're amazing and smell great. I bought my citric acid and essential oils from my local health foods store since I originally did this as an experiment and didn't want to buy in bulk. I bought a candy mold to use as the mold since there was no way I'd use the candy molds I use for candy!

WHAT I USE: (for approx. 24 bombs)
--1 1/3 cup Baking Soda - amazing for all-natural cleaning AND deodorizing!

--1/2 cup Citric Acid - (low-strength acid that exists naturally in fruits like lemons & oranges) - used in many kitchen & bathroom cleaners for its cleaning, whitening & deodorizing properties

--30 drops Lavender Essential Oil***
--30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil***
--30 drops Lemon Essential Oil*** --Medical Mask
Since I work with citric acid and baking soda, I always put medical mask first and then mix together soda and acid. After that I put oils in a spray bottle and spray little by little stirring the mixture at the same time in order to not let it fizz away. If the mixture isn't damp enough I add just A TINY BIT of water in my spray bottle and spray the mixture - but again, I try to prevent the acid from fizzing away, because bombs won't explode and will just sink without fizzing if they're too moist.

After that I put the mixture in silicone molds and let them dry for about 6 hours. And then I store the bombs in a container with a lid - don't they look adorable?...I usually drop one in the toilet bowl whenever I feel like it;-) 

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