The Best DIY For People Who Dread Cleaning The Toilet

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Who doesn’t love a good a fizzy tablet or “bomb”? From bath bombs to denture cleaning tablets and beyond, there’s something incredibly satisfying about dropping a tablet into water and watching it fizz away as it dissolves. There are even fizzy bath bombs that can unclog you toilet!

And there’s something even more satisfying about it when you’ve made those fizzy tablets with your own two hands, like the homemade toilet cleaner tabs I’ll be sharing with you today! :-) Just drop one into your toilet bowl, let it fizz, then give it a good scrub with your toilet brush to leave your porcelain throne fresh and clean.

How To Make Homemade Toilet Cleaner Tabs

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You’ll need:

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Add baking soda and citric acid to a mixing bowl and mix well.

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In a separate container, mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together.

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Then slowly pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of baking soda and citric acid, and stir until it starts to clump together.

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Add a total of 40 drops of your essential oil (or oils) of choice. I chose to use lemon oil here, but I love using any kind of citrus oil in my cleaning recipes. Citrus oils not only smell wonderfully fresh and clean, but many of them have antibacterial and disinfectant properties, too.

Next, prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Use your tablespoon or another small scoop to scoop up some of the cleaning mixture you made. Pack the mixture down into the scoop with your fingers, then gently tap it out onto the baking sheet. Repeat until you’ve used all of the mixture in the bowl.

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If your cleaning tabs look a bit dry or crumbly, follow the next step. (If not, you can just skip to the drying stage.) Pour a small amount of vinegar into a spray bottle, then lightly spritz the tabs to help them stick together.

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Finally, place your baking sheet somewhere out of the way and allow the cleaning tabs to dry overnight. When the tabs are completely dry, store them in an airtight container.

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How To Use Your Homemade Toilet Cleaner Tabs

To use, drop one tab into the toilet bowl. Let it fizz and bubble for a few minutes.

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Grab your toilet brush and give the bowl a good scrub. Flush the toilet, and admire the clean! (Sparkly!) Use once a week for a deep clean.

How do you keep your toilet clean?

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Homekeeping Tips

  • Here is a possible solution for mixing these up. Do not add the citric acid to the baking soda in the beginning. Mix the wet ingredients, and very slowly add drops of it to the baking soda, mixing with your fingers as you go. Once liquid is incorporated, add the essential oils and mix well. Once all of that is mixed then add the citric acid. Have a small spray bottle with 91-99% rubbing alcohol handy. If the mixture is too crumbly to hold shape, spray some rubbing alcohol and mix until mixture holds form. The high percentage rubbing alcohol has very little water and will let the mixture bond and not foam. Hopefully this will help.

  • If you try this recipe and have a problem with them fizzing too much and/or flattening out, making bombs is tricky and requires a delicate hand. Adding too much liquid is easy to do, but will ruin the bombs. The trick is to add the smallest amount of liquid as possible, but still allows the mixture to stick to itself.

  • Hi all… Just to clarify, normally, I wouldn’t recommend combining vinegar and hydrogen peroxide – that would not make a good cleaner on its own! However, it works well as the wet element in these bombs. That said, feel free to use just vinegar or just hydrogen peroxide in this recipe.

  • hydrogen peroxide or vinigar will work for cleaning your toilet. I wouldn’t use them tog though either.
    Each on their own they would clean the toilet, you just don’t get the fizz.

  • I’ve always seen warnings that you shouldn’t mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar because the combination makes peracetic/peroxyacetic acid, which can be highly corrosive. You may want to include this warning for those who don’t know the possible dangers of mixing these.

  • Hi there! I just tried this recipe and unfortunately my tabs are fizzing all over the place. They’ve completely lost shape. I filled the recipe exactly so I have no idea where I went wrong. Help please?

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