Who ever would have guessed that we’d be on the search to find a way to make cleaning the toilet more entertaining?
Back in the day it’d be a joyless task that we’d groan at the thought of. Once we’d worked up the energy to do it, we’d give the bowl a quick bleach and a scrub. Job done.
However, with the rise of social media (doesn’t everything come back to this?) people are becoming increasingly more determined to find new ways to complete mundane tasks.
If you’re a fan of the social media platform TikTok, you might have seen users cleaning their toilets with dozens of cleaning products, creating an oozing colorful mess that, we imagine, leaves the bowl cleaner than it was when you first purchased it.
Another reason that people might want to make cleaning the toilet slightly more interesting is… kids. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that kids find the fun in the most mundane things possible.
It is both a blessing and a curse – we love seeing our kids enjoy the shape of the toilet brush, but we also don’t need cleaning the toilet to take an hour out of our day.
If you’re looking for a unique way to entertain your children, or perhaps you simply want to add a toilet cleaning bomb into your weekly routine, look no further. We’ve got the perfect guide for you.
What Are Toilet Cleaning Bombs?
If you’re wondering what exactly a toilet cleaning bomb is, it is exactly what it sounds like. It’s essentially a bath bomb for your toilet bowl.
It fizzes once it hits the water, which is the process that helps the ingredients to clean the toilet bowl. This eliminates the need for a toilet brush, so your life is about to get even easier!
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to making our toilet cleaning bombs for ourselves.
Ingredients Needed For Toilet Cleaning Bombs
There are a few ingredients necessary for making your new cleaning products. Without these, you won’t get a good fizzing reaction with the water in your toilet, and the end result won’t be as good as it could be.
Luckily, these ingredients are easily attainable and often can be found in our pantry’s, so you might not even need to run to the grocery store!
The most important of any cleaning or bath ‘bomb’ is baking soda. It is what causes the fizzing action that will leave your toilet bowl sparkling.
Not only is baking soda good for the bomb reaction, but it is also a great product for cleaning. Baking soda is a good deodorizer, so it will remove any lingering smells that you might want to flush away.
Baking soda is also mildly abrasive which is good for scrubbing away stains underwater. Its alkaline properties easily remove dirt and stains without the need for scrubbing.
Not only will the baking soda take care of the toilet bowl, but it will also continue to work its magic as it travels down the drain.
It’ll clean your pipes and even help to unclog them, so your cleaning bomb will help your toilet running in tip top condition.
Citric acid is another must-have ingredient for toilet cleaning bombs. The acid will react with the baking soda to create the fizzing effect.
Citric acid is also a disinfectant which is actually already found in many cleaning products that you can find in the store.
It is known for killing bacteria and viruses, so you can rest assured that your toilet will be squeaky clean thanks to your cleaning bomb!
You might be wondering where you’re going to find citric acid – but fear not. You can find it in any citrus fruit, most notably lemons and limes.
If you have either of these fruits in your pantry, then there’s no need for you to purchase any other products.
Dish soap is good enough for your eating utensils, so why not your toilet bowl? Using liquid dish soap is a good way of adding liquid to your cleaning bomb without using too much water.
Too much liquid in this recipe will prevent the end result from sticking together, leaving the cleaning much less fun.
Essential oils are excellent for a lot of tasks around the house. They can be healing for the mind as well as making the room smell great.
However, some are better for cleaning than others. That’s right, you can use your essential oils for cleaning your toilet!
Here is a list of the best essential oils for cleaning:
- Tea tree
- Wild orange
As you can see, there is a good range of scents in the list above, so you can choose which smell you like the best. We personally love eucalyptus and orange for our toilet bombs.
You can also mix and match essential oils in your own recipe to enhance the scent.
What Are The Best Essential Oils For Cleaning?
We have already mentioned the best essential oils for cleaning above, but what makes them the best?
If you’re not bothered about the scent of your cleaning products, you can use our guide below to help you decide which oil you should use for your toilet cleaning bombs.
Tea tree oil is an extremely strong oil, making it great for cleaning. It kills bacteria, germs, viruses, and even bugs. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral. If that doesn’t impress you, then we don’t know what will!
These great properties make tea tree an excellent essential oil to use for cleaning, especially for household items such as toilets and sinks.
Orange is a citrus fruit and is also purifying.
Of course, oranges are full of vitamin C which feature enzymes to kill bacteria. Not only will wild orange oil remove any bacteria from your toilet, but it will also prevent it from coming back.
Lavender is not only an antibacterial essential oil, but it is also great for removing odors. Lavender can eliminate unwanted smells, making it great to use in the bathroom.
Lavender is also a great scent for mindfulness and calming you down, so it’s nice to use around the house.
Lemon is often considered people’s favorite essential oil for cleaning, as the citric acid is abrasive enough to remove tough stains and scents.
Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiviral, so your toilet will be left sparkling clean along with a fresh lemon scent.
Eucalyptus not only offers a lovely scent, but it is also great to clean with. It is antimicrobial and antiseptic, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.
Okay, so the last property might not be the most effective for cleaning, but it indicates how helpful it is to have this oil around your house.
Eucalyptus oil can also be used to prevent mold and mildew, which are common issues in the bathroom.
Another refreshing scent to have in your bathroom, peppermint oil is a great option to clean with. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties make it a good option for your toilet cleaning bombs, too.
It can even be used as a pest repellent, if you’re in need of one of those.
If you’re looking for an essential oil to clean with around Christmastime, why not opt for cinnamon! This is a great essential oil for killing bacteria and viruses.
It also has deodorizing properties so that you don’t need to use a chemical-full deodorant in your home.
Another very Christmassy scent, pine oil is commonly found in store-bought household cleaners – and for good reason.
It kills germs, mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and more. It also helps to purify the air and deodorize any unwanted smells.
Of course, these are not the only essential oils that you can use to clean your home and add to your toilet cleaning bombs.
However, these are our favorite and the ones that have proven to be the most effective at killing bacteria and germs.
Lemon, pine, and tea tree are the most commonly found in store-bought cleaning products, so if you’re still lost we would opt for one of these. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, mix two together and make your own custom scent!
Toilet Cleaning Bomb Recipe
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of citric acid
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap (you won’t use all of this)
- 30 drops of essential oils of your choosing
- Molds for bath bombs
- Spray bottle
How To Make Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs
Mix your baking soda and citric acid in a bowl, making sure to combine both ingredients well so that there are no powder pockets of baking soda.
Once you’re happy that they are completely combined, add your essential oils and mix again.
Now it’s time to add the liquid dish soap. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you don’t necessarily need one.
However, we find it easier to use a spray bottle so that we don’t accidentally add too much liquid to the mixture and stop it from sticking together for the final product.
If you’re not using a spray bottle, add small drops of the soap to the bowl and mix in between additions to ensure that you don’t add too much.
Alternatively, if you are using a spray bottle, add the soap into it and spray the soap into the bowl, mixing often.
The consistency that we’re trying to achieve here is wet enough so that the powder holds together when squeezed in the palms of your hands, but not too wet that it falls apart as you open your hand.
This is harder than it sounds, so go slowly with the dish soap!
Once you’re happy that you’ve found the right consistency, it’s time to add the mixture into your molds. Press the mixture down firmly so that it sticks together nicely.
Leave your cleaning bomb to dry overnight. We know that it might be tempting to peek after a few hours, but allowing them to completely dry will avoid disappointment of a crumbling toilet cleaning bomb.
Carefully press the bombs out of the molds and place in an airtight container. You can take them as and when you need them without worrying that they’ve lost their cleaning abilities due to being left out for too long.
And that’s it! A super easy and simple way of making your own natural toilet cleaning bombs.
How Do You Use The Homemade Cleaning Bombs?
Whenever the dreaded cleaning day rolls around, using your new favorite cleaning product could not be easier. Simply drop one of the cleaning bombs into the toilet bowl and watch the magic unfold.
Okay, so the novelty might wear off after the first few times using them, so don’t feel like you have to watch it fizz every single time. We’re busy!
After a few minutes of letting the cleaning bomb work, flush the chain and admire the cleanliness of your toilet. No, it isn’t a brand-new bowl – that’s just how good these cleaning bombs are!
Remember that some toilets might need a little more attention and love, so you might need to whip out the toilet brush for an extra layer of cleaning.
For best results, we like to use these toilet cleaning bombs twice a week. However, you can use them as little or as much as necessary. That’s just one of the benefits of using natural ingredients for your cleaning products.
Furthermore, the essential oils will leave your bathroom smelling lovely and fresh. If you’re not careful, you might use them all at once!
Why Use A Toilet Cleaning Bomb?
We’ve already listed a couple of reasons why you might want to use a homemade cleaning bomb to spruce up your toilet, but there’s more to it than just the entertainment aspect.
Many cleaning products come with a list of warnings on the label, using alarming words such as ‘toxic’, ‘harmful’, and ‘chemicals’. To get the best clean, we assume that we need to use a mixture of chemicals. However, this is not always the case.
Homemade cleaning solutions are often much safer and kid-friendly than store-bought alternatives. So, if your children like to help with the cleaning, you might want to switch to safer alternatives all round anyway.
These toilet cleaning bombs are safe enough for you to eat, which can be helpful if you have inquisitive little hands that like to put everything and anything in their little mouths.
Just to be clear – we don’t recommend swapping these bombs out for your afternoon snack, but it’s peace of mind that you don’t have to rush to the emergency room if ingested.
Toxic products can let off fumes that cause headaches and other ailments that homemade cleaning products don’t. Natural ingredient products are surprisingly good at cleaning toilets, so don’t worry about wasting your time, either.
Are These Toilet Cleaning Bombs Completely Natural?
While these cleaning bombs are much more natural than cleaning products you would find at the grocery store, it is not completely natural due to the use of liquid dish soap.
Most store-bought brands of dish soap contain chemicals that cannot be considered natural.
However, if an all-natural cleaning product is important to you, there is an alternative that you can opt for. It will require a little more effort, but it might prove to be a useful tool in the long run.
Our solution is making your own natural dish soap.
This is as simple as making your own toilet cleaning bombs, so don’t be intimidated. The recipe below makes a decent amount of soap, so you’ll have natural dish soap to use for a few weeks afterwards.
Making Homemade Natural Dish Soap
- 1 ¼ cup boiling water
- ¼ cup liquid Castile soap
- ¼ Castile soap bar, grated
- 1 tablespoon washing soda
- 30 drops of essential oil, optional
Mix the grated soap bar with the boiling water until the soap has completely dissolved. Add the washing soda and stir until dissolved. Mix in the Castile liquid soap, followed by the essential oils if you’re adding them.
Allow your soap to cool slightly before using or transferring into a dish soap bottle.
You can now use this natural dish soap for washing your dishes, making homemade toilet cleaning bombs, and any other needs you might have.
Bear in mind that this natural dish soap will harden and set overtime. If it is too hard to use for washing dishes, simply add some warm water to the bottle to melt it and loosen the liquid up.
What Are The Best Molds To Use?
Bath bomb molds are the best molds to use for your toilet cleaning bombs, as they are the right shape and size for the best clean.
Bath bomb molds are typically either made of metal or silicone. We personally have found that silicone bath bomb molds are easier to use than metal alternatives.
The reason why we believe this is that the silicone molds allow you to gently push the cleaning bomb out of it.
However, if your mixture was not the perfect consistency, this pressure might cause your bomb to crumble before you even get it out of the mold.
A metal bath bomb mold is more structured and requires a little force to remove the bomb out.
You could also use soap molds or small cups to make your cleaning bomb if you don’t mind them not being the traditional spherical shape.
You could even skip the mold and just press the mixture together into a ball before you want to use it. Just make sure that you keep the mixture in an airtight container to avoid it drying out between uses.
Ultimately, the mold that you use doesn’t really matter – it’s all about what you find the easiest and most effective.
Just don’t feel like you need to purchase some super expensive bath bomb molds to get the most out of this recipe.
Can You Add Color To The Cleaning Bombs?
Yes, if you’re wanting to make your cleaning bombs a little more exciting, then you can use food coloring to brighten up the recipe. Use a few drops so as not to overpower the mixture.
Bear in mind that food coloring will make your mixture wetter, so you might want to add it to the liquid dish soap in the spray bottle.
Provided that your toilet is in good condition, food coloring should not stain the toilet bowl.
However, if you’re working with an older toilet, consider the fact of whether you’d be happy with a bright purple toilet bowl here on out.
Cleaning your toilet has never been easier – or more fun!
No, you don’t necessarily need to make toilet cleaning bombs to give your toilet a spruce up, however, if you’re looking for an unusual project to entertain yourself or your kids with, this could be it.
These cleaning bombs are made with products often found around the house, so stop reading and go and make your new favorite toilet cleaner!