I have a quick and inexpensive DIY for you! I saw this recipe and tutorial on Pretty Providence and knew I wanted to try it. Once you get all the ingredients, these cost cents to make a batch, and are whipped up in just a few minutes of hands on time. Below is my experience, and some tips.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid (sometimes can be under the name ‘Sour Salt’, or “lemon salt”. I ended up finding mine at a local Armenian store, as the grocery stores near me did not carry it. Some grocery stores carry it, or Amazon is always a good bet).
- 1/2 tsp vinegar (white)
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 15 to 20 drops your choice of essential oil (lavender, rosemary or peppermint. I like peppermint for it’s strong, fresh scent).
- silicone candy molds. You can also hand shape into little discs, or use mini muffin tins, but make sure to line the tins with paper cupcake holders. These pods dry hard, and it is very difficult to get them out of hard molds. I learned through experience.
Add baking soda to a mixing bowl and break up clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates odors, making it the perfect base for the fizzies. Add the citric acid (see my notes above) and stir. The citric acid is what adds the fizz to these cleaners.
In a small glass bowl, mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which will work together to help clean your toilet. Now SLOWLY drop by drop, add vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add it all at once, you’ll have a big mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!
Now add the essential oil and gently mix. This is just for scent, so you can choose any scent you like. I used peppermint.
Use a half teaspoon to scoop the mixture into your candy molds, and press in gently with your fingers. You don’t want to fill them completely full, because this will expand. They really do puff up, it’s fun to watch. Let dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Place the pods in glass jar and keep them sealed near your toilet. (I just used the open bowl for photo’s sake 😉 Make sure you label them and keep them out of reach of children, as with any cleaning supplies, natural or not. Whenever your toilet needs a little freshening, just drop one of these in!
Photos of my process below.
Done, and ready to freshen! With a little bit of fizzing action to boot 😉