Picture of finished product from All You website
I love making my own beauty products and potpourri, teas and even my own mosquito repellant. This evening I tried a new DIY category, household cleansers. I saw the link to this great idea on Facebook and thought, Why not? Since I make so many other products, why not try a chemical free, great smelling, easy to make toilet cleaner and freshener?
This fizzies were so simple to make and I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup baking soda
¼ cup citric acid (or powdered produce preservative)
½ teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
30 – 40 drops of essential oil of choice
Combine baking soda and citric acid in mixing bowl, breaking up any clumps. In a small glass bowl, or glass measuring cup, mix together vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Add liquid mixture one drop at a time to dry mixture, stirring gently. Don’t add all of liquid at once or the baking soda will react in a BIG way, making a mess. I used an eye dropper and added a drop at a time around the perimeter of the bowl, mixing each time after I emptied the dropper. The drops fizzed a bit as they hit the dry mixture, but mixed in well without creating a reaction. Add essential oil of choice. Suggestions include citrus scents such as lemon or orange or florals such as lavender or lemongrass. Mix gently. Using a half teaspoon as a scoop, mold mixture into small half rounds and tap onto cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Lightly spritz rounds with 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, to form a crust, which helps the rounds stay together. Let dry at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
The baking soda and citric acid, which can be purchased at a health food store, combine to form a natural cleaner and odor eliminator. The vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are powerful cleansers. I was out of regular vinegar so I substituted apple cider vinegar instead. And I chose lemon essential oil, for a light clean scent. I added 40 drops. The mixture should clump together when pressed with a spoon. Using a half teaspoon as a mold, I found it easiest to fill the spoon, press it against the side of the bowl, compressing the mixture and leveling off the spoon, and then tap the spoon sharply on the cookie sheet. The half circles popped right out. The recipe made 48 fizzies. Store in an airtight container, on the back of the toilet or near the toilet. Drop a fizzie occasionally into the toilet, after flushing, to keep it clean and fresh smelling.
My fizzies are drying in the kitchen, which smells lemony fresh. I’ll test this product and perhaps next time try lavender essential oil. This was a fun and simple adventure that I feel good about. And when have I ever said that about cleaning supplies?