Why Use Natural Homemade Cleaning Products
If you want to make homemade toilet fizzers then you’ve probably already decided to switch to natural homemade cleaning products for your home. And, you’ll be pleased to know that you with a few basic ingredients you can make up cleaning recipes for the whole house.
Using natural ingredients to make up your own cleaning products means that you know exactly what’s going into your products; which means you can have a greener healthier home with less toxic chemicals. If you want to find out what the most toxic cleaning products are check out this Readers Digest Blog Most Toxic Spring Cleaning Products
And, don’t forget using your own natural homemade cleaning recipes will also help reduce your plastic waste.
Homemade Toilet Fizzers
Toilet fizzers are great for popping in your loo between cleans to give it a quick freshen up.
However, contrary to popular belief the fizzing you get when it hits the water isn’t the toilet fizzer magically cleaning your loo. In fact, it’s the chemical reaction of the bicarb and citric acid neutralising each other, one’s an acid and one’s a base. The fizzing is a result of the carbon dioxide produced from the chemical reaction.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t have any cleaning power. However, they are not as effective combined as when they are used separately.
Although, don’t let that put you off as they are brilliant for freshening the loo. Once the toilet fizzer hits the water, it will start to fizz and release a fresh and clean scent from the essential oils, so they are definitely worth having to hand in your bathroom.
Ingredients You Will Need for Homemade Toilet Fizzers
- Bicarbonate of Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate NaHCO₃) pH 8 to 9 – Bicarbonate of soda is an alkaline or base substance and is very good at powering through grease and dirt, but not enough to make it corrosive. This makes it a great cleaning ingredient for all around your house.
- Citric Acid (C₆H ₈O₇) pH 2 – Citric acid occurs naturally in some fruits, but in particularly high quantities in lemons and limes. It makes a great cleaner and is very effective at removing limescale. This makes it excellent for descaling and cleaning the shower plus a lot more uses around your home.
- Essential Oils (or fresh woody herbs) – naturally occurring plant compounds that are useful for adding a lovely scent to your homemade products and are also antibacterial, just be careful not to use them neat. My favourites are lemon, tea tree, rosemary and lavender.
You can find the perfect Natural Homemade Cleaning Starter Kit in my shop, it has everything you need to start making your own Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes, including Toilet Fizzers.
How to make homemade toilet fizzers
You will need:
- Glass jar
- 100g Bicarbonate of Soda
- 45g Citric Acid
- 1 Tbsp Eco Washing Up Liquid (optional)
- 20 drops of essential oil – your choiceWater or Witch Hazel to spray to dampen
- Mix Bicarb and Citric Acid together in a bowl
- Add the eco washing up liquid, if using
- Drop in the essential oils
- Mix together with a spoon until it holds together when squeezed in your hands, spray a little water or witch hazel on if it’s too dry
- Press into a silicone mould / ice cube tray or mould in your hands and place on baking paper
- Allow to dry overnight and then store in an airtight container
- To freshen your loo just drop a bomb into the bowl and allow to fizz, leave and flush.
- Be careful not to add too much liquid as it will start the fizzing reaction prematurely!
Note: be careful if you store in an airtight container as citric acid and bicarb will start to react if it gets damp and give off carbon dioxide; that’s what makes them fizz be