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3 min read / 13 February 2024 / yasmin sharp

How to Make Toilet Bombs at Home

Discover how to create eco-friendly, homemade toilet bombs using simple ingredients for a cleaner, fresher bathroom.

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More and more people are starting to use homemade toilet bombs as an alternative to the chemical-based formulas used in commercial products.

The great thing about DIY toilet bombs is that you only need a few common ingredients to make them and they can clean the toilet just as effectively as commercial products, whilst also keeping the space smelling just as fresh.

We explain everything you need to know about bath bombs and have also put together a toilet bomb recipe that is quick and easy to make.

What are toilet bombs?

You probably have heard all about bath bombs, but maybe not so much about toilet bombs. Whilst they work in a similar way, they do have a completely different purpose.

Like bath bombs, toilet bombs burst and fizz when you put them into water, but the main difference is the ingredients used are designed to clean the toilet bowl, making one of the more unpleasant household chores a lot less stressful.

toilet bombs on a striped tablecloth with slices of lemons dotted around

Where do you put toilet bombs?

Toilet bombs are intended to be placed in the toilet bowl water, as this allows the ingredients to dissolve and start the cleaning process.

You should not put toilet bombs in the toilet tank, as it could damage some of the moving parts required to make the toilet function normally. 

What are the benefits of toilet bombs?

Learning how to make toilet bombs should give you more:

  • Convenience: Toilet bombs are easy to use, as you need to do is drop one into the bowl to let it work its magic.
  • Fragrance: If you infuse your toilet bomb with essential or fragrance oils (as we suggest in our toilet bomb recipe below) which deodorises the bathroom and freshens up the space.
  • Efficacy: The ingredients used in toilet bombs are designed to aid cleaning, helping to remove unpleasant stains and odours from the bowl, so it looks and smells like new.
  • Safety: Compared to traditional toilet cleaners, toilet bombs are generally considered to be safer, as you know exactly what goes into making them.

Jar of heart shaped toilet bombs on a shelf with a small green plant behind

How to make toilet bombs with essential oils

We’ve put together a toilet bomb recipe for you to try at home, which only requires a few simple ingredients.

Before you get started with your DIY toilet bombs, check that you have the following to hand:

  • ½ cup bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • Total of 30 drops of your chosen essential oils
  • Spray bottle
  • Silicone moulds

Instructions on how to make toilet bombs

  1. Place the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda into a glass bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the essential oils into the bowl and stir.
  3. Place the liquid soap into a spray bottle with water, and mist the mixture in the glass bowl. Ensure it is wet enough (but not soaked) so you can press it together with your hands.
  4. Press the mixture into the moulds and put them aside to dry overnight.
  5. Remove from the mould and leave them for another 48 hours to harden.
  6. Store in a cool, dry, dark space ready for use.

How do you use DIY toilet bombs?

As mentioned above, homemade toilet bombs should only be placed into the toilet bowl and never into the tank.

Once you pop a toilet bomb into the bowl, let it sit for a few minutes to let the ingredients fizz and start to dissolve.

When the toilet bomb has fully dissolved, simply flush the toilet and your work is done.

Not only will it help to keep the toilet clean but also (if you use essential oils) freshen up the toilet and room.

If the toilet needs a little more cleaning, use the toilet brush to give the inside a little rubdown after you have flushed.

You can add a toilet bomb as often as you need, although 1-2 a week is usually probably enough for most households.

black and white illustration of a toilet bomb

Our toilet bomb recipe should give you a much better idea of just how easy they are to make and use.

You only need a few simple ingredients, and they will be ready to use within a day or two, giving you a simple way to keep your toilet clean and refreshed.

After being dropped into the toilet, the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda will start to fizz and clean the bowl, with the essential oils deodorising the space with your favourite scent.

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