Once upon a time, I made a few huge batches of my regular sea salt bath fizzies and postpartum bath fizzies as gifts for friends who were expecting babies.
I kept a few of the ones that broke when I removed them from the molds and was planning to use them myself. I had them in a bag by my bathtub and my one year old got into them (in true one-year old fashion). She was going through a phase of putting everything in the toilet, and these were no exception.
My first reaction was to stifle my annoyance for yet another thing being thrown in the toilet, and then I was angry that I wouldn’t get to use the bath fizzies myself.
I didn’t want to flush the toilet until they finished fizzing since I wasn’t sure that would be good for the pipes. As I stood there watching them fizz and mourning the loss of my relaxing bath, I noticed that the toilet seemed to be getting cleaner as they fizzed.
I used the toilet brush to make sure they had all dissolved and when I flushed the toilet, I was shocked how clean it was. I realized that the bath fizzies had a lot of ingredients that were naturally detoxing, and that these ingredients also worked great for detoxing and cleaning toilettes.
I played with the recipe to make it a little more potent since it wouldn’t need to be gentle enough for skin. The result was an inexpensive, easy-to-make, highly effective toilet cleaning disk. The best part? The kids love using these because they are fun, so my toilets are getting cleaned three times per week or more.
These freshen the bathroom and leave the toilet sparkling. I store them in an air-tight glass jar in the bathroom and use them as needed. I’ve found that if stored correctly, they keep for months.
Natural Toilet Cleaning
If you are still using the “call the poison center if you eat, drink, inhale or look at this wrong” type cleaners, try these instead. All of the ingredients are food grade and can be used in cooking (though I definitely wouldn’t eat them because of the concentration of baking soda and citric acid).
Note: I haven’t tried flushing the toilet before this has fully dissolved, but I would not suggest trying it (I’m thinking that kind of pressure in pipes isn’t the best idea!)
Natural Toilet Cleaning Fizzies Recipe
- 2 cups baking soda
- ⅔ cup citric acid
- essential oils (I used 30 drops each of lemon and orange)
- In a glass bowl, mix together the baking soda and citric acid in a glass bowl. I suggest wearing a mask and some latex gloves for this to protect your skin and eyes.
- Slowly mist the dry powder with water, mixing as you go. You want to barely wet the powder to get it to stick together in the mold. Literally, 1-2 sprays should be enough. Too much will cause fizzing.
- Add the essential oils and continue mixing.
- Using a ½ or 1 teaspoon measure, scoop out spoonfuls and place them on a piece of parchment paper until dry. You could also use a silicon mold for this step.
- Let the fizzies dry overnight and carefully place in an airtight container to use as needed.
More natural bath cleaning recipes here.
What do you use to clean your bathroom? Ever came up a recipe randomly like this?
Discussion (131 Comments)
Approximately how many does each recipe make? Can’t wait to try these! Thanks.
Can you give me your original bath fizzy recipe? I also need an idea for what I can color my bath fizzies with… please reply soon:)
Wow this is awesome!!! I have been looking for better cleaning alternatives. I’m just now kind of letting my products run out naturally before replacing them. I’m book marking this for later use!
Hi there, I was just wondering approximately how many this will make?
Thank you for this simple recipe. Is a mask necessary? Does combining baking soda and citric acid give out any fumes? If so, should it be made outside the house? Just making sure as I have a toddler.
Katie - Wellness Mama
No fumes, and it is probably not necessary but I always do this when mixing any kinds of powders
It’s completely unnecessary here. Citric acid and sodium bicarbonate form sodium citrate + carbon dioxide + water. Absolutely nothing that would cause any harm to a human even if it got on your skin.
Katie how much are you using for each cleaning?
Katie - Wellness Mama
I use one for each toilet…
Is your “one” one tsp or one 1/2 tsp? So excited to try these!
Great idea!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I’m looking at the picture of the fizzies beside the lemon and wondering if they’re in perspective. The fizzies look much bigger than a teaspoon. Is it possible they are the size of a tablespoon?
would these also work for dishwasher detergent?
Hi I have seen simular on another website
and yes you can also use them to wash fruit
put into dishwashers
they also clean stubborn stains in your house
say in your bath just wipe with them 😉
hope this helps
Misting the powder doesn’t make it dissolve? I definitely want to try this, since I already have most of the ingredients, but was curious about that part of the instructions. Is this something you could make a video for?
I made the postpartum ones recently for my sister and she loved them. Do you think I could just mix the baking soda, citric acid, and essential oil in an airtight jar and put a scoop in the toilet as needed?
I did this and they worked beautifully but when I pressed them into moulds and used them they hardly fizzed at all!! The next batch I make I am just keeping at the powder stage 🙂
Mine too, I’m thinking more citric less water?
Great idea 🙂 I am doing this and I have the perfect jars for each bathroom.
Katie, these sound awesome. I’m curious how many fizzies you get out of one batch. Is it just enough to fill your 24 count mold or do you get more out of it than that?
I halved this recipe and it made 23 1 tsp molds. If that helps. 🙂
Erica, Please be careful how you are storing these. Last night I had a bottle like the one in the photo but much larger literally explode. Just like a bomb. A coworker gave me a jar of handmade peppermint bath salts and put them in a large mason jar. She used the exact same ingredients as listed here, I had never opened the bottle because I don’t take baths that often, I was in my kitchen and heard an EXPLOSION in my bedroom. I thought someone had shot out my windows, Scared the crap out of me. Then I saw all the glass. The bottle of bath salts exploded, My room looked like an explosion in a Meth Lab…The bath salts turned into a snowy substance and glass blasted trough my bedroom over 15 FT. If I’d been in my room I’d be in the hospital or worse. It blow everything off my dresser. I called another coworker who also got the same gift. Her’s had exploded also a few weeks earlier but was in a cabinet. She wasn’t home at the time so didn’t know it had exploded until later that night. Really Scary. It’s the baking soda, it’s a deadly combo if not stored in a container with holes for air.
I was excited about this recipe but although it really fizzed I couldn’t see any evidence that it really cleaned any stains. Still wound up having to scrub with the toilet brush. I halved the recipe could that be why? They seemed to turn out perfectly though. I mixed in a plastic instead of glass bowl is that why they aren’t cleaning? Really fizzed up though.Many thanks for the blog!