If there is one room in my home that I keep spotless, it’s gotta be the bathroom. Yes, my kitchen is clean, but with kids, things get messy (or crumb-y) really quickly. But the bathroom can stay clean with a little help from everyone.
Since my kids were old enough to brush their teeth by themselves they’ve had to rinse the sink out thoroughly after they’re done, all towels get picked up, and now that they’re getting older they get the task of helping me clean the bathroom. (They’re going to learn to do it properly right from the start, unlike someone else I live with – hubby.)
What’s In Toilet Bowl Cleaner Anyhow?
Bathroom products can be full of harmful chemicals, bleach is hard on growing lungs (as evidenced by this study). And I don’t want that anywhere near my kids. I don’t want it anywhere near me either.
The chlorine in the bleach, mixed with any sort of acid, can create toxic gas (like the stuff they used in the World Wars). Bleach is a notorious irritant and corrosive: it harms your hands and any other parts of you it may come in contact with.
They contain between 10% and 50% hydrochloric acid – the stuff in your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is linked to kidney damage and irritation to your respiratory tract if inhaled.
Certain brands also contain fragrances, which can cause allergic reactions, headaches and lung irritation. They may also contain hormone disruptors.
The Natural Solution:
Knowing all of that, I set out across the internet to find my absolute favorite toilet bowl cleaner. This is what I’ve found:
• Baking Soda – ½ Cup
• Citric Acid – ½ Cup
• Corn Starch – ½ Cup
• Essential Oils (Your choice of scent, but citrus has the best cleaning qualities) – 25 Drops
• A Spray Bottle Filled with Water
• A Mold for Shaping
• Gallon Sized Zip-Top Bag
• Ziploc Baggies
Now, here’s how you actually make them:
1. In the large zip-top bag, combine all of the ingredients aside from the oils and the water and shake it up until it’s nice and mixed.
2. Open the bag up and use the spray bottle 2-3 times before closing again, then knead the mixture from outside the bag.
3. Repeat Step 2 five to seven times, releasing any excess gasses inflating the bag too much.
4. Don’t use too much water! You want the mixture to be more “doughy” than liquid, at this point you want it to seem more like pie dough.
5. Now add in the oil drops you chose and get back to kneading!
6. You’re almost finished! You should be able to pack in the mixture into the mold you chose, then let it dry for a couple days.
7. After it’s done drying in the mold, pull them out and let them dry for another two days.
8. With the drying complete you can stuff them into Ziploc bags until you’re ready to use them!