What Did We Do?
First we start by finding the ingredients we needed, we already had a large range of essential oils to use, bicarbonate of soda we use for cooking so we jut needed to source some citric acid granules which was easier than expected as it is widely sold and pretty cheap. As we are using so little in these the 1kg tub I got will last us a few years I bet!
We decided to add some lavender that I had sitting there from when it was pruned in early Autumn. Not necessary, but it totally does look pretty sitting in the jar and smells extra amazing when opened.
How Did We Do It?
Clayton our eldest child who was making these is 14. He is Non verbal & Autistic. He likes to do things how he likes and even though telling him to put a small amount of lavender flowers in the bottom of the moulds he put in more than I would have done. But again this is not a necessary step I just had the lavenders drying in the house already. I would love to try these out with dried flowers though, would be so pretty in the glass jars.
We used some silicon moulds we already had, but you could use ice cube trays as they didn’t really need poking out or any help at all they just slipped out. I’ve seen then even just scooped up with a spoon and moulded into a ball on a plate.
Work with what you’ve got, get creative……collect up your yoghurt pots, cut the bottom of your fizzy drink cans, use old coffee filters or cupcake cases. Look around your home and see what you can come up with if you don’t have any silicon moulds, tag me on insta if you find something creative @buildingafoodforest_scotland
What 3 Ingredients Did We Use?
1. Bicarbonate of Soda – 1 cup
2. Citric Acid – 1/4 cup
3. Essential Oils – 60 drops
You will also need:
Silicone Mould or alternative
Spray bottle with water
How Did We Do It?
NOTE: We added the Lavender to the moulds first, then added this mixture on top.
- Measure & Mix together the Bicarbonate of Soda and citric acid
- Add 60 drops of your chosen essential oils and mix.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and spray twice into your mixture & Mix
4. Repeat until around 10-12 sprays of water
and mix after every 2 sprays*
* Avoid spraying too much or it will start to fizz. Think of it as slightly dampening the mixture rather than making it wet.
5. Press the mixture into your silicone mould
firmly pressing down into all the edges.
6. Leave for 12hrs or overnight to dry out and harden
7. Turn the silicone mould over and carefully pop out your toilet bombs.
8. Pop in an airtight container
This covers Permaculture Design principle No7. Produce no waste. We aim to reduce as much as we can to produce no waste from what we are consuming. Starting by reducing.
Top 5 Reasons To Try This
1. They absorb odours and help to keep toilets cleaner between cleanings.
2. No need to worry about toxic fumes or skin-burning chemicals when you use them.
3. The Fizziness in the toilet bombs mean less scrubbing because the fizzy action powers the ingredients to help dissolve stains.
4. Less of a hassle getting out cleaning products when you can just pop one in before bed every night.
5. As always the best reason. It’s helping to cut down on plastic & chemicals in your house and these really only take 10mins to make.
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