If you’re anything like us, you like to keep a clean, healthy home — but you’d rather not deep-clean more than once per week. Unfortunately, some parts of the home can’t wait ’til the weekend; they need a wipe-down or spritz every few days.
And with as much traffic as the family bathroom gets during the week (kids, guests, extended family), the toilet could probably use regular freshening. Our favorite way to keep the toilet clean in-between scrubs is to drop a homemade, all-natural toilet pod in the bowl.
These pods are all-natural, they smell great, and they’re even fun for the kids since they fizz in the water. Just drop one pod in the bowl, wait for it to stop fizzing, and then lightly brush the sides of the bowl. Store the extras in an airtight glass jar for next week’s “half-clean.”
Ingredients and Directions for our all-natural, homemade toilet pods
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tablespoon Sal Suds (this is a biodegradable, multi-purpose cleaner. Check it out HERE)
- 15 drops essential oil (optional, but recommended)
To make the pods, combine the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl and mix extremely well. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry mix. Hydrogen peroxide reacts strongly with baking soda (you surely remember the old science project volcanoes), which will eventually cause the fizzing action when more moisture is added via the toilet water. If you add the liquid ingredients slowly, though, they will just help the baking soda and citric acid cake into a “wet sand” consistency.
Once you have a “wet sand” mixture, pack the mixture into silicone molds of your choice (ice trays works well here, too — just make sure you clean them thoroughly afterwards). In a few hours, you’ll have dried toilet pods that are ready to use. Make sure to store them in an airtight container.