Cleaning the bathroom is kind of a drag. I’m not sure it tops anyone’s list of fun things to do. However, it doesn’t have to be toxic, too. Recently, I have found a quick, easy, and effective way to clean our toilet bowls using two ingredients: citric acid and baking soda.
Citric acid is a weak, organic acid derived from citrus fruits. It is often used as a preservative in canning. Like vinegar, it reacts with a base like baking soda to create a chemical reaction that bubbles. Unlike vinegar, you can mix it with baking soda and it won’t react until water is added. This makes it an ideal toilet bowl cleaner. You can find many recipes online for toilet fizzy bombs that mix the two dry ingredients with a bit of essential oil to form little blobs that bubble in the toilet to clean away hard mineral deposits and grime.
I made some of these and they worked pretty well. However, I wondered if I just mixed the two ingredients in a shaker container and sprinkled the mixture in the toilet bowl, would it work as well? I am happy to report that it works just as well and perhaps a little better as you can sprinkle the mixture on the sides of the toilet too. We have very hard water and the guest toilet, which is not used as often, gets a ring of minerals at the water line. Using this powder weekly has made a huge difference.
How To Make the Toilet Powder
- Simply mix equal parts baking soda and citric acid in a container.
- (Optional) Add lemon and/or lavender essential oils to make it smell lovely. They also have some antibacterial benefits.
- Place in a container. You can use any container that allows you to shake the powder out. I’ve been reusing old Lemishine bottles.
Note: You may want to wear a mask while mixing as the citric acid can irritate your throat if inhaled.
How To Use the Toilet Powder
- Flush the toilet or swish the bowl with a toilet brush to wet the sides
- Sprinkle the powder in the bowl and up the sides
- Watch as the water in the bowl foams and bubbles
- Scrub the sides with the toilet brush
- Let it sit and work its magic
- Sinks and Tubs – Sprinkle the powder on a wet surface or spray with water. Let it fizz away and wipe down with a sponge or microfiber cloth. Repeat if necessary.
- Dishwasher – Place 2 tablespoons in bottom of dishwasher. Will leave dishes sparkling.
- Washing Machine – Once per month, run an empty load and use 2 tablespoons in the detergent receptacle. It will clean out any residual soap and mineral deposits.