These are much like bath bombs and can be used for toilets, garbage disposals, microwaves,toilets, pots, pans, sinks, baking sheets, and even dish washers. They differ from bath bombs because they do not have salt or moisturizing oils added. They also might sting a little if used in the bath due to the higher concentration of citric acid. If you use Kool Aid instead of citric acid, they may also stain skin. Please use gloves when using them to clean pans or sinks.
- Large Plastic mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- 1 cup measure
- 1 tablespoon measure
- Small glass bowl
- Large dinner plate
- 2 cups baking soda
- 2 tablespoons citric acid (or equal amount of non-sweetened Kool Aid)
- 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (I used Lavender)
- 1 tablespoon 70% or higher proof alcohol
- In the large bowl, mix together the baking soda and the citric acid or Kool Aid.
- In the small bowl, mix together the hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and soap.
- Slowly drizzle the liquid over the baking soda mixture while stirring to avoid any fizzing.
- Work quickly to shape the mixture into the rounded tablespoon measure and gently tap the measuring spoon onto the plate so the bombs drop out.
- Set the plate in the oven and turn it to the “warm” setting, then leave them there for about an hour or until they feel hard and dry to the touch and can easily be picked up.
- This mixture should make 27 tablespoons of bombs or 27 bombs. Each bomb is enough for one dishwasher load, to clean one sink, one toilet, or scrub one or two pans.
- When the bombs are dried enough to pick them up without crumbling, gently move them to a glass jar that seals and store, tightly sealed. These should keep for about six months, but I rarely keep them around that long!
Why These Ingredients?
- Baking Soda is one of the very best all-purpose cleaners, but you can substitute up to half the amount with washing soda for different cleaning results.
- Citric acid is a fantastic replacement for bleach and other harsh chemicals; it does twice the job with half the effort!
- Hydrogen peroxide is an all around de-greaser, deodorizer, and disinfectant. It also scrubs and whitens in different ways than the baking soda or citric acid.
- The alcohol is to help them dry out faster and hold together better with less reactive liquid. In other words, it wont fizz as much when molding and will dry for storage much faster.
- The soap is a great organic cleaner, disinfectant, and has a delicious scent. You can choose from a wide range of plant-based scents with this company’s soap products, and the scents come from essential oils!
Successfully making these bombs depends heavily on the humidity levels of the home and the temperature of the room. More humidity and you’ll need less liquid ingredients; more heat and they may dry out or fall apart faster. Take into account the environment when you make these cleaning tabs. If it doesn’t work the first time, it may just need a change in humidity or room temperature!