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Why do we care about DIY projects at Heifer International? Because doing-it-yourself usually means creatively using resources to solve problems in more sustainable, less wasteful ways. Projects like this may seem insignificant, but every little bit helps. The best news is, if you want to do more, there are so many ways

Ah, the holiday season. That time of year when we all start invading each other's spaces. Personal space. Home space. Bathroom space.

Hosting visitors is all about making guests feel comfortable, and you can make your home bathroom the most pleasant bathroom experience possible for your visiting friends and family with these homemade toilet bombs. Ease the pain of shared bathroom anxiety! 

So fresh! So clean!

Here's what you need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oil of your choice
  • sheet pan
  • parchment paper
  • measuring spoons
  • spray bottle (optional)

Here's what you do:
  1. Add citric acid to baking soda in a mixing bowl and stir.
  2. Mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a small glass, then add very slowly (drop by drop) to the baking soda mix.
  3. Add essential oil, mix. 
  4. Use a one-quarter teaspoon to scoop and mold the mixture into small half rounds and then tap onto a parchment-covered sheet pan.
  5. It helps them keep their shape if you spritz the rounds with equal parts vinegar and water.
  6. Let dry overnight.
  7. This wouldn't be a complete DIY project if we didn't use a mason jar. Store them in a sealable jar and make sure you lable it so no one confuses them for mints or something. Toilet bombs are for toilets to eat, not humans.
  8. Drop one in the toilet bowl after flushing. 

One less thing to worry about this holiday season, right? I yoinked the tutorial from, so be sure to click over for more details and pictures! 


Molly Fincher

Molly writes stuff for Heifer International's website, magazine and blog.