When we talk about being sustainable in everyday life and in the household, it is all about doing it without unnecessary chemical pellets and plastic. Cleaning is also environmentally friendly and even grandma knew that there are good, natural home remedies for cleaning and that we don't have to resort to the chemical club for every stain. In the service of sustainability, today, we give you an easy DIY for a plastic-free toilet cleaner made from baking soda and citric acid. The toilet tabs are natural, vegan cleaners for your toilet that you can make yourself quickly and, above all, very inexpensively.
The backs of the (plastic!) packaging of many household cleaners make it clear:
Toxic - Corrosive - Highly flammable - Harmful - the symbols speak for themselves.
Why, despite the warnings on cleaning products, do we reach for the chemical bombs that could harm the environment and our health?
It's simple: low price and powerful effect.
Can't it be better? More sustainable? More environmentally friendly? More natural?
Yes, it can!
The homemade, natural cleaners for kitchens, bathrooms, and floors do not require any chemical additives, are quick to produce, and are incredibly cost-effective with their few ingredients.
Make your toilet cleaner from baking soda.
Strictly speaking, you need exactly three ingredients for natural toilet cleaners: Water, baking soda and citric acid.
For a particularly fresh scent, you can also add a few drops of essential oil. But please be very sparing here, because even these are not necessarily healthy for our environment in larger quantities.
Essential oil does not contribute to the cleaning effect but only to the fresh scent.
For 15 tabs you need:
- 300gr baking soda
- 120gr citric acid powder
- 3 teaspoons water (per 100gr baking soda 1 teaspoon!!!)
- 6 drops of essential oil (Lemon)
- a bowl for mixing
- a whisk or similar mixing tool
- a kitchen scale or a measuring cup with grams
- silicone molds or an ice cream scoop
- a tray to harden the tabs.
Note: It is important that you follow the quantities and the order. For an optimal result and the right consistency of your mixture, it is important that you follow the instructions.
First, weigh out the 300 grams of baking soda and place it in your bowl.
Then add three teaspoons of water to the bicarbonate of soda and mix until you get a kind of wet "sand".
Note: You only need one teaspoon of water per 100gr of baking soda. If you want to make more or less tabs, you have to adjust the amount accordingly. If you use too much water, the mixture will be too pasty and difficult to process.
Now add 100 grams of citric acid powder, optionally the 5- 6 drops of essential oil, and remix the mass vigorously.
Then you can press the mixture into ramekins and lay them out on a baking sheet to harden. We used an ice cream scoop for this.
The tabs must be laid out, ready to dry, and harden for about 30 minutes. They should be really nice and firm at the end. Then you can transfer the tabs into an airtight container with a lid and store them.
We wish you a lot of fun with the DIY and your sustainability in everyday life.
We look forward to your tips, suggestions, questions, and feedback on the topic of sustainability in the home and everyday life. Maybe you have special ideas and wishes that we can share here!
You can find more articles about sustainability here in our Denttabs Blog.
Your Denttabs Team