How to Make Homemade Cleaning Bombs

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How to Make Homemade Cleaning Bombs


Cleaning bombs produce chemical reactions that can kill germs and help to dissolve grease.  You can make your own out of a few simple ingredients, stock up, and use them as a safer alternative to similar products found in stores.  Take a look at the following steps, and see how this simple project can help you to keep things clean now as well as during or after a crisis.

Basic Ingredients

This recipe involves liquid antibacterial dish soap, some baking soda and citric acid.  However, you can do some experimentation with other cleaners such as cleansers, bleach or even vinegar.  The idea is to produce a cleaner that is safe and effective, and as long as you follow the guidelines outlined here, the possibilities are endless.

Getting Started

Pour a cup of baking soda into a large bowl and add in ¼ cup of citric acid powder.  You can also use lemon juice, but you will need some more baking soda to help the cubes firm up later.  Add in a tablespoon of your favorite antibacterial dish detergent, and mix everything together.  You want it to have the consistency of a thick, crumbly play dough or biscuit batter.  Pack the mixture into silicon ice trays and flatten off the tops so they are flush against the material. 

Allow the paste to dry overnight before turning the tray over, popping out the cubes and storing them in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.   Simply take a cube when needed and plop it into the toilet, dishwasher, bathtub or sink.  The cubes will start to fizz up and cling to dirt and grime, and this will make it easier to clean surfaces while also killing germs at the same time.

Making Your Own Detergent

You can use homemade dish detergent if you want a completely chemical-free cleaner to use.  There are a number of recipes out there to choose from, but let’s look at one that includes the basic, main ingredients that work almost as good as commercial products.

¼ cup of water

1 cup of castile soap

2 teaspoons of glycerin (vegetable is the best)

10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils (antibacterial ones if possible)

Some lemon juice or citric acid

Add the water to your container before pouring in the castile soap.  If the soap is not in liquid form, melt it in a saucepan before pouring.  Add in the glycerin and then the essential oils.  Put the cap on the bottle and give it a good shake and you’re good to go.  Feel free to play around with different proportions of glycerin and liquid in order to get a thicker or thinner finished product. 

Keep in mind that the essential oils are meant for cleansing as much as for fragrance, so choose ones that have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties for the best results.  Combine the soap with the ingredients listed above and give yourself an all-natural cleaning bomb that may be just as good as the ones you buy at the store.