DIY Zero Waste Toilet Bowl Fizzies

I can admit it, I hate cleaning. My hygiene has not always been top notch for two reasons. One – I can think of a billion things I would rather do before clean my toilet, so I usually do those instead. Two – I refuse to buy harsh toxic cleaners for my home.

Therefore, the bulk of this cleaning has been left to my fiance. Recently, I caught her cleaning our toilet with some left over Clorox that our landlord left in our apartment when we moved in. With internal screaming, I knew I had to do something.

These fizzies only require 3 ingredients with 1 optional ingredient and are completely toxin free.


1½ cups Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
1 Orange, Zested (optional)
40 drops Orange Essential Oil
1-2 tsp. water

* You will also need a mold. I used a metal one I got from the thrift store but it was a bit difficult to get the fizzies out afterwards. I would recommend getting a silicon mold.


Also, keep in mind that you can purchase Baking Soda and Citric Acid in bulk at some stores. In Austin, Texas, this includes stores such as in.gredients, HEB, and Whole Foods. Just snag some of these reusable produce bags and head to the store.



1.) Combine Baking Soda and Citric Acid in a bowl.

2.) Add the Orange Zest and Essential Oil then stir to combine completely.



3.) Add water by droplets at a time. (I personally added water by dipping my fingers into a glass and dripping the water in little by little. You may also use a spray bottle.) You need to be sure not to pour all of the water in at once because this will make the mixture react.)

4.) Press the mixture into your molding of choice.

5.) Let the fizzies sit over night before removing from the mold.

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Get to Fizzing

Use 1 or 2 tablets in your toilet at a time. Drop them in and let sit for 5 minutes. Use a bamboo toilet brush and the mixture to clean your toilet.



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  1. I have been slacking currently due to not knowing how to go about cleaning the toilets without the cheap tablets I used to get! So glad you posted this, can’t wait to get them made and use them!

    Thanks so much!
    – Rayanne (WI)

  2. I just prepared mine and they started to grow puffy within the molds. Is that normal? Did I add too much water?

  3. I love these! Can’t wait to make them. My plastic toilet brush is about to expire and I want to replace it with a natural one, I saw the one you recommend and I have a question about it. What do you use for a stand or where do you keep your toilet brush? ❤

  4. Why is the orange zest optional? Is it just for smell or does it help clean? Just wondering, debating on using it or not. Thanks!

  5. Love this recipe, I’m miserable at cleaning my sinks and toilet now that I have my own apartment. I think this will make it more fun- and I feel less unsafe because I can avoid the exposure and unpleasant fumes that harsh cleaning chemicals produce. Thanks so much!

  6. Hi Shelby, Love your channel and all the tips you give! I’ve made these a couple of times now. They are so simple to make and using them means we don’t bleach our toilet any more. I do find that I need to clean the toilet more often when using these (perhaps a couple of times a week rather than once) but it’s worth it for the environmental impact. Thank you for posting your recipe and all that you do in raising awareness for important environmental issues! Kim (UK)

  7. I would love to try these but don’t have a mold and don’t want to buy one in case they might not work for me.
    Have you any suggestion for what I could use instead as a mold?

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