DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder


No one really enjoys cleaning the toilet. I know I don’t. It’s even more fun when men or boys live in your home. You probably know what I’m talking about so I will just leave it at that. In any case, I cant stand the harsh commercial cleaners available on the market. They often contain bleach and I have a low tolerance for the way bleach smells. I have tried many things over the years in order to clean my toilet and this mixture that I made is one of the most effective and greatest smelling ones I have made so far. Plus, who doesn’t love a little fizzing in their life? This may even make it fun for your kids to clean the toilet. Probably not, but one can hope.

DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder- This easy to make DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder will get your toilet sparkling clean and take just 5 minutes to make!

DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder

This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of cleaner and I find this amount is enough for 2-3 months with weekly cleanings of two bathrooms. I like to also rinse after using it with Listerine (yes, the classic brown kind!) to really disinfect and shine my bowl. It’s not necessary, because lavender has some antibacterial properties, but I have been doing it for years, so it’s just kind of habit now.

To make DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder you will need:

1 1/2 Cups Baking Soda

1/3 Cup Citric Acid

10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil


Place the baking soda into a medium sized bowl. On one half, place the essential oils. On the other half, put your citric acid. It is important that you not drop your essential oils on top of your citric acid or you will activate the fizzing and ruin your batch. You can also just mix the citric acid in well before you add the essential oils but that can still be hard to make sure you don’t get it wet.

With a fork, mix the essential oils into the baking soda side and then incorporate it all together. Place your mixture into a moisture-proof container. I recommend not storing it in the bathroom because of the moisture in the air. Label it so no one uses it for anything else and keep out of reach of pets and kids.

To use, simply use a teaspoon and scoop out 1-2 spoonfuls and drop into your toilet. Scrub it around and flush.



48 Replies to “DIY Fizzing Peppermint Toilet Powder”

  1. Where do you buy the citric acid at?

    1. Hi Janet! If you click on the link in the ingredients list, there is a way to buy it on Amazon through my affiliate link. If you don’t wish to do that, you can often find it at natural specialty stores in the bulk section. I have also heard of folks finding it in the canning supplies section of stores.

      1. Oh my goodness this has got to be the best recipe I’ve ever done and tried!!!! Spot on! I just tried the recipe this morning for my toilet bowl and decided I’d try in my hand basin and bathroom and it’s shining OMG!

    2. Pamela Gagliardi says: Reply

      They have it at Walmart with the Mason jars and canning supplies.

      1. Maudlyn Howell-Nwaogwugwu says: Reply

        Yep, walmart. That’s where I got mine.

    3. Kathryn Chamberlain says: Reply

      I buy mine at Sprouts. They sell it by the pound there. Really inexpensive.

  2. Is this safe for septic tanks?

    1. Hi Carol, Baking soda is actually great for septic tanks as it can help with clogs. Citric acid is also safe, from what I understand and can look up, but if you have questions, I would check with a septic tank specialist as I cannot specifically advise.

  3. You can also find citric acid in the baking section of walmart!

  4. Can I just mix the baking soda and citric acid. And put a drop of essential oil in as it’s fizzing? I love this idea. Thanx

    1. You could, but it might not be as powerful or scented. The oil will tend to just sit on the surface of the water if you do it this way, whereas with the mixture, it gets kind of pushed around.

  5. Can you replace lavender for tea tree oil?

    1. You absolutely can, Millie!

  6. do you need the oil

    1. The essential oil isn’t absolutely necessary, but you also won’t get the nice scent and some of the disinfecting aspects of it.

  7. Netrea Brown says: Reply

    Why not mix the EO and baking soda together then incorporate the citric acid?

    1. when I tried doing it that way, I got some fizzing with my first batch in the bowl. That’s why I decided to do it this way. 🙂

  8. Can this go in dishwasher?

    1. I have never used it in my dishwasher so I can’t really say yes or no. I would ask the manufacturer of your machine.

  9. Christine,, you are a genius and wonderful also. Thanks!

    1. Well, thank you Mindy! 🙂

  10. Will this work in the bathtub?

    1. Hi Leeann, You can use this in the bathtub to clean, sure. I wouldn’t recommend it to bath in as peppermint can be harsh on the skin for some people. For cleaning your bathtub, though, I would recommend my softscrub, too.

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  12. lemon EO’s are great for dishwater and dishwasher. it is great cleaning and smells great too.

  13. Mark Sweeney says: Reply

    Great post and listed tips are wonderfully described.

  14. Oh my goodness I love this idea!!! I can’t stand chemical cleaners and have recently switched almost everything I clean with but I hadn’t found something to clean toilets. I can’t wait to try this – thank you!!!

  15. Great recipe! Definitely going to add this to my arsenal of natural cleaning products. Fizzing tabs and I just do not get along in the making process! lol Have you tried Thieves essential oil? It also has great antiseptic properties and may save you the step and cost of the Listerine!

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  17. Nancy Koeman says: Reply

    Think this would be okay for black water tanks in trailers???

    1. Hi Nancy, I wouldn’t recommend it as I have no experience with that. Hopefully someone who does will chime in.

  18. How can I avoid the hardened mixtures?

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  21. Is citric acid necessary? Or can I forgo using it & just do baking soda and oils?

    1. It won’t fizz if you don’t put it in there. Also it is part of the cleaning and freshening of the products. So, not necessary, but won’t work as its intended to. 🙂

  22. Where do you buy citric acid?

    1. Hi Carolyn, you can get this on Amazon or from many grocery stores in the canning supplies section. It can also be bought in bulk at natural foods stores. Hope that helps!

  23. Thank you for a recipe that doesn’t require making little blocks that are too much work for no reason. I like to just scoop it out personally. I plan on using the little scoops from my bone broth packages when they are done. Question, if you use a screw-on lid for the container, will it be ok to store in the bathroom?

    1. Hi Jean, yes, it will be OK as log as it’s used up fairly quickly. This amount I made in this recipe should be enough if used up in a month or two.

  24. I was wondering if lemon juice would work as well as citric acid.

    1. Adding lemon juice to this will not have the same effect. The citric acid is what makes it fizz. So, if you don’t add that, you son’t get the effect, unfortunately. Lemon juice will be great to make it smell lovely, though 🙂

  25. Hi, is this safe to store in a glass container?

    1. Yes, absolutely. Just make sure you have a tight fitting lid.

  26. Can you substitute Lemon oil for Lavender? I’m allergic to lavender.

    1. Yes, I think that would be a wonderful substitute!

  27. Hi, I mistakenly stored it in plastic container and as well kept in bathroom. Due to this it has got harden. What are my options?

    1. If it is hardened, unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to loosen it again. You can still use it by just digging a bit out and dropping it in your toilet, though 🙂

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