Nailed It!

We all occasionally see something online, that looks really cool, mostly easy, useful – whatever. So we have to try to make it. And then it fails spectacularly.

I thought you might get a chuckle out of my latest.

I saw a post somewhere about toilet bath bombs, to do an easy cleaning of your toilet in between real cleanings. I thought that could be useful, and liked the idea of releasing a bit of fragrance into the air. My bathroom has carpet in it (SO STUPID!!) so I feel a lot of times I’m fighting a losing battle in there. Any little bit of help is appreciated.

So I googled toilet bath bombs, and found several different recipes. They all called for citric acid and baking soda, which provides the fizz. Some called for cornstarch and others for Borax. I decided to use Borax, since I thought it would have more cleaning power than cornstarch. One of them also added dish detergent, which sounded like a good idea.

So I mixed up citric acid, baking soda, and borax. And then I squeezed in about a tablespoon of Dawn, and started stirring. The foam started, but I know these things always foam a little – no biggie. Unfortunately, the foaming did not stop. For the next hour.

So next up – I mixed the powders together, and left out the dish detergent. The recipes say to spritz with water until it looks like pie crust dough, just a little crumbly. So I spritzed and stirred, and spritzed and stirred a little more. Then I reached down and felt the stuff, and it was WAY too moist – apparently looking at it is not the way to judge the moistness. And then it started to foam, and did not stop.

3rd try – I mixed the powders, and spritzed with only 2 light sprays of water. I felt the mixture, and it stayed together, so I put it into molds. I had used all my fancy molds on the first 2 batches, so I just smooshed this into measuring cups. And then it started to foam, and did not stop.

At this point, I gave up. Perhaps I’ll try it again, maybe with the cornstarch instead of borax. Maybe with Vodka instead of water. I don’t know – we’ll see.

At any rate, I needed to clean my floor any way.

Published by JoAnne

Homebody extraordinaire

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