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Make your own toilet bombs

If you have already made your own dishwasher tabs then you have also already made your own toilet bombs too. It is exactly the same process! All you need to do now is drop two into your toilet and leave overnight. No more bleach needed. 

If you have not made your own dishwasher tabs, the  here is how it is done.

Recipe

  • 1 cup Bicarb soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid 
  • 1 tbs Castile soap
  • 3 or 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

You can also double or triple these quantities to make more if you like, but the above is a rough guide on proportions. 

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the Castile soap and essential oil and then mix until completely damp. The mixture will look a crumbly.

To form the tabs, you can use a baking tray lined with baking paper. A flexible ice-cube tray will work just as well. Anything that will allow you to form tabs of the right size to fit into your dishwasher.

Press the mixture firmly into the tray so that it is about 1.5cm thick. If you use a baking tray, take a metal ruler and compact the mixture down evenly, and then cut them into the right size, about 2cm by 2cm. Treat it just like the base of a slice.

Leave the tabs for about an hour and they will all be solid. Break them apart, or push out of the ice cube tray. Leave them out in the open until they are completely dry, and then store in an airtight container. 

Leave a few tabs in a lovely airtight jar next to the toilet. A eucalyptus room spray is also recommended next to the toilet, and if you leave a bottle of neat eucalyptus oil also on the toilet for the times when the toilet does not smell like it should.

All you do is flush, wait for the water to refill in the bowl, and add 4 drops of neat oil. This will spread out over the surface of the water and leave the bathroom ready for the next visitor.

Remember, if you put these 3 things:

  • A jar of toilet bombs
  • Some eucalyptus spray
  • A neat bottle of eucalyptus oil

into your bathroom, it will ensure the WC is always a pleasant place to visit. Bleach and commercial products are no longer needed. 

Cleaning shower curtains and glass screens

It doesn't really matter if you have a plastic or nylon shower curtain, it needs to be washed on a cool cycle every 2 weeks. There is no getting around this as it will always be damp and therefore a haven for mould to grow. When you wash the curtain also add a few drops of pine and lemon essential oil. The oils will help kill the mould, and will also smell super in the bathroom. 

If you have a glass screen in the shower then it is a good idea after each shower to wipe the glass with a window wiper. This will speed up the drying time of the bathroom thus reducing problematic mould growth. For a better clean just use 80/50 vinegar spray and polish clean. If the glass has a build up of limescale add some bicarb soda as a gentle scouring agent. 

Recipe

  • 80/20 vinegar spray 
  • Bicarb soda
  • Window wiper 
  • pine and lemon essential oil 

Relax in the bath with home made bubble bath bombs

If you are using the Gyre and Gymble system of caring for your home you will have all the ingredients to create a relaxing bath to soak in. 

Recipe

  • 300g bicarb soda
  • 100g citric acid
  • 15 to 20 drops of lavender oil
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Dried rose or lavender petals (optional) just to look pretty 

Mix the dry ingredients (bicarb, citric acid, and optional rose petals) in a large mixing bowl then add the essential oil mixing all the time. Very gradually add the water a few drops at a time by spraying the mixture. Move the mixture about in the bowl with your hands or spoon so that it does not fizz too much. When you can grab a handful and it stays compacted together, it will be ready to mould.

You can mould with your hands to make balls or use a scone tray or any small container, however a silicone ice tray will work the best. Leave them to dry for about half an hour and press them out of the mould. If they are still a little crumbly just leave them a few moments longer. Once you have removed them let them dry totally on the kitchen bench. You can then store them in a lovely air-tight jar once finished and display your handy work in the bathroom.

Bath bombs also make a lovely gift, but remember to add a ribbon. Nothing will say to a friend that you are thinking of them like a beautiful packet of hand made bath bubble bombs!

What is lemon essential oil and why use it to clean?

Lemon trees originated in Asia however they are now grown throughout the world from massive commercial orchards to small potted tress on terraces and in green houses.

The lemon is a small evergreen with slightly oval leaves and the flowers have a fragrant aroma. The fruit starts off green and as it ripens, slowly turns to a bright yellow. There are over 40 different types of lemon cultivated worldwide. All are very high in vitamins A, B, and C. Lemon have been used in traditional and folk remedies for many ailments over the years.

Lemon oil is extracted by a cold extraction process, and when fresh has a plain green colour that will gradually turn brown with age. It is best kept in a dark coloured bottled to preserve the oil for as long as possible. 

Lemon oil will blend well with the following oils:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Juniper
  • Other citrus oils

Uses for lemon around the home are varied, however it is a must-have for your cleaning collection. Lemon not only smells wonderfully fresh, but has a remarkable ability to cut though grease and dirt. When added to your Gyre and Gymble mix, it will definitely boost its cleaning ability. 

Recipes

  • Room spray - water and 10 drops of lemon oil
  • Dish soap - 50/50 water and Castile soap plus lemon oil and add some fresh lemon peal as a great boost.
  • Drier sheets - One slightly damp face cloth add 5 drops of lemon oil and add to your clothes drier. 
  • Room diffuser - Fill a glass bottle with sweet almond oil and add lemon oil. To boost add other citrus oils like grapefruit and lime. 
  • Floor wash - Hot water in a bucket bit of Castile soap and add 5 drops of lemon oil. 

If you like the sent of lemons and the freshness they bring to a room, then you can add a few drops to all your Gyre and Gymble cleaning products. And remember, lemon scents go particularly well in bathrooms and kitchens. 

Dusting and room spray

When dusting

When dusting we recommend using a dusting spray and damp cloth as dry dusting sends the particles up into the air and spreads the mess around the room. If you spray first then wipe clean you will have much more success.

Recipe

Method

Using Gyre and Gymble amber glass spray bottle, fill almost to the top with water and add the essential oils. It really is as easy as that.

This mixture can be used with a damp cloth to dust down any surface, or it can be sprayed about the home as a room fragrance.

Essential oils recommendations:

For the smallest room in the house

Once finished this mixture can be left in the bathroom with a 50ml bottle of 100% eucalyptus oil for those time in the bathroom when you would prefer no one to follow. If you put 3 to 4 drops of neat eucalyptus oil into the toilet bowl after flushing this will help minimise those not-for-sharing smells. The room spray can just be sprayed liberally around the room. These small touches will make the smallest room in the house more pleasant for everyone.