Toilet spray is one of those things that is pretty necessary. You only have to buy it once in a blue moon, it seems the can will never end, but all of a sudden , its empty and it's peak morning usage time and everyone wants the loo or you have a guest over and the bathroom is smelling funky.
You can whip some up very easily at home It's too easy!!
There are a few reasons to make your own toilet spray. The first is they smell wayyyy better than commercial products. Using essential oils adjusted to your liking can help mask any icky smells but also make the space smell fresh and clean without smelling like cheap perfume- super sweet, artificial flowers, sunny meadow or sea breeze that doesn't smell anything like it... Essential oil mixes are much more subtle and won't make your head spin!
After doing some research (read: googling stuff) I found that quite a few of the ingredients in some popular aerosol air fresheners are actually quite toxic. A spray occasionally wont harm, but use over an extended amount of time can amplify respiratory issues and cause skin irritations especially as we tend to use so many airborne sprays in the home. There are all sorts of chemicals in brands like air wick , ambi pur and supermarket brand fresheners that are inherently hazardous such as formaldehyde, petroleum and synthetic frangrances. Have a look on the cans next time you are in the supermarket, It's weird, most won't even read with a full list of ingredients- it took some reading of company hazard reports to understand what might be inside some of these brands. Thats never a good sign!!!
I have a few easy recipes for bathroom sprays to give you an idea about how easy it is to make at home using stuff you might already have in the cupboard. It only takes a minute to mix up and you can adjust the recipe to your liking, swapping out things that you don't have handy and put in any spray container you might empty laying about. There is always one empty container lurking somewhere...
*Please keep in mind to research any ingredients you might want to use its up too you! Some essential oils may not be suitable for your families use.
**Recipes are based on the use of a 250ml spray bottle.
Lemon and eucalyptus loo cleaner and freshener
This mix is good for those who want less bottles around the loo and would like a 2-in-1 deoderiser and bowl cleaner
- 1 teaspoon Epsom salts
- 10 drops pure eucalyptus oil
- Cap full of dish soap, or castille soap
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (I use Mt. Retour oils, linked below)
- Fill your spray bottle a quarter of the way with white vinegar and the rest with water.
Sweet orange and rose loo spray
This one is floral and sweet and can be used as a general freshener for the home! Its nice as room deoderiser when you are airing out the house in the morning
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil (linked below)
- 5 drops rose geranium essential oil
- Cap full of vanilla essence or vodka*
- Place inside a small spray bottle and fill with water
*A cap of Alcohol, vanilla essence or witch hazel will help the oils disperse evenly through the bottle, you can just shake before use if you choose to use just water.
Fresh peppermint and lemongrass spray
Do you have some peppermint tea? Make a pot, pour a cup for yourself , enjoy for a moment and make some air freshener with the other cup!
In a spray bottle combine
- Cooled cup of peppermint tea
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- Cap full of witch hazel
- 5 drops lemon grass essential oil
See, it is easy huh?
Cheap, chem free and your house will smell much better. Don't forget to open up the windows and let some air in, that's the best air freshener of them all
Have fun experimenting!!
eenie greenie xx