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Toilet Cleaner

Natural DIY Recipe

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 tablespoon Citric Acid 
  • 2 cups water  
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum

Optional but recommended:

  • 10 drops Essential Oil

TOOLS


  • Mixing Jug 
  • Measuring Spoons 
  • Stick Blender/ Blender

MAKES


  • 500ml

INSTRUCTIONS


1.  Dissolve the Citric Acid in the water & essential oils if you are using them.
2.  Now you need to add the Xanthan gum, which can be tricky by hand (see FAQ below). The simplest way is to use an electric blender & start by creating a vortex (a whirlpool) then gently sprinkle the Xanthan Gum inside while you continue to mix. Keep blending until all the lumps are gone.
3.  Once you have reached the consistency you are after store in a pump bottle & use.

NOTES


You can re-purpose a plastic squeeze bottle or simply pour direct on the rim of the toilet seat so it drains inwards, also applying inside toilet bowl as best you can.Scrub with a toilet brush & flush.

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FAQ

What does Xanthan Gum Do?

It has a few functions but the main one is to thicken liquid solutions naturally. You will find it as a thickening agent in shampoos, conditioners, detergents & a lot of cosmetics.

Can I mix Xanthan Gum by hand?

Yes, but you will need to be extremely patient as this can take some time. You are best off mixing the xanthan gum with vegetable glycerine before adding to your mixture. This acts like a ‘roux’ (a mix corn flour & butter) used to thicken a soup, the butter helps spread the flour more evenly through the soup so there are less lumps. The glycerine works the same way with the xanthan gum however lumps still can form. So, the next step is to whisk the solution fast to create a vortex & then slowly add your glycerine gum mix. Then you need to keep whisking & whisking until lumps are gone.

What type of blender do I need?

A cheap stick blender will do the job. You could also use an upright blender, thermomix or whatever you have that will whisk fast. You don't need to have a separate blender for this & cooking, after all your making dishwashing liquid :-)

Is this safe for septic tanks?

The ingredients are mild, safe & biodegradable which should not affect the bacteria in septic tanks like harsh chemicals can.

Can I thicken Vinegar instead?

You sure can, just follow the steps to add Xanthan Gum & it will create a similar product

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