While there are many products marketed to freshen the air in your toilet, especially after number 2 these toxic chemical filled deodorizers are hazardous to your health. These chemicals are easily inhaled causing respiratory problems. The effects may not be immediate for some as we are more likely to be desensitized from overuse but chronic use has been linked to poor health.
In particular air fresheners with toxic chemicals are harmful for pregnant women and have been linked to birth defects, premature births and miscarriages. It can also cause severe nausea during pregnancy.
Those with asthma and other respiratory conditions are at high risk of further health problems due to these toxic chemicals. Simply put they can destroy your health regardless of being pregnant or suffering from respiratory conditions.
Here are alternative ways to tackle offensive odors in the toilet using 100% natural ingredients.
Fresh Drops Toilet Deodorizer
These are highly concentrated plant extracted liquid drops.
Simply use a few drops in the toilet before a poop and no one will know. It’s an effective natural deodorizer but only if you use it as instructed. If you feel it isn’t working shake bottle before use. Remember you must use it prior to pooping as it will not work after a smelly poop.
They are so compact you can take them on your travels or a visit to your friends or family’s home. You never know when you might need it.
Although a little pricey they can last up to 300 uses but it is worth your health to spend that little extra. Buy two for a cheaper price.
Natural Air Freshener Gels
These fresheners are a perfect replacement for the conventional air fresheners you will find at most supermarkets.
Try this easy recipe to make your own at home with simple ingredients:
You will need
Pot for boiling
Whisk or spoon for mixing
Glass jars (baby food jars can be useful for this for their size)
4 packets / envelopes of unflavored gelatine or 1-oz
2 separate cups of water (preferably distilled water)
1 tablespoon salt
Up to 20 drops essential oil
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
Initially prepare your jars by adding a few drops of food coloring of your choice into each jar.
Next add 1 teaspoon of essential oil into each jar. If you desire a stronger scent you may want to add more drops of the essential oil however 1 teaspoon is usually sufficient.
Making the gel
Boil 1 cup of water. Add the gelatine to the boiling water and whisk until dissolved.
After the gelatine dissolves, add the remaining cup of water and then the salt.
Once the salt has dissolved remove the pan from the heat and pour into the prepared jars. Pour the mixture into the jars within a few minutes of removing the pan off of the heat so that the gelatin does not set and make pouring difficult. It is advisable to wear oven gloves or use towels for your safety.
Allow the gel mixture to solidify at room temperature for 1 day. Place on a windowsill or other space in the toilet to fill the area with fresh aromas.
Natural Toilet Poo Spray
Poo sprays are handy at masking smells. Spray directly inside the toilet bowl after use. Poo sprays with natural ingredients are available to purchase in most health and online stores.
If you want to make your own here’s the recipe:
You will need
Distilled water (you can use tap water however as it contains other minerals your recipe could be affected)
2 oz (or 4 oz) spray bottle
Up to 20 drops of Essential Oils
2 tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka
Making the Poo Spray
Add the drops of essential oils and 1 (or 2) tablespoons of rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle. The number of essential oil drops and your choice of essential oil is up to you. Experiment to find combinations you like best.
Shake the bottle to mix thoroughly. Add the water to the spray bottle to the top. Shake the bottle well in order to disperse all the ingredients.
You can use this after using the toilet. Simply spray up to 5 times on the toilet bowl this is very effective to add fragrance in the air without exposing yourself to harsh chemicals found in aerosols and diminish unwanted odor.
This pourri spray can be effectively used throughout your home. It is best to use in a fine misting spray bottle such as a perfume bottle. It is best to use amber glass spray bottles as essential oils break down and become less effective when exposed to light. If you cannot locate amber glass bottle simply cover and stick with paper around the bottles to reduce exposure to light.
You can make handy labels and stick them on the bottles of homemade pourri spray as instructions for your guests.
Toilet Bath Bombs To The Rescue
You can purchase bath bombs using natural ingredients and essential oils. Deodorize and add fresh aromas that will be lingering for days afterwards.
This is also an excellent way to clean the toilet bowl. You can buy these in most health and online stores.
Make sure they contain all natural ingredients. Avoid anything that says Fragrance as this is most definitely not essential oils. If in doubt make your own with this recipe.
This is a combination of several ingredients commonly used together to make bath bombs. However these same bath bombs are effective cleaners for your toilet bowls and will leave a sparkling finish. The following recipe will make enough for four toilet bombs.
You will need
1 1/2 cups baking soda.
1/2 cup citric acid (use fine grade)
Sweet almond oil
Soap mould or ice cube tray
Wooden or non-reactive spoon
Glass or stainless steel bowl.
Making the Toilet Bath Bomb
Make a base mix by sieving the baking soda and citric acid powder into a large dry mixing bowl. It is best to do your mixing in a well-ventilated room.
In a small bowl, combine up to 40 drops of essential oils of your choice and 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Pour this mixture into the bowl containing the base mix and stir quickly with a teaspoon so things don't start fizzing.
Wearing rubber gloves continue to combine the ingredients with your fingertips so that it clumps together when compressed in your hand. It is essential you do this with your fingertips so that the liquid is distributed evenly.
Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside the mould and begin filling the mould with the mixture packing it firmly. Leave the toilet bombs in their moulds to set for at least 24 hours.
After they have set turn each mould over and bang it firmly once on a flat surface and transfer in to a container. Gently ease out the toilet bombs. To give your toilet bowl a sparkling clean you can drop a toilet bomb into the toilet where it cleans the bowl leaving a pleasant smell from the essential oils.
Activated Charcoal Deodorizer
Use a pillow filled with activated charcoal carbon to deodorize your toilet naturally. Simply hang it on a hook used on the door, window or wall.
Crack Open A Window
The best method of deodorizing the toilet is leaving the window open, if your toilet has a window otherwise the above methods should do the trick of eliminating odours.
Most poop should not smell too bad. If there is a rotten smell chances are your food is fermenting rather than digesting. Read other wellness and lifestyle tips at Natural Medicus to improve your health.
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