Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living

Krissy envisions a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humanity and the environment. Her mission is to gently guide individuals toward this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she dedicates her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 100,000 copies of her recipe books, including the award-winning “Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning,” “Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids,” and “The Lifestyle Edit.”


  1. Hi Krissy,

    I have been using bicarb and citric acid to clean my toilet bowl for quite a while. Admittedly not the same ratio as your recipe. Mine always goes hard. I was wondering if it is the essential oil and should I leave it out and just put a few drops in the bowl when I sprinkle the powder in. I use a sealed container, so shouldn’t be exposure to the air. Have you had this happen to you and if so what are your suggestions please?

    • Hi Dawn, any moisture at all and this mixture will go hard. It depends on your climate. You might be better off just mixing as you need it 🙂

      • OK, thankyou. I live in North Queensland where it is quite humid and hot for most of the year, so I will just mix as I need it.

  2. Having problems with both toilet and shower. Only ever used natural products. Finally could not stand the stain in the toilet and for the last week been pouring in bleach. Hate to use it because we are in country and have septic. Going to try this tomorrow. Can any one tell me where I can buy Citric acid in a large quantity. Only seen little container of it in the supermarket. Thanks

  3. I use this recipe of Krissys all the time, in fact for a couple of years now. The recipe is AMAZING & so SIMPLE. Thank you Krissy for sharing your knowledge & inspiration!

  4. Love this recipe..going into the depths of the shower/ bathroom tomorrow to make it shine..I did a little mums class yesterday and made your sunscreen, baby wipes/ cleaning wipes using different oils..nappy cream and a lip balm for the mum’s xx

    • I love how easy this is to make, and it cleans my toilet and shower beautifully, without all the toxins.

  5. Thanks to this recipe my kids love to help me clean the toilet also. We make fizzies with the bicarb and citric acid and it works wonders.

  6. It really works! The best way to clean those toilets 🙂 Even better is the kids asking if they can make that cleaning paste for you 🙂 🙂

  7. This has got to be hands down my favourite diy. My kids love seeing the citric acid react in our toilet bowl. Love the no nasties and my kids actually want to help me clean.

  8. Cleaning the shower without the nasties is one of my favourite recipes. No longer do I need bleach in my house as well as all of those other “nasty” products. Your recipes are easy to follow and most times you already have the ingredients.

  9. Thank you for this. This worked a treat in my toilets – I just thought I had a dud brush but seems I just wasn’t using good enough loo cleaner. So awesome!

  10. Would this mixture be alright to leave in thetoilet overnight? i would like to put it in before bed and scrub with brush when I get up. Is that too long to leave in the toilet?

    • I would worry that it would solidify at the bottom of the bowl. A better idea might be to pop it in before your bedtime routine, and give it a scrub and flush before jumping into bed 🙂

  11. Can you please tell me if I REALLY need essential oils in this cleaning product? Besides nice smell what influence on the end product would 30 drops of essential oil have? I just don’t want to waste my expensive oils for no reason, that’s all. Thanks for your honest opinion

  12. Oh my goodness this recipe is totally amazing. I had a terrible stain at the bottom of my toilet that I tried using so many “nasty”cleaning products to get rid of it. Tried this recipe and after years the toilet is clean again. Has to be tried to be believed

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