These are so easy to make and frugal too. No harsh chemicals, easy to store and keep dry in glass, natural fragrance from essential oils and are great for cleaning the toilet! You simply drop one or two in, put the lid down, leave to fizz, give a quick scrub with a brush and it’s done!
- 1 1/4 cup sodium bicarbonate
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- Small amount of water (maybe 50 mls or so) in a spray bottle to which you add the essential oils (about 30 drops)
- Silicone mould
- Bowl, spoon, fork or masher
- Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and stir together.
- Spritz lightly (2 or 3 times) with the spray bottle with water and essential oils in.
- Mix with fork or masher and keep repeating until the mixture slightly begins to clump together. (if you add too much water then the mixture will start to froth which means its too wet)
- Press into silicone molds.
- Leave to dry overnight.
- Remove the next day and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid until ready to use.
The essential oils eliminate odours naturally. I like to use lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, tea tree and peppermint! A mixture of two oils I find smells best!
A little time spent reflecting at Maltby Cenotaph this afternoon. Reading all the little crosses attached to the railings of the children’s playground on my way home was moving. Can’t even begin to imagine xxxxx C
This is a delicious, simple, wartime recipe from the ‘Good Eating’ Daily Telegraph Readers Tested Recipes, published during WW2.
It’s main ingredients are potatoes which I adore but also a I’ve topped mine with a really tasty vegan cheese which melts beautifully and adds a tangy flavour. I’m finding that Applewood Vegan is a great substitute for dairy cheese if you are watching your cholesterol levels or simply wish to avoid dairy for your own personal reasons.
- Potatoes (about 1 large potato per person)
- Cabbage/Onions (optional)
- Scrub potatoes and boil in their skins until cooked.
- Once cooked skin (or not) and cut into rather thick slices and put into buttered fireproof dish and cover lightly with grated cheese (I added some seasoning and dried herbs to top as well as some thin raw onion slices)
- Bake or place under grill until cheese is melted and slightly brown.
- Serve immediately adding salt and pepper to taste.
PS: Shred cabbage and boil in a little water, drain and add to bottom of fireproof dish under the potato slices, this will make more of a complete meal.