Homemade Shower Soothers

Homemade Shower Soothers

I hate it when my kids get sick. I hate it for all the usual reasons, but I also hate it because I know it won’t be long before I get it too.  And, I can only hope that by the time I get it, the kiddos are feeling 100% again.  But 9 times out of 10, that doesn’t happen.  Most the times it results in sick Mommy taking care of sick kiddos.

The life of a mom.  Such glamour.

A few weeks ago, my middle child got sick with a nasty cold.  And it slowly went down the line.  First her, then my oldest, followed by me, and then my toddler.  Everyone except my husband got it.  Lucky duck.  

A few days before the first child started getting stuffy, I had whipped up a batch of my homemade vapor rub along with a batch of these shower soothers.  Perfect timing, huh?  Or maybe it was nature’s way of playing a joke on me.  Either way, I had my little arsenal of homemade cold fighting remedies ready for launch.

Homemade Shower Soothers

I first read about making homemade shower soothers on Pinterest, and I had to give it a shot.  I wasn’t too impressed with the original recipe though.  It was crumbly, gave off barely any scent, and evaporated in a matter of seconds.  Boo. 

I really wanted these to work, so I couldn’t just give up.  So, I tried a few different things (and a few different google searches) and came up with a final product I was really happy with. They aren’t very crumbly, the scent is perfect, and they last for my entire shower too.

The ingredient list here is pretty simple.  Baking soda, water, and a few essential oils – rosemary, eucalyptus, & lavender.  If you want yours extra strong, you could add peppermint essential oil as well – or even substitute one of the other oils for it too. You will still have tons of essential oils left over in the bottle if you’ve never used these oils before – they go a LONG way and have so many uses!

These are the exact same essential oils that I use in my homemade vicks vapor rub…. so make both! :)

Homemade Shower SoothersStir together the baking soda & water into a thick paste.  About 1 cup of baking soda to 1/3 of a cup of water. I really recommend using silicone muffin liners or a silicone muffin pan for these – or even the aluminum foil muffin liners. I tried paper ones my first try, and the paper stuck to them like crazy.  With the silicone muffin liners, they pop right out with ease.  (I’ve had my silicone muffin liners for at least 7 years now, and they are still going strong! I love them for everyday baking as well).

Fill each muffin cup halfway.  Add a few generous drops of each of the essential oils. Then fill each muffin cup up with the rest of the ‘cold batter’.

Homemade Shower Soothers

Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Let cool completely before removing them from the pan/liners.  Once cooled, add a few more generous drops of each essential oil to both the top & the bottom of the soothers.  Also, for maximum scent output, you can just store them as is – and then add the essential oil to both sides about 5 minutes before using them.

Homemade Shower Soothers

Store them in an airtight container or a ziploc bag.  When ready to use, put the disc in the bottom of the shower infront of your toes in your hot shower.  I usually set mine on my shower shelf while my shower warms up the bathroom and makes it all steamy for a few minutes, and then I put the disc in the bottom of the shower.  Somehow, I like that better.  But, I’m a tad on the weird side.  ;)

Homemade Shower Soothers

Props to my husband for standing beside the shower to take a picture of my feet & the shower soother….although he did try to cop a feel. While I was sick at that.  And he still didn’t get sick.

Next time you get the sniffles or the stuffies – make up a batch of these shower soothers – and don’t forget about my homemade vapor rub either!

Homemade Shower Soothers

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 shower soother discs

Homemade Shower Soothers

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine the baking soda & water together with a spoon. Fill a silicone muffin liner or pan halfway with the mixture. Add a few drops of each of the essential oils, and then fill the rest of the way with the baking soda mixture. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Once cooled, add a few more generous drops of each essential oil to both the top & the bottom of each disc. Or, for maximum scent power - store the discs as is, and add the essential oils to both sides shortly before using. Store the discs in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 6 months.

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Authored by: Crystal Light Faulkner
  • http://www.facebook.com/kimbrell.family Kimbrell Family

    Why isn’t the oil just mixed into the baking soda mixture?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I tried it like that…and the scent wasn’t as strong for some reason. I’m not sure why…but you’re welcome to try it if you’d like ::)

  • Pat

    Thanks a million for sharing this!! I’ve wanted something with eucalyptus in it and this will be perfect. Going to look for the vaporub now. :) I hope that everyone is feeling better!

  • Ashley

    Wow, this is a fantastic idea. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Shorty

    I am going to have to try this!

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  • Susan

    Can I just say, your muffin tins are rad!

    • amanda

      i know right!

  • Myss Tkyll

    Thanks!! An inexpensive alternative to inhalers, cough drops, etc that add up over the seasons; especially for those of us suffering from allergies. What’s the shelf life?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1270024417 Bridget Emery

    “Props to my husband for standing beside the shower to take a picture of my feet & the shower soother….although he did try to cop a feel. While I was sick at that. And he still didn’t get sick.” LOL!!! I really did laugh out loud, love your sense of humor. I am going to make some of these right now, and pass a couple on to friends and see how they work for them as well. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622611921 Emily Carter

    I’d be willing to bet that you could use different scents to make personalized (vapor) bath/shower bombs. I remember a company making citrus ones to wake you up in the morning. Would you mind experimenting with waking up, calming down, stress/tension relief, muscle aches, etc. You definitely got the clearing up one covered! Great ideas.

  • Michelle

    I will be making these in a few minutes but had to laugh and say he’s remembering his vows, is all – “in sickness and in health” ;-)

  • Aimee

    Thanks for sharing and I agree that your muffin pans are awesome! :) My shower disks were crumbly…. Any tips?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      They should be a little bit crumbly around the edges, but still hold it’s shape. Make sure you don’t put any extra water in the batter too. If it’s too wet, it will be crumbly all the way through.

  • Tonya Lynn

    Omg I was just going to do the same thing Bridget did.
    “Props to my husband for standing beside the shower to take a picture of
    my feet & the shower soother….although he did try to cop a feel.
    While I was sick at that. And he still didn’t get sick.”

    Thought that was pretty hilarious too! Boys will be boys…

    I was recently sick, wishing there was SOMETHING I could do for the shower to make me feel better. This is perfect! Thank you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Smith-Heglar/1551645885 Jennifer Smith Heglar

    Did your oven smell like the oils after you baked the discs? Did the smell transfer to other foods?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      No – neither of those happened to me.

  • Christine Lewis

    I woke up this morning feeling a bit blah and congested! I have everything but the rosemary oil…on my way to get it and make these! Is there a combination that would maybe helps with acheyness too?

  • Christine

    Grrr… I cannot locate silicone pans anywhere….can you use a regular pan??

    • Sarah

      Try Bed Bath & Beyond. That’s where I bought some silicone liners.

    • Margaret

      I used a regular pan an silicone liners :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Christine.Lewis.Terry Christine Lewis

    I just made my first batch….they are completly cooled but seem soft. Did I do something wrong?

  • Toni

    is there a mixture of oils we can try for migraines or headaches? if you know of any please let me know??

    • Linda Martin-Seng

      I use lavender, peppermint, and chamomile-seems to do the trick-even rubbing the oils (in small amounts) on the soles of your feet works!

  • Sara

    This just popped in my head after researching homemade body products for days now. So aren’t you making washing soda by baking the baking soda in the oven? Maybe it’s not turning into washing soda since you aren’t cooking it on 400 like a few sources have explained in the directions for making washing soda. What do you think?

  • Elizabeth Kaye

    Where did you buy your essential oils from. that is one thing I’m not sure where to begin looking other than online.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I get mine from Amazon as it’s the cheapest option I’ve found. You can also purchase them in local health stores or places like Whole Foods.

    • amanda

      I sell DoTerra oils. You can email me @ mandahiatt@yahoo.com and I can give you an oil list/price list

  • Cagney Scott

    How many does this recipe make??

  • mindyb

    sounds exactly like my life, thanks for letting me laugh at it! especially the cop a feel bit. SO true. =) can’t wait to try these.

  • Deserai

    Question for you….Are they supposed to be soft after then come out of the oven?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      They could be a tad soft, but will harden as they cool. However, if they are still soft after baking – it sounds like you may have added a bit much water, which can be very easy to do.

  • Shannon

    I’ve made these before with a different recipe and didn’t care for it but I LOVE your recipe for these! I just made some this morning for my son and I! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m so happy to hear that, thank you for coming back and sharing!

  • Lisa

    And my whole house smells so good while making these!

  • Linda Martin-Seng

    I diffuse eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, and clove oil in a small pan of water and grape seed oil on the stove-sometimes adding a small amount of peppermint or lavender, and we haven’t been sick in a couple of years….it keeps everything clear. If I feel stuffy, I add more eucalyptus, and breath it in over the stove….so far so good! I keep eucalyptus branches in our shower (they do this in Europe also). The scent is soothing and clears up sinuses nicely!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Great tip – thanks!!

    • Lisa

      That’s the blend for Four Thieves Oil – loaded with immune-boosting and antiseptic qualities. I use this blend every winter with soap. I love it!

  • Suzanne

    I made these last night and used one this morning. I think it really worked- my sinuses were clear during my shower! But the disk (or whatever you call it) dissolved within just a minute or two. Fine with me since they’re cheap to make and it did work to clear me up but I’m wondering why yours was only 1/3 gone and mine was gone within a very short time. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Suzanne

    Okay I might have mixed your blog up with another one that said her bath soother was only 1/3 gone by the end of her shower. But are they supposed to dissolve so fast? The other blog used basically the same recipe.

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  • Sam Fannon

    Have you ever tried making them with something other than water to hold them together? Baking soda and water mixed has a super short shelf life…I was thinking I could maybe try it with witch hazel???

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  • Jesi

    My oil floated when I made them. Maybe my cups are too big? I put some goop in, then some oil, then some more goop. 3 drops each of 3 scents, maybe too much oil? They are cooking now, so I will see what happens when I use one tomorrow.

  • Mimi

    I find adding the essential oils AFTER baking works better as the scent tends to dissipate in the baking process but the oven retains the scent which isn’t the best for other cooking. When they are baked hard just make sure to douse them fairly well with the oils of choice.

  • Susan

    The only silicone pans I had were for mini ones…would I still bake for 20mins? And if they’re all crumbly, would it be because they weren’t in the oven long enough?

  • Lisa

    What would you use to replace the rosemary if one is allergic?

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