Walking out of a stinky bathroom has got to be on everyone's top 5 list of cringe-worthy moments. Lighting matches or using spray aerosol are common remedies to mask the smell. Matches are great, but you can't use them in airplane bathrooms. And aerosol? Don't get me started – that stuff is poison. A new-ish product growing in popularity (which might seem like an April Fools joke) is Poo-Pouuri Before-You-Go toilet spray. It works wonders, but it's also kinda pricey. So why not make your own. A few bottles of essential oils, rubbing alcohol, and an empty spray or perfume bottle and you've already got everything you need to get started.
Still feeling skeptical? Here's how it works: The oils in the spray disperse over the water and act as a barrier, keeping the odors in the water below. Once you flush, all that's left behind is the pleasant smell from the spray.
After making a bottle of my own, I sent it to my husband's workplace at a barbershop. It was tested by a handful of manly men who were quite impressed with the results (I know what they're getting for Christmas!). I also did a little test at home in my daughter's nursery by spraying the inside of stinky diapers before I tossed them in the pail. While the spray doesn't work in the same way on diapers as it does in the toilet, it does work as a deodorizer and cuts down on the smell immensely.
If you try one DIY this year, try this one. Stock the stalls in the bathrooms at your office, toss a few in your day bag, and most importantly: have it in every bathroom in your home.
What You Need
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Essential oils (use your lower-end oils to save money)
- Spray bottle (empty perfume bottles work great, too)
1. Depending on the size of the bottle, you'll want to fill the jar just under 1/4 full with isopropyl alcohol.
2. Next, add the oil. For smaller travel size bottles (ours was .27 oz) you'll want around 20 or so drops of oil. If you're adding more than one oil, add 10 drops of each, or adjust according to the scent you like best.
For a larger perfume size bottle (3 oz or larger) add 25-30 drops of each oil, for a total of 50-60 drops.
3. After adding the oils, add water. Distilled water is great, but regular tap water will do if you don't have any on hand. Be sure to leave some room at the top so you can blend the oil and water by shaking before each use.
That's it! You just saved yourself $10 bucks by using what you already had to make a custom-scented toilet spray that will have all your regular bathroom-goers thanking you (pun-intended).
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