DIY Poo Poo Bathroom Spray (Printable Labels Included)
DIY Poo Poo Bathroom Spray
I’m about to tell you about this Poo Poo Bathroom Spray that really works. We have all laughed about my previous post on the Poo-pourri bathroom spray commercials but this stuff really works! This is a copycat recipe for the poopourri spray tried and tested!
Here’s why this spray is different that any other. You spray it in the bowl before you go! The spray will create a barrier over to top of the water trapping all of the waste and odor below the barrier!!! So basically by applying a spray on top of the bowl that has oil in it is will do the same thing.
The stuff is amazing, freaking brilliant! If you have no interest in making your own spray you can always find Poopourri on Amazon here too.
This may show my age but… do you remember the Dawn dish washing commercial where they show you a greasy pan filled with water. You then put one drop of dawn soap into that dish and it spreads the grease and grim to the edges making it almost disappear. It’s basically doing the same thing without the Dawn effect. Spraying the top of the water with the spray to create that barrier you need.
Now I am sure the the Poo Pourri company has a special blend of their own but I was hard core bent on creating my own. I love essential oils and all the things we can do with them so I have a lot on hand. My experiment juices started flowing and before you know it I was testing and re-testing a concoction of my own!
This started off pretty easy. After looking on the internet to see if anyone else had done this yet I didn’t find anything that worked. Sure, there are others that claim they have a recipe but I’ve tried them all and they don’t work well enough for me. I’ve even consulted with many experts on the matter too! I learned about denatured alcohol and how it’s in most of the sprays today. Its has very low odor unlike rubbing alcohol.
“Denatured alcohol is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) that has been made unfit for human consumption by adding another chemical to it. Denaturing refers to removing a property from the alcohol (being able to drink it), not to chemically altering or decomposing it.” (Source: About.com)
After researching the ingredients I decided not to even bother with denatured alcohol at all.
It took me about 7 days to get the recipe just right. On day 7 my husband finally says IT WORKS! IT REALLY WORKS!!! He insisted I mention that it works so well there’s no need for a courtesy flush either which will save money in the long run! (Isn’t he cute?!!) My money saving demands are rubbing off on him. lol…
I’ve made all of my family test the spray themselves and finally came up with this recipe!
- 1 – 5 oz spray bottle
- 4 oz distilled water
- 25 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Orange Essential Oil
- 1 teaspoon of NOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable (I found this is a good thickening agent to help the barrier)
UPDATE: If you decide you want to use the denatured alcohol (as some have requested) you can use a a 25/75 mixture of (75%) distilled water to (25%) denatured alcohol mix in any of these recipes. (see below for other uses for denatured alcohol).. Update: Vodka works well too and is cheap!
or you can make a smaller size also:
- 1 – 2oz spray bottle (I found these at Walmart in the travel section for under a dollar) UPDATE: I am in love with these new 4 Oz Aluminum bottles from Simply Earth!
- 1.75 oz distilled water
- 15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Orange Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of NOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable (I found this is a good thickening agent to help the barrier)
You can use more essential oils based on your likes. This is the blend that I found that smells exactly like the original Poo pourri spray and works just as good! I highly encourage you to mix and match your essential oils to create a smell that is pleasant to you if you want to experiment. You will have to shake it up before using it though. I imagined if you used the denatured alcohol it may not require shaking it up but I didn’t test this.
I’ve also included two other labels 1. Stink Away Spray 2. Poop Coverup Spray
I’ve created a few printable labels that will fit on the 2 oz or 5 oz bottles. I decided to go with a glass bottle for my bathroom and a plastic bottle for the kids bathroom.
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Download your free printable labels here: Poo Poo Spray Printable Labels
Other Uses for Denatured Alcohol:
(I’m all about saving money and I would hate for you to purchase denatured alcohol without having other things to use it for)
- Latex Paint Removal (source: ehow)
- Glass and Mirrors cleaner: Use a 50/50 mix between denatured alcohol and water to create a streak free shine to your windows. It evaporates quickly!
- Ink Stain Removal: (always test a small spot first) use a damp cloth and blot the area to remove the stain.
- Hard surface cleaner: The same 50/50 mix for glass cleaner can be used on hard surfaces such as tile, wood, metal and plastic. Tip: always pour it on a towel first and never directly onto the surface). Denatured alcohol is a mild solvent that dissolves grease too! (Source: DoItYourself.com)
Hope that helps!
If you love diy essential oil uses, you will love this Homemade Shoe-pourri recipe we created! It works amazing on those stinky shoes the kids (or hubby’s) have.
Coconut oil will definitely clog the toilet over time. Pure essential oils are not of the same chemical structure as regular oils, they are actually the immune system of the plant. I don’t think they will hurt plumbing.
Hi! Love this idea! I saw someone mentioned using vodka- what is the benefit using that instead of distilled water or denatured alcohol?
Hello. Wondering if fragrance oils will also work? There are some scents that don’t come as EO’s that I’d like to try….thanks for your input. 🙂
I don’t see why not. You might have to add a few more drops to match the potency though
Thanks so much for your recipe. I change the essential oil to 25 drops each of lemon and lime essential oil. I didn’t have glycerin so left it out. It works well; I wouldn’t have figured out the ratios on my own! So glad to have stumbled upon your blog via pinterest 🙂
I followed your recipe and made this but the oil keeps rising to the top. It’s not blending well for me. Any suggestions?
Use the denatured alcohol. Alcohols emulsify oils making them miscible in water
I am going to make this this week but have been looking everywhere for the blue glass bottle in your picture. Where did you find it?
I got mine at Whole Foods in the essential oils section.
I love Whole Foods!
Try aromatools.com…lots of containers.
Amazon has all sizes in Blue, Brown or Clear in spray bottles, dropper bottles and Roller Balls.
Why does it need to be distilled water? Why not just regular tap water?
One drop of pure essential oil works just as well as (or better than) any spray you might use. I have an old bottle of essential oil that has started to smell off, so I’ve been using that in the toilet. It’s simple, easy, and a great alternate use for old essential oils that are starting to go rancid. If that seems like it would use too much oil (since essential oils are expensive), you could always dilute some in water (since that’s all that’s in the toilet anyway), and experiment to see how much you need. If you want to make a blend, again, all you really need to dilute it in is water. The thing that makes it work is the essential oil, so I don’t see a need for alcohol or glycerin.
There’s no need to specifically use denatured alcohol for anything, unless you think your kids are going to open this up and chug it. Just use vodka! Cheaper. . and has oh so many uses. The denaturing is just to keep people from drinking it to get drunk off of.
Hey can you use witch hazel and fragrance oils instead of essential oils? I await your response. Thanks.
I have not tried those Dolores. I’m not sure. I would think if they are oils, they should work the same way. I would say give it a try!
Some readers might be too young to purchase vodka.
Is there a reason you suggest using a smaller bottle when using the alcohol?
I have a room and linen spray recipe that uses a blend of distilled water and vodka and I think that would work too instead of the denatured alcohol and you might already have it.
Good Idea! Thanks!!
Could one substitute just plain old glycerine in place of the vegetable glycerine? I have a huge bottle of it. I love your recipe and am going to try it out as soon as you let me kinow about the glycerine. Thanks in advance.
I would think glycerine, no matter the type, would still do the same job. Just my thought. I would try it!
Do you have a recipe for Shoe-Pourri?
Good one! I will have to think about that one. Anyone else?
I know this post is old but I had a SERIOUS smelly problem with my favorite shoes after I wore them in sand! I tried EVERYTHING and the only thing that REALLY worked was filling some old socks with baking soda and a few drops of essential oils, tying them at the top, and placing them into the shoes for a few days. Problem is 100% gone and hasn’t come back in over 3 months! I put the sock in a jar, opened the top over the rim, and filled with cheap baking soda. Then I put in like 5 drops of essential oil, mixed it up with a wooden popsicle stick (anything not metal should do, metal can change the makeup of essential oils), and tied the sock at the ankle. Place them in the shoes and give them a few days, or however long it takes!
Yes! We actually have a post about this shoe tip! We call it shoe-pourri! Check it out here: http://www.isavea2z.com/homemade-shoe-pourri-recipe/
Hi, just an FYI, I tried the recipe using the denatured alcohol and it does still require you to shake the bottle. The oils still float to the top.
Thanks Missy! Appreciate you letting us know.
How much denatured alcohol should I add if I choose to use it?
I’ve updated the post with all the information you need on denatured alcohol! Thanks for asking!
Thanks so much! . sorry for the multiple posts but I was having trouble getting confirmation that my messages were going through
If I wanted to try this with denatured alcohol, How much should I use?
your recipe is excellent! I’m familiar with denatured alcohol and I don’t find it to be very expensive. I can buy small quantities of it at Lowes or Home Depot. I’d like to try the recipe with the denatured alcohol. Can you please tell me how much you used or would have used?
Is there anything you can use instead of Bergamont? Does it work as well if you leave it out?
I would add extra lemon and give it a try.
You can use any essential oil or mixture you like, the scent doesn’t matter so long as you like it. I don’t know if it was this post or another but even fragrance oils work if you happen to have any of those. Not perfume, fragrance oils used to scent soap and such.
Does it matter if its vegetable oil or just plain glycerin?
Glycerin is what I used.
Where do you find glycerine vegetable? I am doing this for my family’s stocking stuffers so I don’t have time to order online.
Also I read somewhere that the essential oils need to be in a dark bottle so the light does not break it down. I found black hair spray bottles at Dollar Tree and am dumping the hair spray for use later and reusing the bottles for this…another cheap alternative for dark spray bottles.
Oh man… I ordered mine on Amazon and it shipped quickly. I’m not sure about stores. I’m guessing in a health food store like Nature’s Grocers, Whole Foods or any other chain in your state. Good luck!
I need to make your recipe right away for our bathroom, thank you! Which ingredient makes the liquid look milky white, like the Poopourri’s?
I do not have any vegetable glycerin but I do have a liquid hand soap by Clearly Natural Essentials that contains vegetable glycerin. Do you think that would work….at least it can help clean the toilet too! 🙂
I would definitely try it!
I don’t have any vegetable glycerin but I do have a liquid soap that contains it. Do you think that would work …it should help to clean the toilet too!
I don’t have any vegetable glycerin but I do have liquid soap that has vegetable glycerine in it. Do you see any problem substituting that for the glycerine? Who knows, it may help clean the toilet too!
Can you say what you found out about denatured alcohol and why you decided not to use it?
Is the Glycerine help hold the oil and water together or does it still need to be shaken before use?
You guidance is appreciated.
It was the cost and the fact that it was not real easy to find caused my decision on that one. I don’t want to buy something that costs a lot and only use it for one thing. I was glad that I found something else that worked.
Thanks for posting this recipe! I have seen Poopouri on QVC. I do have a question.
Is it safe for the plumbing? I’m wondering if the oil will build up over time and clog pipes.
You know, I’ve wondered this too. I’ve used it for more than a month and I’ve not seen a ring around my toilet at all. I would think that it would stick there first if it was a problem. I think the essential oils are so minimal that it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I have more that goes down my kitchen sink from dinner! That’s just my 2¢ worth. Anyone else?
Hi, I’ve seen the Poopouri on QVC. I have a question.
Is it safe for the plumbing? I’m wondering if in time, the oil will build up and clog pipe.
Thanks for sharing the recipe, I really want to try this stuff!
I have some FCO (fractionated coconut oil)….would that work the same as the glycerine veg.?
I’m not sure but I would test it! I bet it’s close to the same.
I have a question concerning the poopoo spray. Because there is oil in it does it leave any kind ring in your toilet? I want to make some of this stuff for my Mom and I know if it does she wont use it.
Good question. I have not had any kind of oil ring in my toilet at all.