Poo-Pourri. Poo-fume. Number 2 Spray. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you probably think I sound ridiculous right now. Let me fill you in. Whatever you’d like to call this magical potion, it’s used in the bathroom to trap smells in the toilet so that you can do your business without stinking out anyone close by.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it. I remember the first time I had heard of it, I was in Bed Bath and Beyond and they had a little set up on the end of an aisle.
They had a little tv playing an ad with bottles all around. I probably watched that 30 second ad about 6 times thinking hooowww?? It just seemed pure genius to me. I almost bought my first Poo-Pourri right then and there.
Although the idea seems genius, it’s actually quite simple. The mixture in the spray bottle contains oils, oil and water don’t mix, with oil tending to want to sit on top, therefore, when it’s sprayed in the toilet, the oils create a film that doesn’t allow smells to escape.
It’s so simple I can’t believe nobody has thought of this sooner!
And fortunately, it’s so simple it can easily be made at home! If you already have a bit of an essential oils collection (or like, one bottle) this recipe can be made for just a few bucks.
I figured this was the perfect time to share this homemade project with Christmas right around the corner. Now your guests might feel a little less embarrassed if all that turkey and mashed potatoes has made them need to “go”.
** Find Recipe Card at the end of the post**
You Will Need:
2 oz Glass Bottle
2 oz Distilled Water
*Always use distilled water when you can in DIY projects, tap water can contain substances that can cause bacteria to grow. Boiled water is ok if you plan to use it up right away, but distilled is preferred.
1. Add essential oils to bottle. You can use any oils you like, I used Purify and Lemon for their antibacterial and purifying properties.
Make sure you use a glass bottle when dealing with essential oils, they can eat at plastic making them go bad quickly. Also, a tinted bottle is preferred as it shelters them from sunlight which can damage the oils (although I’m not sure that there will be much sunlight where this is used!).
2. Use funnel to pour in water. Fill the rest of the 2 oz bottle with water, the essential oils have taken up some room so it will be less than 2 oz so make sure you pay attention when pouring!
3. Shake, shake, shake! Your final step is to shake that bottle. Water and oil don’t mix, but shaking it up will combine them so that when it’s sprayed the oils will come through.
1. Shake the bottle vigorously
2. Spray 4-5 times in the bowl of the toilet before you “go”
This seems to work quite well in my house, no complaints here! I’m feeling like it’s something I’d like to make for my second bathroom as well, more really is more in my books!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!
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- 2 oz Glass Bottle
- 60 drops Essential Oils (30 Lemon and 30 Purify)
- 2 oz Distilled Water
- Add the essential oils to the 2 oz bottle
- Use funnel to fill the rest of the way with distilled water
- Shake to combine before misting into toilet
- Shake before each use
- Use about 5-6 sprays before use
- Spray into toilet bowl before you "go" to disguise the smell!
- Make sure you use a glass bottle when dealing with essential oils, they can eat at plastic making them go bad quickly. Also, a tinted bottle is preferred as it shelters them from sunlight which can damage the oils (although I’m not sure that there will be much sunlight where this is used!).