How to Make DIY Poo Pourri Spray with Essential Oils
DIY Poo Pourri Spray Recipe
Most people like to keep what goes on behind the bathroom door private, but that can be a bit difficult when you leave an unpleasant odor behind. Good news is you can easily stop the embarrassing smell by using this DIY poo pourri spray with essential oils!
Poo pourri spray is an ingenious creation that allows you to trap the smell underneath the water, so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing odors. All you have to do is spray the poo-pourri into the toilet bowl before you use it and it traps the unpleasant smell under the surface of the water.
Why Poo Pourri is the Best
You can spray your bathroom full of commercial air fresheners to help mask the unpleasant odors lingering in the bathroom, but that is definitely not my favorite option. These sprays often contain harmful chemicals that can cause serious health problems over time. And, most of these sprays just cover up the scent instead of eliminating it.
You could also make your own air freshener using essential oils and other natural ingredients to clean and freshen the air, but it’s not going to be super effective at removing 100% of odors. The best way to prevent the smell from entering the room altogether is by using this DIY poo pourri recipe!
Household Tips has a good recipe for how to make poo pourri spray using distilled water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils…
How to Make Poo Pourri Spray
- Find a clean 2 oz (or 4 oz) glass spray bottle, aluminum spray bottle, or high-quality plastic spray bottle.
- Combine 16 (or 32) drops of Essential Oils and 1 (or 2) tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol in a small spray bottle first.
- Shake to mix thoroughly.
- Next, add distilled water to the spray bottle, enough to almost reach the rim.
- Shake well — until you’re confident that all of the different liquids are dispersed evenly throughout.
- Optional: If you want to see the spray coverage, add a few drops of blue food coloring to the mixture too.
Lots of people find added benefit by adding a few teaspoons or tablespoons of vegetable glycerin to their spray. Since I don’t have any on hand, I’m just keeping it simple and going with what I have! Still gets the job done too!
Add Instructions to Your Bottle
If you’re going to leave a bottle of “poo spray” in your bathroom for guests, you will also want to include instructions on or near the bottle, so they know how to use it. You can use a small frame to display printed instructions and/or create a simple instruction label for the bottle.
I have some weatherproof address labels sitting around, so I used the Avery online design software to quickly create this simple label that says: “Poo Spray. Shake well. Spray 4 times into toilet bowl before you poo. Thanks.”
Customize Your DIY Poo Pourri
Experiment with the oils and see which scents you like best or customize it for the seasons and holidays. Orange and cinnamon or the On Guard blend would be nice scent combos for the Christmas season, especially if you will be having house guests. The spray will make the extra No. 2’s that come with extra people and extra food so much more pleasant for everyone. 😉
P.S. Now that you’ve dealt with the odor of poo in your bathroom, check out how to get rid of urine smell as well. Your bathroom will be smelling amazing after both of these remedies!
Poo Pourri Essential Oil Ideas:
- 8 drops lemon + 8 drops lavender
- 10 drops lemon + 6 drops peppermint
- 8 drops lavender + 5 drops lime + 3 drops spearmint
- 11 drops wild orange + 5 drops cinnamon
- 6 drops grapefruit + 5 drops bergamot + 5 drops lemongrass
- 16 drops On Guard blend
- 16 drops Purify blend
If you want to learn more about the essential oils we use and recommend read this essential oils blog post, email us at seekingwellness at fabulesslyfrugal dot com or text us at 208-907-OILS.
How to Make DIY Poo Pourri Spray with Essential Oils
- 2 oz glass spray bottle (aluminum or high quality plastic work too)
- 16 drops essential oil
- 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
- distilled water
- Combine essential oils (see blog post for scent ideas) and rubbing alcohol in a clean 2 oz spray bottle. Shake to mix thoroughly. Then add enough distilled water to fill the bottle almost to the top.
- To use: Before you poo, shake the spray bottle well. Spray 4-5 times onto the toilet bowl water surface. Do your No. 2 business. Then flush, wash hands, all as usual. Enjoy the pleasant scent of essential oils and not the smell of poo!
Double the recipe for a 4 oz bottle.
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Just curious, what is the “added benefit” of adding the vegetable glycerin?
I noticed that some recipes included it, but doesn’t seem like it is necessary to me. When I look it up online, vegetable glycerin is typically used as a humectant (keeping things moist), a surfactant, a thickener, and an emulsifier. Sometimes added to food and skin products too. Hope that helps!
I would guess the glycerin is used as an emulsifier. It binds to both water & oil so it may reduce to the need to shake bottle before you spray.
It is added so that it forms a film on the top of the water. Oil when sprayed on top of cold water also toilet bowl, will form a cover on top. This keeping the scent inside more than just making the smell. Most sprays have the white droplets in them. That is the glycerin. It is needed if you want the top quality product. So wether you have it in hand or not, get it for this. You will realize the difference.
Thank you for the helpful comment, Ginger!
The glycerine adds a barrier to the top of the water to “trap” the stink under. So the spray doesn’t just mask the smell, it literally stops it from escaping once it hits the water 😉
How would you suggest making this spray UNSCENTED?
Hmm, I wonder how a little fractionated coconut oil would do?
Could I use a tablespoon of witch hazel instead of rubbing alcohol (as I have that in the cupboard)
I don’t see why not! Let us know how it goes!
I notice that all diy recipes for poo spray contain essential oils. Is there a reason why fragrance oils are never used? Is it the desire for “all natural” ?
I think it is because “Essential Oils” are all the rage. My experience in using a fragrance oil is that it works just as well and saves a bundle.
Is there a recipe for making a large amount of this? Like enough to fill 10 to 12 4oz bottles?
Could you please recommend a blend that is more cinnamon. I see that you have given a Wild Orange and a Cinnamon blend but do you know any blends where Cinnamon smell would be more powerful?
Hi Vivian, I would recommend increasing the drops of cinnamon and decreasing the orange, until you reach a balance you like.
Is there a substitute for the glycerin?
You can omit the glycerine completely, or you can try vegetable oil in its place.
I tried the recipe with peppermint and noticed that it was not a good combo if some accidentally gets on the seat. I’m going to try with out and see if there are any complaints. I made it for my place of employment so there could have been some misuse.
Other than online where at in the store can you find the vegetable glycerin?
Hi Sherie, you can snag it at Michael’s https://brandcycle.shop/ulu9q or probably a local craft store that has cake supplies. Hope this helps!
So not use Vegetable Oil! Over time it gunks up your pipes. It may not seem like much, but with all the other things going through your pipes it compounds the impending stoppage.
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