Do it Yourself Vapor Shower Disks!! Only THREE Ingredients!!

I used to love those vapor rub disks that Vicks used to make a while back. I haven’t been able to find them in years! Luckily, I came across an awesome Pin on Pinterest…Homemade Vicks Shower Disks. Her idea is fantastic! The only problem? She uses essential oils. This wouldn’t be a problem normally but I didn’t have the oils she was using. SO, I used what I had; a jar of chest rub!

Here’s your ingredient list:


The first thing you’re going to do is fill a mug with water and put it in your microwave. Heat it up so that its hot but not boiling. I did mine for two minutes.

Once your hot water is ready, take a teaspoon full of your chest rub and add it to your water.

Watch the rub melt away!

You will start smelling the vapor at this point. You can decide if you want to add a little more of the rub if you want a stronger vapor. I added another teaspoon because I made quite a big batch! Now, pour your mug of vapor water into a bowl and add your baking soda over it.

I did it the other way around at first (baking soda then water) but found that I had to keep adding more and more baking soda because I had too much water. It’s easier to add a tiny bit of water instead of tons of baking soda to get the right texture! You want your combination to turn to a paste.

Once you have a toothpaste like consistency, you can pour it into your silicone molds or your lined cupcake tins.

Now that your vapor mixture is poured. Let it sit! The Pin says to let it sit for 12-18 hours. I let mine sit for 12 and they were still a bit squishy. Try to let them sit out for the full 18. DO NOT bake these! I cannot tell you what  would happen if you heat them! Since we are using the actual vapor rub, we can’t tell how it would act if it was heated like that.

Once your disks are solid, they’re ready to use!

Simply take one into the shower with you and let it melt under the water. The shower will fill with the awesome vapors of the rub while the disk just melts away!

I can tell you I was so relaxed after smelling the vapors while making these that I actually fell asleep right after!! That might not mean anything to most of you but it’s pretty much a miracle for me! 🙂

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    Then pour vinegar down the drain after shower and wala ur pipes are clean too! 🙂

    What do you do, hold it in your hand or put it on the floor when you are in the shower? Thank you.

    how do you store these until you use them? These would make nice gifts!!

      You can store them in air tight jars once they are solid. They would make great gifts! I gave the teddy bear shaped ones to my sister-in-law when she was sick with the flu.

    I baked mine oh boy was that a mistake! I would really like a good recipe that doesn’t make them crumble :[

      Hi Stephanie! I didn’t think baking would be a good idea. That’s why I suggested against it. My disks were solid after about 24 hours of sitting out. They are usable at 18 hours but to get a rock solid disk, you really have to give them time to dry out. I promise you they will solidify after some time left out. 😉

        Thanks for the tid bit,i am trying them tonight, i had a hard time getting them out of the cupcake paper when i baked them. Do you have this problem when letting sit for 24 hrs?

    Anyone try these in the shower yet? I’m thinking of making them in mini silicone ice cube trays so there is no left over… I’d love to make these to go in the baskets for teacher gifts along with the other homemade spa goodies!

    These broke apart and crumbled after leaving them out 28 hours, then they dissolved instantly…

    How much water and baking soda did you use? I used about a 8oz mug of water and a lot of baking soda. It still didn’t get to the texture of toothpaste. I had to add some corn starch to it and still wouldn’t get tick. Hoping it will setup over time.

    I didn’t use measurement. It was literally pour and mix as you go. I do remember only filling my mug like a quarter of the way so it was probably close to 3/4 cups of water.

    Sorry I couldn’t be more exact!

    Next time try slowly adding the water to the baking soda. Dumping the baking soda into the water results in a LOT more effort needed.
    Just put a bit of baking soda in a bowl,mix a little of the water, adding more if needed until it’s a paste. If it gets too watery add more baking soda.
    This recipe did best for me if I did small batches at a time instead of all at once. Currently have mine sitting out to dry!

    Thanks for sharing your helpful tip!


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