DIY Shower Steamers: Fun and Easy Way To Level Up Your Bath Routine

Over the past few weeks, we have been pretty sick at home and trying to fight cold, sinus, and cough with natural methods. I don’t really like doing vapors so my fiance, Iasmina, (@lajatattoo) and I found this great alternative to relieve the symptoms. It’s called shower steamers.

Not everyone has a bathtub, so making these shower steamers is the perfect trick for those who want to have their own spa aromatherapy in their bathroom and shower. You can get creative and add your favorite oils and herbs but today, I’ll share the exact recipe of how we did it. Also, we usually hang an eucalyptus stem in the shower!

3 DIY shower steamer bombs

How To Create DIY Shower Steamers

Prepare the following materials and ingredients:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of citric acid
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 60 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina powder
  • Dry Lavender flowers
  • 1 spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  1. Hang the lavender until dry and separate the flowers
  2. In a large bowl, add 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of citric acid, and 1/2 cup of cornstarch. These ingredients form the base of your shower steamers.
  3. Add 60 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the mixture, stirring thoroughly to ensure even distribution
  4. Wear disposable gloves and mix them by hand
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina powder and spray with alcohol. This will act as a binding agent, helping all the dry ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils stick together. This allows you to mold the mixture into the desired shape and ensures the steamer holds its form during drying
  6. Squeeze to check moisture
  7. Add the dried lavender to your moulds and top up with your mixtures
  8. Gently pat down and let sit for 24 hours depending on the humidity in your home. Once dry, gently remove them from the mold

NOTE: make sure it gets to a pretty moist consistency when you work the mixture.

DIY shower steamer bomb inside the bathroom

Using Your Shower Steamers

To use your DIY shower steamers, place one on the shower floor away from the direct stream of water. As the water hits the steamer, it will fizz and release the aromatic essential oils, transforming your shower into a rejuvenating, spa-like experience.

Benefits of DIY Shower Steamers

  • Natural Aromatherapy: Essential oils are the key ingredient in shower steamers. They provide a range of benefits, from stress relief to invigoration. Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint are popular choices, each offering unique therapeutic properties. Growing your own herbs and flowers to distill these oils can add a personal touch to your steamers.
  • Chemical-Free: Store-bought shower steamers may include synthetic perfumes and chemicals. Making your own gives you complete control over what goes into them, resulting in a natural and safe product. This is especially useful for people with sensitive skin or allergies.
  • Cost-Effective: DIY shower steamers are surprisingly affordable. The components are affordable and frequently found in your kitchen or yard. With a few simple steps, you can create batches of steamers for a fraction of the price of commercial ones.
  • Eco-Friendly: Making your own shower steamers avoids the need for plastic packaging and transportation emissions that come with store-bought items. Using natural materials from your garden reduces your environmental footprint even further.

DIY shower steamers are a simple yet wonderful method to improve your regular shower routine. Making your own allows you to reap the benefits of natural ingredients, personalized smells, and a touch of garden-inspired experience. So, the next time you’re surrounded by your growing plants, remember that a few of those gorgeous herbs and flowers can be used to create a spa-like experience in your own house.

Happy growing!

Alessandro Vitale aka Spicy Moustache holding 3 shower steamer bombs