Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homemade Shower Soothers

Remember Shower Soothers?  They were made by SudaCare and were these little hockey puck things you tossed on the floor of your shower when you had a cough or cold.  The hot water would hit them and turn your shower into a humidifier box with eucalyptus oils and menthol steam cleaning out your sinuses.  I haven't seen them around for a long time and this allergy season is a doozie so I checked online.  Sure enough, you can make them!

Here are mine, all ready to go!  This is my third attempt.  There's quite a bit of info online as to the best ways to make these but the third time was the charm.  I ended up combining a few blogs' directions together to get my results but I got the best info from the most awesome and funny blog. . . Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity.   Here's the process that finally worked for me: 

You need:

Baking Soda (two pounds)
1 cup water
Eucalyptus Essential Oils

If your grocery store has a "natural" section you will probably be able to find your eucalyptus oil there.

Mix your baking soda with your water.  It will be thick and chunky.


Press together a handful and either put on to parchment paper or press into a silicone mold.  I used some muffin liners.

Put into a 350 degree oven.  Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the oven off.  Leave in the oven until the oven cools and pull out.  Remove from molds and put on a cooling rack.

Drop ten to fifteen drops of Eucalyptus oils on to the top of each cake.  Flip over and drop ten more drops on the bottom.  Place in a jar for use.

To use, put one cake on the floor of your shower and turn on.  The heat and water from the shower will start to slowly melt the cake and the eucalyptus steam will help clear your sinuses.  It'll start to disintegrate in the water slowly but by the end of your shower, it will probably be gone.  Being baking soda, it's safe for your pipes.  The more eucalyptus oil you use on the cakes, the stronger the steam will be.

If I do it again:

I am on the lookout for a cheap toaster oven at a garage sale that I can use for this project (and a few others).  I would like to mix the oils into the baking soda/water mix and then bake the entire thing but I don't want the oven to smell like eucalyptus.  It's such a strong smell, I feel like it would transfer to my baked goods the next few times I used it.

29 comments:

  1. What if you mixed in your oil to the mix and then put them in the muffin tins and bake in the sun?

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  2. I read on Frugal by Choice blog that if you bake them after adding the essential oils, the scent will disappear. Better to stick to original method.

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  3. i baked them and the scent went away

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  4. I have been using this recipe and I add my essential oils after I remove them from the oven. Works great! I am using eucalyptus and lavender and love the combination. I have also found just baking them straight in the muffin tin works well with no liner. The cupcake liner actually baked into my first batch and they didn't dissolve well in the shower.

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  5. Ok, I have tried this twice now and they dissolve (under 2 mintues) way before they can even release the oils into the steam. We have gotten nothing out of them.

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  6. Don't put them under direct stream of shower. Try putting them on sponge in the shower floor, or on the soap ledge.

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  7. I am making some of these today, but I am using the liquid steam inhalant by Kaz instead of the separate oils. I use this liquid in the vaporizer and it is great. It has camphor, eucalyptus oil, menthol, and lavender in it !

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  8. I made these today and I didn't take the muffin paper off until they cooled. So, the paper is stuck to the disks. I saw after the fact on Frugal by Choicee that you should take the paper off before they cool. So, I might just get out as much as I can and make them into balls. I added oil to one and hubby is going to try it tonight in the shower. He is horribly congested and we used to buy the shower soothers all the time, then they stopped making them.

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  9. I JUST MADE THEASE THIS WEEKEND ALSO, STILL EXPERMENTING I DID NOT USE MUFFEN LINERS AND MADE THEM SMALLER.THE FIRST BATCH WERE TO THIN SO I MADE THEM THICKER,PUTTING THE OILS ON AFTER MADE THEM SOFT AND STICKY, I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF BAKING THEM ALTHOUGH SOME OF MY MIDDLES WERE SOFT. I ALSO, LIKE THE COMMENT ABOVE WOULD LIKE TO ADD OILS FIRST, BUT DON'T WANT THAT SMELL IN MY OVEN. I LOVE THIS IDEA SO I AM GOING TO KEEP AT IT.I USED A MINI MUFFIN PAN MAYBE I WILL HAVE TO GO LARGER.
    CRICKET

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  10. I live in the middle of no where and the closest place I could get essential oils is like 45 minutes away. I do have vicks vapor rub though which contains eucalyptus oil. Could I mix that in with the baking soda instead? I am very sickly haha

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    1. I have no idea if that would work. . . if you do it, leave a comment and tell me how it was! I don't know if the shower pucks would ever truly dry out with the Vicks, though. I also don't know if it would be okay for your pipes. They might last a whole lot longer in the shower!

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    2. I Tried Making Them With Vapor Rub And The Biggest Problem I Had Was That They Left A Greasy Film On The Bottom Of My Tub. They Also Dissolved Very quickly.

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  11. Caitlin and Jennifer, This lady here uses chest rub rather than essential oils. http://www.discountqueens.com/vapor-shower-disks-ingredients/

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  12. I'm about to make these ~~ I have the vapor-steam liquid for the humidifier so I'll try that.

    And had I known people would pay $20-50 per box of the Sudacare ones, I TOTALLY would have never let my husband use them up last March!!

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  13. Today, I am making my 3rd batch. Not satisfied yet, but agree they are ESSENTIAL!! I love the fragrance! Always have. I am trying to get them
    to stay together better. Today, I will grease cups of tin BEFORE I add
    the papers. No luck with product coming out of tin when dropped into muffin pan w/out papers, or into papers already in tin. Also, they fall
    apart so easily! I am making them the size of the cup, so they are thick.
    I've added the oils to the baking soda before cooking in oven.
    Today, I am spraying cooking oil into the muffin tins holes, adding the
    papers, then dropping the product into the papers, cooking them for 20
    min. (allowing them to cool with the oven). When I get home from work I
    will add the oils. Maybe THAT will make a difference.
    Whatever works!!! these are ESSENTIAL in my "medical" family.

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  14. One thing to remember about baking soda it is an odor absorber in order to help the essential oils last longer and release when you need them, you need a carrier. I make bath fizzies and use Natrasorb (tapioca starch) to carry the oils I want in them. When I make fizzies I use 2 cups baking soda to 1 cup citric acid mix those then add in the Natrasorb with oils well mixed in and stir those until well mixed. I use a pastry cutter to mix with it works awesome. Then I spray witch hazel and mix until I get a wet sand consistency that holds together when pressed. I then press it into molds allow to air dry and store in air tight container. I have made these this way for years and they work great. I hope this helps =)

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  15. Crystal, Thanks for this information, I had decided not to try and make these after all the fails posted. You do not say how much of the Tapioca starch and essential oils you use for your 'cakes'. Will you please share that information. I need to make these for my husband... after shopping every possible source in our town... no one carries them anymore. I like that you air dry instead of baking.

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  16. I read on Frugal by Choice blog that if you bake them after adding the essential oils, the scent will disappear. Better to stick to original method. silicone bracelets cheap

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  17. what if instead of baking soda you used gelatin as the base? wouldn't this dissolve slower?

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  18. I added eucalyptus to mine before baking and the scent definitely lasted.

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  19. I used being soda and Cornstarch and didn't bake my. Just pressed it in a tin. It says together if you are gentle with it. I used vic vet am going to try eucalyptus oil next try.

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  21. To those saying they dissolve too quickly--most recipes use 1 cup baking soda plus 1/2 cup corn starch. Pure baking soda will dissolve instantly. Also, they aren't meant to have water running straight on them. Put them on the shower floor out of the spray from the shower head.

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  22. Do you know if it's safe to use these if you have a septic system?

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  23. You must have stock in baking soda and eucalyptus. Went through the process and nothing !!!!!!!!!!

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  24. We love to use the eucalyptus tablets. My son who is ADHD and Autistic showers every night and before the tablets were not on the shelve we had found a different brand with lavender it helps calm him down so now I make both batches and if he wants a bath we do Epson salt and a few drops of oils.

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  25. How are these Vicks shower disks if they have no Vicks? !! Not digging it

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  26. I baked them with the oils and they came out great. i need to figure out how to keep them together thought. maybe corn starch will help. i will try that next time.

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