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Bathroom Odor Obliterator

Plant Therapy DIY Christmas Project Bathroom Odor Obliterator


Having guests visit during the holidays means lots of extra people using the facilities in your home. Maintain a pleasant environment for everyone from Great Grandma to Little Johnny – who is just learning to use the restroom on his own. This spray can be used just after using the toilet to keep down unpleasant odors. I hope this helps keep the peace in your shared bathroom this holiday {and every day after…} Create a fun tag or label to inform your house guests how to use this product!  You can also try your hand at DIY Reed Diffuser, Bathroom Refresher, or these awesome Toilet Bombs!Plant Therapy DIY Christmas Project Bathroom Odor Obliterator with Grapefruit Pink, Orange Sweet, and Lemon

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Add vegetable glycerine to spray bottle
  2. Add 4-5 mL of essential oils {approximate 20 drops per mL} – I did 1 mL Orange, 1 mL Lemon, and 2 mL Grapefruit Pink
  3. Stir or swirl to combine
  4. Add water to fill and shake well prior to each use

*To use, spray into toilet water prior to using the rest room {and again after if necessary}. This creates a barrier on the water, as well as releases a pleasant scent to help eliminate the embarrassment of “sharing” bathroom odors! 

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29 thoughts on “Bathroom Odor Obliterator”

    1. Janet, I would like to link you to a more recent recipe for this: https://blog.planttherapy.com/blog/2018/11/12/holiday-bathroom-odor-obliterator/ … it’s much more pleasant to look at and has been adjusted a bit for accuracy 🙂 Also, this product is much different from a room spray, so alcohol is not needed to emulsify the essential oils or to evaporate — since it’s being flushed anyways 🙂 I hope this helps answer your question!

  1. Am I reading the instructions correctly? Wouldn’t 20ml be about 80 drops? 80-100 drops seems a bit much. I have found success with approximately 20 drops in a 4 oz bottle. Perhaps it depends on the oils and their relative strength?

    1. Julie, when making a cleaning product with essential oils, this is a good time to experiment with different amounts of oils. Since it’s not going on your skin you can be a bit more liberal with the drops. Now if you’ve found success with 20 drops in a 4 oz bottle, that is great! Really we encourage using the least amount of oil possible to get the results you are looking for. And you’re right that it does depend on the oils; using a few drops of Cinnamon, for instance, is incredibly different than using a few drops of, let’s say, Tangerine. Soon we are planning on refreshing a lot of these cleaning recipes, so we will make sure to make the directions and dilutions more clear and easy to understand 🙂 Thank you so much for your questions!

  2. Can’t wait until the holiday season to try this out…so I am going to do a test run before gifting it to family and friends.

    1. You could use witch hazel, but would still need a preservative, unless you will make a small bottle and use it up within the week…thanks!

    1. Hi Mary! I know that Stearic Acid is an emulsifier, but I don’t think it is a preservative. Sorry, I wish I could say for sure.

    1. I like to make small batches since it only lasts a week or two (I tend only to make this when I have houseguests!)

    1. You could give it a shot – I used the vegetable glycerine so I can’t speak to how other products would be in the recipe.

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