Well, I never thought I would write the words “Make your own Poo Spray” but here I am doing it! Perhaps you too have seen this interesting product that a lot of people have dubbed Poo Spray and have wondered how you can make your own version. Or perhaps you’re thinking, “What the heck is a Poo Spray? Explain yourself please!”
What most do-it-yourselfers are dubbing Poo Spray is a copycat version of a toilet spray product called Poo-Pourri. For me, Poo-Pourri has the distinction of having the only You Tube commercial that I have completely watched all the way to the end. You know how you’re usually watching that little thing in the corner counting down: You Can Skip This Ad in 3 . . 2. . 1 and you’re just waiting to hit “Skip This Ad!” BUT, I sat all the way through their commercial chuckling and giggling. It was one of the most silly, kind of stupid, but hard-to-quit-watching type of commercials I have ever seen. The Skip This Ad button was totally forgotten! That’s how I first learned about Poo-Pourri. 🙂
Another product that has recently come on the scene is Airwick’s V.I.Poo Pre-Poo Toilet Spray. And just like the Poo-Pourri brand, you can easily pay between $7 and $9 for a small 2 oz bottle of the stuff – another reason the DIY crowd is looking for ways to make their own.
So that being said, these “poo sprays” are sprays meant to mask those totally natural, but somewhat bothersome toilet odors resulting from taking care of your #2 business. But rather than a spray that you spray around in the air after the job is done, this spray is designed to be sprayed onto the toilet water, creating a barrier on the surface of the water and trapping any odors underneath. The sprays use scented oils in the mixture to help create this barrier on the water.
This product is sold in small bottles so you can easily take it along with you and if nature calls in a place where you must use a public restroom or other type of shared or “nearby” bathroom environment (hotel, cottage, friend’s house, etc.) you can do so with less risk of everybody knowing exactly what you did in there. Just pump a few sprays onto the toilet water and nobody is the wiser to any of those less-than-pleasant smells that are about to happen. Their slogan is “Spray Before You Go and No One Will Know”.
How To Make Your Own Toilet Pre-Poo Spray
So how can you make your own pre-poo toilet spray? With essential oils . . . and if you’re a DIY kind of person, chances are you’ve already got some essential oils around the house. These essential oils are just the thing to make your own homemade Poo Pourri, which will create a barrier on the toilet water surface just like the store bought version.
Of course if we make our spray by just adding some essential oils to water, our mixture will separate. Oil and water, as we know, do not mix. (Which is why Poo Spray works in the first place!). There are quite a few recipes out there that take the strategy of adding a little rubbing alcohol to the mix as a carrier ingredient to help the oil and water mix together. I tried this but was not really happy with my results. And that’s when I decided to just use all alcohol. Not rubbing alcohol (which would just be adding another strong smell), but vodka!
So now we are not only going to talk about toilet matters, we’re going to add booze to the discussion too. Oh my goodness.
Yes, vodka made an excellent base as it stayed mixed with the essential oils but does not have any strong smell of its own to mess up the mixture. I was quite happy with how my little mixture turned out. And yes, I tested it but will elaborate no further on that subject except to say I think it did was it was supposed to do.
You could make this mixture in any size you wish too. I used a formula of 10 drops of essential oil for each ounce of liquid (vodka). Here’s a 2 oz version with an oil combination that I liked:
Homemade “Spray Before You Go” Poo Spray
- ¼ cup Vodka (or perhaps Gin would work too)
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 2 oz Spray Bottle (I used a blue glass bottle)
To make your homemade Poo Spray, simply pour the ¼ cup of vodka into the bottle. Add in the essential oils, place the top on the bottle, and shake a little bit to combine the ingredients.
To use: Spray on the toilet water surface (about 4 or 5 sprays should do it) before taking care of business.
A Few More Notes:
~ There’s no need to buy expensive vodka. Any old cheap vodka will work!
~ If you prefer not to buy alcohol, witch hazel could be a possible substitute liquid to use in this mixture.
~ If you would like to try using rubbing alcohol as a carrier with water instead, use ¼ teaspoon of rubbing alcohol for each ounce of water in your mixture.
~ You can also try adding a drop of food coloring to your mixture. This gives your Poo Spray a slight color so you can see where it has been sprayed on the toilet water and get a better idea on if it is covering the whole surface.
~ I liked the combination of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils (both are oils that are reasonably priced) but you can create any scent mixture that you like. I found that about 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of liquid was about right, but of course you are free to adjust that up or down to your preference.