DIY Poo-Pourri Spray

What if I told you that you can poop in public restrooms without fear of stinking up the place? Let’s face it- no one wants to deal with the embarrassment that comes from smelling up the workplace toilet, or bathroom at a dinner party. 

Supplies to make DIY Poo-Pourri on a bathroom counter.

Poo Pourri changed lives when their before you go bathroom spray went mainstream, allowing people to poop in shared restrooms without shame. Well lets be real, it helps women poo in shared restrooms without shame because I highly doubt men care about stinking up the joint all that much.

Today I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY before-you-go-spray with essential oils.

1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon with rubbing alcohol.

How to make homemade Poo Pourri

This recipe for homemade before you go spray will save you money. You probably already have a lot of the ingredients you need in your pantry. You can switch up the essential oils and create a custom blend just for your bathroom. Try some of these scent combinations:

  • 12 drops eucalyptus, 12 drops peppermint, 6 drops lemongrass
  • 12 drops lavender, 12 drops geranium, 6 drops orange
  • 10 drops lemon, 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops mint
  • 17 drops patchouli, 13 drops sweet orange
  • 10 drops lemon, 10 drops bergamot, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops orange
Dropping lavender essential oil into a blue glass bottle.

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 tsp. rubbing alcohol or vodka.
  • 30 drops essential oil.
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin (or a squirt of dish soap)
  • water to fill the rest of the bottle.
  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle.
  • measuring spoons
  • label (optional)
  • Small funnel

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to Make DIY Poo-Pourri Spray

  1. Gather supplies

    Assemble your supplies in the kitchen or bathroom. Rubbing alcohol can be substituted for vodka and vegetable glycerin can be replaced with a squirt of dish soap. Use whatever is cheapest or you already have on hand.

  2. Add ingredients to bottle

    Measure out the ingredients and add them to a small bottle.

  3. Give bottle a gentle shake

    Gently swirl the bottle to combine the ingredients. Give it a bit of a shake before each use.

  4. Spray on toilet water

    Spray the homemade Poo-Pourri on the surface of the toilet bowl water 2-5 times.

  5. Do your business

    The oils in the spray create a barrier on the water. When you poop the feces and their stink molecules get trapped under the oily barrier, preventing the bad smells from floating all over the room.

  6. Flush

    Flush the excrement, toilet paper, oils and your worries down the toilet.

  7. Repeat if necessary

    Repeat if necessary. A courtesy flush will help make this product work even better.

Spraying DIY Poo-Pourri spray in a white toilet bowl.

What is the original Poo Pourri citrus fragrance?

The original Poo Pourri blend is orange and vanilla scent. Use 20 drops of orange essential oil and 10 drops of vanilla essential oil. If you don’t have vanilla essential oil you can substitute vanilla extract used for baking. 

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Does Poo-Pourri damage plumbing?

No. Your toilet, plumbing and septic systems will not be harmed by the ingredients in this recipe. The ingredients in this recipe are no worse for your plumbing system than soap or hair care products.

Can you put essential oils in the toilet?

Yes, see above. The essential oils will not harm your toilet or water system.

Can you use perfume or air freshener instead of Poo-Pourri?

Technically yes, you can use perfume or air freshener but they won’t work as well as Poo-Pourri. They disguise the odor instead of eliminating it. Poo-Pourri has oils that sit on top of the water trapping the odors below.

How does Poo-Pourri work?

Poo-Pourri floats on top of the toilet bowl water. It creates a barrier that will trap the stink underneath the water, then you simply flush it away.

Is Poo-Pourri toxic to dogs

Yes, the ingredients in either homemade or store bought Poo-Pourri are extremely toxic to dogs, cats and other household pets. Keep out of reach of young children who may accidentally ingest it.

What makes Poo-Pourri Milky?

It’s the alcohol in the recipe that makes it look slightly milky and translucent. Both the homemade and store bought versions have a milky look to them because of the mix of ingredients.

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