One of the things I always have on hand in my bathroom is a variety of products to use for masking odor. This includes a few candles, a stick of incense, matches, homemade air freshening spray, and my personal favorite – my copycat poo pourri bathroom spray.
Above all the other options, this one is the best for dispelling unpleasant bathroom smells before they can even begin.
Simply spritz 5-8 sprays into the toilet bowl before doing your doody and you’re good to go – quite literally.
I’ve made DIY poo pourri bathroom spray before, but it lacked one key feature of the original spray you can buy at the store – solubility. Granted, it works really well for masking odor, but it doesn’t quite have that “filmy” texture that allows it to coat the surface of the water in the toilet bowl.
Adding a dispersant will also keep the ingredients mixed between uses and will give it that milky look that the original has.
At any rate, this spray works amazingly well and is probably the best homemade version of poo pourri you can find. If you want to make a simpler version of this, then check out my other poo pourri recipe HERE.
How to Make The Closest Copycat Poo Pourri Bathroom Spray
I like to make this in a 4oz sized spritzer bottle, but feel free to make a smaller or larger batch based on your needs. You can even make one large batch that can be used to refill the bottles of homemade poo pourri for every bathroom in your house.
Here’s what you’ll need to make my copycat poo pourri bathroom spray recipe:
• One 4oz spritzer bottle
• 1TB vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
• 1/4 tsp sulfated castor oil (aka turkey red oil – this is what keeps the ingredients mixed between uses)
• 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (this thickens the spray and also helps keep the ingredients thoroughly mixed between uses)
• 100 drops of essential oil
• Distilled water
Essential Oil Recommendations
For this recipe, it’s best to focus on fresh smelling essential oils like:
Essential Oil Recipes for Homemade Poo Pourri
These recipes will include the amount of essential oil required for a 4oz sized bottle of homemade poo pourri bathroom spray.
If you have small children in your home who may be using this spray, then I recommend reading this article first on which essential oils are safe to use for children.
• 30 drops pine essential oil
• 20 drops lemon essential oil
• 20 drops rosemary essential oil
• 20 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 50 drops grapefruit essential oil
• 40 drops lemon essential oil
• 10 drops peppermint essential oil
• 50 drops lavender essential oil
• 50 drops lemongrass essential oil
• 40 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 30 drops peppermint essential oil
• 30 drops lavender essential oil
• 50 drops lemon essential oil
• 50 drops rosemary essential oil
• 30 drops lemongrass essential oil
• 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 20 drops lemon essential oil
• 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
Recipe #7 (this one is good for kids bathrooms!)
• 60 drops lemon essential oil
• 40 drops pine essential oil
Loving Preparation – Copycat Poo Pourri
1. In a small dish, thoroughly mix the xanthan gum and vodka together until there are no lumps then add the mixture to the 4oz bottle.
2. Next, add in the sulfated castor oil, the essential oils, and then the distilled water.
3. Cap closed and shake thoroughly to mix.
Before going number two, lift the toilet seat and spray 5-8 sprays of copycat poo pourri bathroom spray into the toilet bowl.
Do your business as usual but without the stink!
The spray will create a film on the surface of the water that helps trap odors before they can assault your senses.
Have you ever made your own poo pourri before? Please share in the comments below!
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I know that Poo-pourri doesn’t use alcohol in their formula. So is it necessary?
Which recipe smells like the “original citrus “ scent of Poopourri spray?
Hi! Do the poo spray supposed to be white r clear looking
This is exactly what I have been looking for. Mixed it according to your directions and it works perfectly, thanks a bunch!!!
Hi. I can’t wait to try this ‘new’ DIY recipe. Thank you for sharing!
My question is, there are so many diy variations using Castile Soap, vegetable glycerin and even baking soda…what is the purpose of these different variations compared to xanthan gum and sulfated castor oil?
Chris Carter says
I found 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) at Microcenter. It is a computer & electronics store. It was under $10 for a quart size plastic bottle. It works awesome for dispersing all ingredients. The recipe I used was:
4oz distilled water
1tsp isopropyl alcohol
1tsp glycerin (veg)
15 drops grapefruit
15 drops rosemary
15 drops lemon
Thanks for the great recipe Chris! Will have to try this blend 🙂
I made this yesterday but it is so gloopy that when I spray it into the toilet bowl it doesn’t disperse, just kinda hangs out in little blobs. Also because it’s so thick it shoots out in a thin stream rather than a diffuse mist. I even made another batch without xanthan gum and mixed the two and it’s still too thick. Any ideas what I might have done wrong?
That is so weird! I’ve never had that happen before. Omitting the xanthan gum would have been my first suggestion but I’m totally not sure why it was still gloopy when you took it out of the recipe 🙁
Quick questions – 1. can you substitute glycerine oil for castor oil?; 2. Rubbing alcohol comes in two strengths, 70% and 91%. Does it matter which we use?; and, 3. Is vodka the better of the 3 options to use?
You can try subbing with glycerin and see how it works out for you 🙂 As for the rubbing alcohol, you can either one, no problem. Vodka is also a good option and can be used as a sub for the rubbing alcohol.