On Tuesday, Ottawa was hit by its biggest snowfall since it started keeping records in the 1930s! As you can see in the photos below, taken from my driveway, I got a snow day! It gave me the chance to get some work done, and of course, to productively procrastinate a little!
Being snowed in at home has its advantages. I finally got the chance to try out a DIY project I had in mind for a while: homemade poo spray! By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous before-you-go toilet spray called Poo Pourri. This product took the Internet by storm with the video below:
I bought a small bottle of the stuff as a gag gift for my mum for Christmas. It really works and it’s incredibly convenient while traveling, where a whole lot of awkwardness can be avoided… whether it’s with a host family, other hostel guests, or innocent restaurant patrons! The only thing I don’t like about Poo Pourri is the price tag… It’s US$9.95 for a 2oz bottle, so with the current exchange rate, that’s almost $14.00 Canadian, before tax and shipping!
So I set off on a Pinterest search for a homemade pre-#2 toilet spray recipe. Clearly, I wasn’t the first person to try a DIY version! I found some good tips from this post in the Fun Times Guide, this funny one by Fabulous Farm Girl, this cute post from the blog Endevourly and finally the No.2 Poo Spray from Today’s Creative Life. The ingredients were pretty similar in each recipe. The basics seemed to be:
- Distilled water
- Essential oils
- Alcohol (rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or even vodka!)
- Vegetable glycerine (or liquid soap or low-foam detergent)
- Small spray bottle
Other: Fabulous Farm Girl recommended adding 3 drops of blue food colouring, for extra visible proof that there really is a protective film over your toilet water to hide that #2 trail! Endevourly skipped the vegetable glycerine and it seemed to work just fine for her!
Here’s what I ended up using:
My recipe: I mixed together 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol, 2 tsp. of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap, 20 drops of tangerine essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of blue food colouring. This is what happened!
Hmm, you could already tell that something wonky was going on! I hadn’t realized that my tangerine oil was going to be yellow! It made for an interesting colour, that’s for sure! I used a funnel to transfer the mixture to a small travel spray bottle and stored the rest in an empty Disaronno bottle. Apparently it’s better to store products containing essential oils in glass bottles!
Wow, my version looks way too much like mouthwash! I’ve really got to label it ASAP! I don’t fancy poisoning my bathroom guests…
Instructions for use: Shake well, spray into toilet, do your thing, flush, wash hands, walk away with no embarrassment!
Now, I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat, wondering how the DIY version compares to the brand-name stuff! Well, after a very non-scientific experiment involving a couple members of my family, here are the results:
- Effectiveness in covering up odours: It’s a draw! Both the brand-name product and the DIY version managed to hide any trace of #2 odour in the loo!
- Aroma of the product: Poo Pourri Call of the Wild contains a blend of grapefruit and other essential oils. The product is very concentrated and leaves a strong citrusy scent in the bathroom after you go. The tangerine and lavender in the DIY version gives it a much more mellow scent, which you can barely detect after flushing. Poo Pourri wins for its perfume, but since the DIY version hides all evidence of ever being in the bathroom, it deserves an honourable mention! It depends what you’re going for, I guess!
- Attractiveness of the product: Okay, okay, I’ve got to work on my presentation. The Poo Pourri label is very cute and I don’t have a label yet! Also, the yellowish foam caused by the tangerine oil in my recipe is not so attractive… So Poo Pourri wins for visual appeal!
Conclusion: For a first try, my DIY toilet spray didn’t turn out so bad! It does what it’s supposed to do, which is hide the smell of #2! I’ve got a few kinks to work out with the packaging and with the formula, but I think I’m on the right track! And it’s much cheaper than the brand-name stuff.
Now, I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried making homemade pre-poo spray before! What’s your recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for visiting!
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