DIY “Before You Go” Poo-pourri Toilet Spray

DIY “Before You Go” Poo-pourri Toilet Spray

If you’ve followed along on One Essential Community for long, you know that I LOVE a good essential oil room spray!  Over the past couple of years, I think I’ve shared close to 100 of my favorite essential oil room spray recipes for summer, fall, winter, and Christmas.

But if there’s something that I love even more than a good room spray, it’s this amazing homemade “Before You Go” No. 2 Toilet Spray {a.k.a. Poo-pourri}.

“Why?  What’s Poo-pourri?”  you say.

followed quickly by … “Did you say POOPourri?”

Yep.

Yes, I did.

I said Poo-pourri.

You spray it into the toilet bowl before you go no. 2 (that’s the “poo” of Poo-pourri), and the spray floats on top of the toilet water to create a fresh-smelling barrier (that’s the “pourri” of Poo-pourri).  It traps the odors inside the toilet bowl so that the stink does not come out of the toilet, which keeps the air in the bathroom smelling fresh and clean.

Simply amazing!

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

Here are a few of the reasons why I love this DIY Poo-pourri

natural –  Absolutely no artificial fragrances or toxic chemicals

cheap – You make it yourself, and it’s just pennies per use.

easy to make – It’s just 3 ingredients.  Pour, shake, and you’re done.

favorite scents – Because I make it myself with essential  oils, I can create and customize my favorite scents.  I’ve shared 8 of my family’s favorite scents below – everything from floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas.

most importantly, it really works! – Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  No one will ever know.

 

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

How to make homemade no. 2 toilet spray (a.k.a Poo-pourri)

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step 1:  use a funnel to pour 1/3 cup of witch hazel into a 4 oz glass spray bottle

click here for my favorite witch hazel

click here or here for 4 oz glass spray bottles

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

step 2:  add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glyercin

find the glycerin I use here

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

step 3:  add 30 drops of essential oils

here are some of my favorite essential oil combinations for this No. 2 Spray:

 

20 drops lemongrass + 10 drops peppermint

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15 drops grapefruit + 10 drops lavender + 5 drops peppermint

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15 drops lemon + 15 drops lavender

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15 drops eucalyptus + 15 drops spearmint

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15 drops lavender + 10 drops lime + 5 drops spearmint

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10 drops tangerine + 10 drops grapefruit + 10 drops bergamot

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20 drops orange + 10 drops cinnamon

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15 drops fir + 10 drops orange + 3 drops cinnamon + 2 drops clove

 

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

step 4:  shake vigorously to mix

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

step 5 (optional):  add a label

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

Here’s the Poo-pourri No.2 Toilet Spray recipe one more time

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use a funnel to pour 1/3 cup of witch hazel into a 4 oz glass spray bottle

add 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

add 30 drops essential oil (see step 4 above for some of my favorite combinations)

shake well to mix

click here to get a free printable of the No.2 Toilet Spray recipe and labels


DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

How to use homemade Poo-pourri spray

  1. Shake well before each use
  2. Spray the toilet water surface 4-5 times before you go no.2 — this will create a barrier on the surface of the toilet water that will trap odors in the bowl

That’s it!

There isn’t even a need for a courtesy flush.

The no. 2 spray traps the stink.

The odors stay in the toilet bowl, and the air stays fresh and clean.

Easy peasy!

 

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

 

DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

 

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DIY "Before You Go" Poo-Pourri No. 2 Toilet Spray -- natural, cheap, and easy to make, but best of all - it really works! Give the toilet bowl a few quick sprays before you go and the odors will be trapped discreetly inside the toilet bowl and flushed away.  Simple to make with only 2 ingredients plus essential oils. 8 scents - floral to citrus, warm fall scents and holiday aromas. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #homemadepoopourri #essentialoilsprays #DIYpoopourri #easyDIY

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Blog Comments

Love your cute labels, and want to make your spray for gifts. What is the best way to adhere the labels so they look professional like yours?

There are a couple different ways:
1) print the labels on full-sheet label paper. Just make sure that the label paper is water resistant so that it can stand up to use.
2) print on plain old regular printing paper, cut out label, then put the label face down on a piece of packing tape. Trim the tape around the label, leaving at least a 1/4 inch border around the label. Last, I’ll often put a little glue stick on the back of the label to help it really stick the bottle. This is what I usually do.
tip: with both methods, it’s best to clean off bottles with a bit of rubbing alcohol before you put labels on.
tip: some of my labels are wider than the width of packing tape. When this happens, I simply lay 2 (or more) strips of packing tape down, overlapping each piece slightly (about 1/8-1/4 inch). This makes a larger piece of packing tape for me that will cover my label. They also make sheets of packing tape or vinyl in wider sizes like this that you can buy, but making my own from regular packing tape works for me and it’s the cheapest way I’ve found.

I am fairly confused by the quantities of ingredients per your instructions if only using a 4 ounce spray bottle. One third of a cup is approx 2.8 ounces and 2 tablespoons is 1.25 ounces which is already more than the capacity of the bottle size without adding the oil drops yet! Common sense tells me it must be the first measurement that is mistyped? If I don’t hear back otherwise, I’m gonna go out on a limb and try it like this: Start with step 2, then 3, and after fill the remainder of the vial with Witch Hazel.

Hi Jenny,

Yes, you can add the glycerin and the essential oils and then fill the 4 oz container most of the way full with witch hazel, and that will work just fine.

But the measurements in the recipe also work fine as is. Your cup/tablespoon to ounces in volume listed above are slightly off.

4 ounce spray bottles are 1/2 cup by volume (which is the same as 8 tablespoons).

Here’s how that adds up for this recipe
1/3 cup is 2.67 ounces by volume.
2 tablespoons is 1 ounce by volume.
30 drops essential oil is .3 teaspoon or .17 ounces by volume.

2.67 + 1 + .17 = 3.84 ounces
That fits nicely in a 4 ounce spray bottle.

Not everyone has a 4 ounce spray bottle, so that’s why I give actual measurements. If anyone needs to make it in a larger spray bottle, they’ll have the correct measurements.

Hope you have fun making it,
Sarah

Thanks Sarah! On the positive side? Being a 47 y.o. “Girl Scout – Type” planner, over the past year I have collected various supplies such as 2 boxes of advised darker colored glass 4 ounce spray vials, approx 2 of every type of major essential oil because of painstakingly not being able to choose between 2 equally well-reviewed brands, multiples of most medium types & every possible size of tiny funnels, and even got labels for what it was..haha do you see what I have been inadvertently doing? This is def not an isolated incident where planning to the nth degree has prevented me from being productive, or developing my own creative learning curve! My final determination to buckle down and just “do it” is because I’m going on a cruise – sharing a suite with a couple of family members that I loathe to also share specific “smells” with! I truly hate the thought of purchasing a retail product to take when I’m sure I have the necessary materials to create this! I finally realized my reluctance was not being sure how my favorite oils would blend together cohesively in this concoction as they might on my pillowcase to relax me at night, and I wouldn’t want to waste product attempting to try something that even worse might possibly “accentuate” an embarrassing odor! In speaking of the #2, how well do you think Bergamot would blend with Lavender, or which specific version of Lavender, or Lemongrass with possibly Eucalyptus for an additional antiseptic “touch” to it? I definitely need to create something very strong for close quarters..and definitely prefer/need what would be the most powerful 😂 Would any combination of the above be ill advised? If I use Eucalyptus should I probably only use 5 drops of it due to its strength? I would appreciate any advice or tips for this particular scenario!

Hi Jenny,

I totally related to your stockpile of essential oil supplies. I have two whole rooms dedicated to my essential oil obsession.

In terms of the poopourri, the two most important things to make sure that it works well are (1) use glycerin — this is what makes the recipe float on top of the float bowl and creates a barrier between the #2 and the bathroom air — this is absolutely essential. You don’t just want to try to cover over the smell of the #2, what you want is for very little #2 smell to get into the bathroom to start with. and (2) make sure that everyone uses the spray and knows how to use it — they need to spray the entire surface of the toilet bowl BEFORE they go. Again, this is what creates a barrier over the surface of the toilet bowl water. When they go #2, the #2 will then penetrate through the barrier and the barrier will reform over the #2, sealing the #2 smell under the barrier so that very little #2 smell will get into the bathroom itself.

In terms of the essential oil blends, there’s a wide range of what you can use. It’s mostly a matter of what smells pleasant to you. If the poopourri is used right, the essential oils shouldn’t have to mask the smell of #2. Instead, they provide a gentle freshener to the bathroom.

I love bergamot with lavender (I use lavandula augustifolia). Lavender with a touch of lemongrass and eucalyptus would also be fantastic (I’d do about 18 lavender with 5-6 drops each lemongrass and eucalyptus radiata.

I would check with your cabin mates to make sure that they’re not allergic to anything (for example, some people are allergic to lavender) or if they prefer certain scent profiles over others (for example, some people hate floral scents so you’d want to avoid florals and instead use a citrus or woody scent).

Since the essential oils in the Poopouri aren’t really for antiseptic or cleaning purposes, you can choose essential oils based on the scents that are most pleasing to you and your cabin mates.

Hope you have a wonderful cruise with your family!!!
Sarah

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