How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs, Oils, and Salts

Want to make your own, homemade bath products? Soak in lavender, oatmeal, and more before you know it with these 8 DIY recipes that are sure to make bathtime more fun and relaxing.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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DIY Milk Bath

This soothing and exfoliating oatmeal bath smells like warm cookies. In a food processor, pulse together half of a cup of oats with three tablespoons of powdered milk, three tablespoons of baking soda, and a quarter teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Pour the powder into running bath water, and enjoy.

Relaxing Citrus Bath

Give yourself a luxurious bath treat without spending a cent. Just save the peels to citrus fruit like lemons, limes, and oranges in a container in your fridge. When it’s time for a bath, throw them in the warm water. They’ll not only release a lovely scent, they’ll help slough off dead skin cells.

Refreshing Green Tea Soak

Here’s an easy way to have a relaxing soak in a bath without having to buy bath salts. Just place one or two green tea bags under the faucet as you fill up your bath. The antioxidants in the tea will leave your skin feeling fresh.

How to Do an Oatmeal Bath at Home

Have you ever noticed that oatmeal is often a main ingredient of bath products? You have that very same oatmeal in your kitchen! Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just throwing some into a hot bath. First, grind the oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder to expose its inner skin-soothing qualities. Then place it in a piece of cheesecloth with a few drops of your favorite scented oil. While you’re running your bath, hold it under the faucet or tie it on with a bit of string. You’ll have a luxurious oatmeal bath, and even a little sachet you can use as a washcloth to help exfoliate your skin.

DIY Honey Lavender Bath

Good for soothing dry skin and relieving stress, this honey-lavender bath is quick and easy to make. Process two tablespoons of dried lavender in a food processor until it becomes a powder, and transfer it to a small bowl. Whisk in one cup of milk, a quarter cup of honey, and an optional three drops lavender essential oil until well combined. Pour the mixture into a hot bath, relax, and enjoy!

How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs

You’ve seen those fancy bath bombs in bath and body stores. Did you know you can easily make your own? You do need one hard-to-find ingredient, citric acid powder, which you can locate online or at some supermarkets in the canning section. (It’s what reacts with the baking soda to make that fizzy sound—kind of like those baking soda and vinegar volcanoes you’d make as a child.) This is a great winter craft because the bath bombs set up best on low-humidity days. Mix together one cup of citric acid, one cup of baking soda, a half cup of cornstarch, and a half cup of grape-seed oil until you have a crumbly dough. Stir in 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and an optional five drops of food coloring. Press the mixture firmly into molds or ice cube trays, and then let dry for 24 hours. Remove carefully. Depending on the size of the bomb, you can use one or two per bath.

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Peppermint Bath Soak

This peppermint bath is sure to stimulate your senses and get your skin tingling! Add a quarter cup powdered milk and a quarter cup cornstarch to one cup of warm water, and whisk until thoroughly combined. Stir in five drops of essential oil, and pour the entire mixture into your bathwater.

Filling a Bath with Rose Petals

What could be more romantic than a bath filled with sweet-smelling rose petals? Try lining the tub with lighted votive candles and putting on some soft music. Run a hot bath, and mix in one cup of rose petals and a half cup of rosewater. Rosewater is a great anti-inflammatory, so even if you don’t use the petals, you can still get the same benefits. Plus, it smells fantastic.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.