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Cold season has many of us fighting off a stuffy nose. What makes you feel better than a hot, steamy shower? A hot, steamy shower with a blast of menthol!

When you need a little relief, try making a Vicks® Shower Bomb!  They are perfect to have in the bathroom for yourself, or to give away to friends and family. Just toss one onto the drain in your shower, then take your shower as usual — the bomb dissolves, releasing that wonderful menthol smell!

You need the following:

  • One small (1.76 oz.) container of Vicks VapoRub®
  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water, as needed
  • A plastic ice cube tray from Dollar Tree Store (this will be a mold for the bombs!)
  • Plastic gloves, to protect your hands if you have sensitive skin.
  • Sparkles in color of choice (optional)


Place the cornstarch in a mixing bowl**. Add your Vicks VapoRub® and mix thoroughly. (You can also add the sparkles if you are using them!) This looks similar to when you try to cut butter into flour – it forms little pellets at first, but then it blends into a good blob!

Now add your baking soda, mixing thoroughly. (I use my hands.) If it looks too dry, add a little bit of the water. Test by squeezing a handful – if it sticks together and doesn’t fall apart, it is good to go!

Press mixture into your mold, be sure to really press it in well. Place the mold into the freezer for a few hours.

Pop the bombs out of the mold. Store them in jars with lids for when you want to use them!

SSD Shower Bomb 2

** Note: Mix in a stainless steel bowl or disposable plastic bowl – the menthol will permeate the plastic.**

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