This Homemade Poo Pourri Like Spray recipe is amazing, and the key to neutralizing bathroom stink no matter where you are and have to go No. 2. Because you know...we all want to keep potty business private, right?
Y'all remember that episode of Oprah where she and Dr. Oz talked about well...poop? Gah...I can't believe I even typed that word. But, we are going to take a minute and just talk about it. While it is something everybody does, it's not necessarily something that you want to share with the rest of the world, right? So here's the thing...we all have to go, and sometimes we have to go right away, no matter where we are. But, we don't actually want to share the smell, ya know? I've heard about this crazy stuff called Poo Pourri for the past couple of years, and I've even seen it in some specialty stores, but I had no idea how it works. The world definitely doesn't need one more odor masker. The good news is that Poo Pourri Like Spray works differently, and it actually does work!
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What You Will Need:
3-4 oz. Spray Bottle (Purchase HERE)
1 Teaspoon of Isopropyl Alcohol (Purchase HERE)
15 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Purchase HERE)
15 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil (Purchase HERE)
Here is a short video showing how easy it is to make your own Poo Pourri Like Spray... or you can skip ahead to the photos.
Read on for the photos and how to use Poo Pourri Like Spray!
Add 1 teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol, 15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 15 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil to your spray bottle. Now fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Distilled water helps to prolong the shelf life of homemade cleaners and concoctions.
Now...on to how to use your homemade poo pourri like spray. The trick is to spray this stuff into your toilet bowl, directly into the water BEFORE you go. Spray it 5 times, right into the water. The oil and alcohol create an oil barrier on top of the water to trap any "poo" under it! This traps the odors underneath the oil barrier so they don't come out of the toilet and into the air. Woo to the hoo...no tell-tell No. 2 smell! Just flush the toilet, and no one will be the wiser!
I keep a bottle of Poo Pourri Like Spray in each of our bathrooms and one in my purse just in case too! Now, let's just conclude the potty talk shall we?
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Tammy Whitley says
I have been buying and using Poo Potpouri for years and Im tickled that I will be able to make my own. That is after I run out. The last time I bought it, I really stocked up so I wouldn't have to buy it for a while. I think it's one of the best inventions since...well.....ever. If only it was around when I was growing up with 5 people in one house, with one bathroom. 3 of the 5 where my brothers and my Dad...wow did we ever need poo potpourri then!!! LOL
Can you use something other then lemongrass?? I'm allergic to it....
Absolutely, Fran! Use any essential oils you like!
I made this today, it really works. I think I will have to make a larger bottle. So, I'm guessing I'll double the receipt.
Can i change the Isopropyl Alcohol and use Hydrogen Peroxide instead? If can, is the measurement still the same?
Hi, Alexandra! Not for this recipe I'm afraid. Instead of getting a barrier, you would get fizzing. Alcohol in this case is an odor masker and helps bind the oils together to make a barrier on the top of the water. Hydrogen would help clean your toilet. Hope this helps! ~Jess
Amanda J says
What about Witch Hazel in place of the alcohol?
I don't think it will work as well, but you can definitely give it a try!
Elizabeth Pace says
You can use witch-hazel instead.
This is a great idea! Do you think the Alcohol would clean or santize the toilet seat too?
Will it work as well if I used vodka instead of alcohol.
Not in this case. The alcohol and oils help to create a scent barrier, and vodka won't do that. Hope this helps! xoxo
Soo can someone please tell me where can I get isopropyl alcohol from in the UK? Does it have another name?
Janice Abbott Michaud says
Surgical spirit - should be able to find it at your pharmacy
I live in the uk bought mine from Amazon uk.
If you mean drinking heavily to numb the pain of bathroom odors, then yeah, maybe.
Brenda Carden says
Can I use this if I have a septic tank?
Hi, Brenda! Yep...you totally can! xoxo Jess
Do the bottles need to be glass or can they be plastic? Wondering if plastic is okay with the essential oils. Thanks!
I started making my own about two years ago when I discovered your site. My bonus daughter bought her daddy and I a few bottles as Christmas gifts a few years ago but I hated the smell but the label were very pretty so I poured out the contents, cleaned the bottles and followed your recipe. I’m not crazy about lemongrass so I use just lemon oil but I’ve also made it with lavender and peppermint and a few other blends. I love this stuff and it really works well. I have also used them as stocking stuffers and just small “add-on” gifts. Thanks so much for all your great ideas.
Thank you so much for sharing and letting me know...I love the idea of gifting them...the gift that keeps on giving ;) hahaha
Honest opinion...plastic is fine. There are certain oils that don't mix well when in plastic, but honestly only if they are super concentrated. I keep a lot of my home cleaners with essential oils in plastic spray bottles and they work just fine :)
Can you just use tap water instead of distilled?
Oh, nevermind. I just saw the part about prolonging the life of the spray. How did I miss that before? Thanks anyway.
lori fahl says
do you have printable poo spray labels to print?
Hi! Some recipes say to add a tsp of gliceryne. I wonder have you yried to do this as well?
I made it the first time you put a recipe out for it. Just printed it out. A life changer. It used to just embarrass me so much. Medicine I take is the problem. I missed you Jess. Used to get emails all the time. Happy to see you back. Your recipes are the first I ever saw and I still use them today.
I am going to pin this in Pinterest.
I am praying for your mother every night and day. I miss mine every day.
Thank you so much, Jody...your kind words mean so much! xoxo, Jess
Thanks Jessica, Great tip!
Christine Ricci says
I just found this recipe, and can't wait to try it out...as soon as my supply of the store bought stuff runs out. I'm most definitely out numbered, being the only woman in a household of 5...my awesome husband and 3 sons who are 12, 18 & 21. Even with my 2 oldest working and in college, I'm grateful for my master bath although my 12 yr old is usually in there anyways. I'm constantly reminding them to spray. I agree with you about it making cute add on gifts. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe... I can't wait to check out all your other awesome ideas!
Hi, Christine! Wow...that's a lot of boys in one house ;) You are going to love being able to make your own and refill it for sure! Please let me know if you ever have any questions! Have a great day!
Rebecca Payne says
I have tried it and it works great. Thank you!
I made this today and wasn't ready to try the #2 but my dogs had done #2 in their room and I used it for air fresh. It was great. You are still #1 in my book!
So glad it helped for that too! You are so sweet! xoxo, Jess
Kris Ross says
Have been wanting to make this MYSELF but .... so just bought till I can get essential oils...
CAN I USE A DIFFERENT 'FLAVOR' if I dont find or want to do peppermint and lemongrass
and as you can see different "flavors" in the store, figure you can but you know sometimes
when you mix things OH NO....Thanks for the recipes and tips....always enjoy!
I have been wanting something like this! I am totally going to try this out. I am wanting to deep clean our house for spring and this would be something fun to make. I also want to do some professional carpet cleaning. Thanks so much for sharing!