DIY Vicks Shower Soothers

Both my husband and son have been hit by Spring colds which gave me a reason to try making DIY Vicks Shower Soothers. Remember those?  We used to use them when my son was small, but I wasn’t able to find them this past week.DIY Vicks Shower Soothers |


DIY Vicks Shower Soothers

My husbands cold was a couple of weeks ago and my son’s hit his past weekend, resulting in him staying home from school on Monday. Thank goodness this is a fast moving cold, I hate seeing my baby not feeling well.

I’ve pulled out the vaporizer, added a few drops of essential oils, (Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Camphor) to place in his room at night. I’ve rubbed his feet with Vicks (then you put socks on) and I made up a batch of these Shower Soothers like a Vick’s Shower Disk that fill the steamy air with nasal clearing goodness.

I picked up the oils I needed at New Seasons. I like blending these 3 together.

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The bad thing is, my son is not a fan of these scents. He’s also not a fan of anything mint, but that’s beside the point. I make him use one in the shower to open up the airways and clear out the sinus’s.

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I had never made these before, so I over did it on the oils….Oh my heck! When I opened the oven after baking them……I was hit with a blast of Mr. Vicks. My house smelled like a bath house and I’m pretty sure my silicone muffin molds will smell like Vicks forever.

I also realized I should have looked up how others made these…….but how hard could it be?  It’s just baking soda, essential oils and water……then bake and set aside. But like I mentioned, I added WAY too much of each oil and I would use less water next time since mine are pretty fragile. If they fall apart, I plan on just scooping a couple of tablespoons into the shower or use in the bath.  Why not?

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They were still great in the shower however.  To get the full affect, you may want to steam up your bathroom a few minutes before entering the shower. I placed mine on the side while the bathroom was steaming, then dumped it on the shower floor when I entered the shower. Even though I didn’t have a cold, this was still quiet soothing.

DIY Vicks Shower Soothers
  • 3 cups Baking Soda
  • ¾ cups water
  • Several Drops of each essential oil: Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Camphor
  1. In a bowl, combine and stir baking soda and water into a goopy paste. You can add the oils now, or add in layers as you fill your silicone muffin mold.
  2. Bake 350° for 20-25 minutes
  3. Set aside to cool and continue drying.
  4. If they're not strong enough, make a note for next time and you can always add drops after baking or before showering.
  5. Store in an air tight container, add extra drops before use.

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. says

    I’ve made these before and find they turn out much better if you sit them on the counter and let them harden instead of baking. If you need them in a hurry bake them first and then add your essential oils afterword, that way you don’t cook them out! Also I found you want them a little stronger then you think when you use them! Hopefully everyone at your house is on the mend soon!

    • says

      Yes, that’s what I was thinking……about adding extra drops after they either sit out for days or bake. Or both! I’ve been adding a few drops to them before the shower and it’s been very nice!

  2. says

    Thanks, Kim! Can’t wait to try these next time we’re under the weather. Pinning to share. I love the Now Foods brand!

  3. says

    What a neat idea! I love using those shower soothers when I’m stuffed up but I never thought about making them myself.