DIY "Eau de Toilet" Spray
Banish that bathroom stank without flushing all your money with this inexpensive, quick, and easy DIY "Eau de Toilet" in-toilet citrus bathroom spray refill recipe.
- lemongrass, lemon, and bergamot essenial oils
- rubbing alcohol
- vegetable glycerin
- small spray bottle (or empty brand-name bottle of toilet spray to refill, as pictured above)
- washi tape and sharpie for labeling (optional)
- Fill almost half of the bottle with glycerin.
- Fill most of the other half with rubbing alcohol.
- Add about a dozen drops of each essential oil.
- Close the bottle snugly and shake to combine!
- Label your spray with washi tape and sharpie (optional).
- Keep near the toilet.
Shake bottle and spray into toilet 3–6 times before you go. The essential oils will keep odors under the water and make the room smell nice.
- You can keep the leftover ingredients around for the next time you need to re-up on toilet spray. They all have lengthy shelf lives, so you can keep them in a cool, dark cupboard indefinitely. (I've had the same bottle of glycerin for years, and it's still good.) Essential oils take a long time to use up and are handy to have around because they have so many uses, so they're definitely worth a small investment.
- If you only want to invest in one essential oil for this recipe, I'd recommend the lemongrass, because of the three, it's the one that's best known specifically for its deodorizing properties. This will make this recipe even more cost effective (about 50 cents an ounce, including the bottle).
- This is a really cost effective DIY because a 2 oz bottle of the brand-name stuff goes for $10 (and up to $30 for a 16oz refill, which works out to $1.87 per ounce), while you can make 32–48 oz of refills for about $8 of base ingredients plus a $1 spray bottle and whatever you choose to spend on scents.
- If citrus isn't your thing, you can try a combo of eucalyptus and spearmint, or just use whatever suits your fancy. Lavender would work well, too.
- If you'd like to change it up with the seasons, try mixing sweet orange, clove, and cinnamon leaf essential oils for the fall and winter, and use the citrus in spring and summer.
Amazon and TJ Maxx are my go-to sources for inexpensive essential oils. You're literally flushing this down the toilet, so don't use the pricey stuff! ↩︎
These 1:1 proportions don't need to be exact, so you can use a 1:2 ratio of glycerin to alcohol to keep the recipe as inexpensive as possible. ↩︎
Again, not an exact amount. I typically use at least 10 and no more than 20–30 drops of each oil, depending on the size of the bottle and how potent I want the scent to be. ↩︎