Because it’s Valentines’ Day I feel like I need to talk about something romantic…but this week, I’ve planned to do posts for all of the frugal organizational projects I’ve done lately. This is a slight deviation. It’s a frugal project, but with a heart theme
I wrote in my book, Shopping & Cooking Frugally, I love bath stuff, so I’ve tried to find ways of making some of what I love at home. I consider bath fizzies to be a lovely treat, but the price just keeps on rising for those!
Have you priced bath fizzies? I used to balk at paying $1 each, but now they’re going for $2.69 each at our grocery store.
Not. Gonna. Happen.
Not only was this week Valentines’ Day, but a friend of my girls’ is having a birthday this week, and I thought this would make a great gift for her.
Homemade Bath Fizzies
(makes about 35-40 small bath fizzies)
I realized while cleaning my pantry I had some Citric Acid leftover from when I had been sprouting (it helps with mold). That’s the most expensive ingredient. You can find it at the health food store, some pharmacies, or online.
The other ingredients: baking soda, corn startch, water, food coloring, and essential oils we usually have in house. Perfume would work too.
Start by sifting together:
- 1 3/4 cup of baking soda
- 1 cup of citric acid
- 1 cup of corn starch
Fill a little spray bottle with water and add some food coloring. This is optional, if you want them colored. I chose red, as I’m going to make hearts.
Remove 1 cup of the mixture into another bowl (because it’s easier to work 1 cup at a time), and spritz your mix a couple of times, mix together, spritz again…you don’t want to get it too wet, or it will fizz on you before bathtime.
Keep on going until it’s just moistened enough for you to squeeze it, and it stays together.
Add about 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oil. I added 4 drops of Ylang Ylang and 4 drops of Rose Blend.
Push into an ice cube tray or other mold. I find something without too much definition works well. This heart shaped silicone one I have was found for 25 cents at our local Goodwill! The Silicone ones work well, as it’s easier to pop the fizzies out.
Another option is to use a two piece hollow ball or container from a vending machine (the ones with little toys in them). This would make larger ones.
Let them sit for about 30 minutes, to dry a bit.
Pop them out.
Let them dry a bit more on a tray or other dry surface, while you make another batch.
If they crumble (And that happens), you can use the crumbles in your bath too. They just don’t look as nice for a gift
I found this adorable jar with lid (At the top of post) for $1 at Salvation Army, and this candy dish was part of a box of stuff I bought at an auction last month for $5 a box.When you wash out a container to store them in, make sure it is completely absolutely dry before putting the fizzies in there! A tight fitting lid will help keep out moisture.
I’m giving our friend this pretty dish, with the bath fizzies, as her birthday present.
The other stuff is for me and my girls.
To use, just drop one into the bath while you’re in it. It will fizz up and make a nice smelling bath.
Happy Valentines’ Day,