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How To Make DIY Shower Steamers

Homemade shower steamers are refreshing, soothing, and easy to make with a few simple ingredients and essential oils.

Let's talk about these fun DIY fizzy shower steamers that are easy to make. Use your favorite essential oils to create aromatherapy for relaxation, to soothe head congestion, or for a little pick me up. One reason why I love these shower steamers is that they are customizable. Use a eucalyptus blend for head congestion, ylang-ylang, or lavender for stress and tension, or be creative and mix your own blend.

These DIY fizzy shower steamers are so easy to make you can get your kids involved. My granddaughter had so much fun making them. Spring is quickly approaching, shower steamers are great for Easter baskets. You could make a wonderful Easter basket for someone with DIY self-care products. I’ll link my homemade bath bomb recipe along with my homemade bath salt and body butter recipes at the end of this post.

For Congestion & Stuffiness

8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

6 drops of peppermint essential oil

6 drops of lemon or orange essential oil

Stress Relief

8 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil

8 drops of patchouli essential oil

4 drops of lavender essential oil


8 drops of orange essential oil

4 drops of lemon essential oil

4 drops of tangerine essential oil 4 drops of grapefruit essential oil

What Is A Shower Steamer?

Shower steamers are made with baking soda, citric acid, witch hazel, and essential oil. The steam from the shower releases the scent from the steamer creating aromatherapy. Homemade shower steamers are similar to homemade bath bombs but without the moisturizing benefits. Please Note- do not use a bath bomb that contains moisturizing benefits in the shower. The shower floor can become slippery.

What Is Citric Acid?

Citric acid is a colorless organic compound found naturally in fruit, especially in lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit. The citric acid and baking soda neutralize each other, creating an exciting fizz.

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Supplies You will need

Silicone molds or muffin tin

Non-stick cooking spray, Crisco, or parchment paper


Important Tips


Don't make the mixture too wet, or it will start to fizz.

You want the consistency of the mixture to be like damp sand. When you squeeze the powdered mixture and it holds it's shape you have the right consistency.

If you make the Epsom salt version don't use Epsom salt with moisturizing oils. The oil will make the shower floor slippery.

Directions & Ingredients


2 cups of Arm and Hammer baking soda

1 cup of citric acid

20 drops of essential oil

1/4 cup or less of witch hazel

Lightly grease the molds or muffin tin with Crisco or cooking spray. If you're using cooking spray, wipe the mold or tin down with a paper towel. You only need a light coating.

1. In a bowl, mix citric acid, and baking soda.

2. Add the essential oil and mix well with your hands.

3. Pour the witch hazel into a spray bottle and spritz some onto the top of the powder mixture. Mix the witch hazel in quickly with your hands, spritz more on top, and mix again until the mixture packs together nicely.

4. Scoop the mixture into the molds one at a time and pack tightly so the mixture holds together.

5. Prepare a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper. Wipe the cooking spray off, leaving only a light film.

6. Once the molds are filled, let them set for about an hour then gently remove the shower steamer from the mold onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, place them onto the cookie sheet, and let them dry in a warm place for at least 24 hours.


How Do I Store Homemade Shower Steamers?

To store homemade shower steamers, place them into a jar, or an airtight container or display them on a pretty tray. I wouldn’t recommend a Ziplock bag, the bag will trap moisture.

How Do I Use Homemade Shower Steamers?

To use your homemade shower steamer simply place it on the shower floor away from the direct stream of water. The shower steamer will melt rapidly if it’s directly under the stream of water. The warm water will cause the steamer to fizz and melt, releasing soothing aromatherapy into the air.

Can I make shower steamers without citric acid? Yes, you can make shower steamers without citric acid. The shower steamers will not fizz without citric acid but the aromatherapy benefits will be the same. Check out how to make shower steamers without citric acid below.

How to make shower steamers without Citric acid.



1 cup of baking soda

½ cup Epsom salt

20 drops of essential oil

3-4 tablespoons of water ( start with 3 tablespoons adding more if needed. You may need another tablespoon ) You will know the mixture is wet enough when you squeeze it and it holds its shape. Similar to wet sand.



1. Combine baking soda and Epsom salt in a bowl.

2. Add 20 drops of essential oil.

3. Add 3 tablespoons of water. Using more if needed.

4. Mix with your hands.

5. Prepare a cookie sheet by lightly coating it with Crisco or cooking spray.

6. Fill a soap mold or muffin tin with the mixture packing it tightly.

7. Let the shower steamers dry completely before removing them from the mold. 24-48 hours.

You may also enjoy these homemade self-care recipes from Lia Rose Simply Home!

DIY Moisturizing Bath Bombs

How To Make Calming Bath Salts

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

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