Need a relaxing spa night without leaving the house or spending more than a few dollars? These DIY bath bombs are simple to make with kid-safe ingredients. Let your children think of ways to mix and match scents, colors, and other customizations.
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid (found at Plum Market)
½ cup sea salt or epsom salt
¾ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil of choice
2 teaspoons water (plus a little more if needed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or use water instead)
20-30 drops of essential oils or powdered dried herbs
Bath bomb molds (found at Michaels)
5-10 drops food coloring of choice
Bags and ribbon for packaging
- Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl and mix well until combined.
- In a small separate bowl or cup, combine the oil, water and vanilla extract and stir well. Add essential oils and food coloring if using.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time. Mix quickly and thoroughly with a fork or hands. The wet ingredients will make the dry ingredients fizz when combined so be sure to mix rapidly to stop the reaction.
- Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
- I tried several methods to form the bath bombs but it worked best for me if I gathered the mixture with both halves of the mold and firmly pressed them together in one motion. To release, carefully and slowly remove one half of the mold at a time. Softly set the bath bomb on a plate and let it dry for 12 or more hours. You may have to play around with this step to find the best method.
Note: This recipe should make 7-8 of the 2.2 inch bath bombs; number will vary based on the size of the molds used.
If using as a gift, package in a box or bag using shredded paper to pad the bottom. If using for yourself, simply drop the bath bomb in your bath and watch it fizz. Enjoy!