DIY Vicks Vapor Shower Bombs


Cold and flu season is here!  If you are anything like me, every little cough, sneeze, sniffle, clearing of a throat is making you want to run for the hills.  Each student that looks at me and says “I don’t feel well” has me saying a quick prayer as I vigorously rub antibacterial on every inch of my open skin.  Right now, even a simple cold is something I am avoiding like the plague.

A hot, steamy shower can do an okay job of clearing up any inevitable congestion.  Now what if you added the menthol goodness of Vicks to that steam? Oh yes, we are making Vicks Vapor Shower Bombs. I originally found a similar recipe on Living on a Dime. Use one of these little babies during shower time and bask in that glorious Vicks smell.  They are ridiculously easy to make and give me a bit of a pampered feeling when I am not feeling 100%.


1/2 cup corn starch
1 cup baking soda
3 tbsp. water
3-4 tbsp. vapor rub*

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.  You want to have a consistency like play-doh.  If needed, add more water by the teaspoon to achieve this.  Once mixed, roll into balls (think golf ball size) and place on a plate out of the way.  I get 10 shower bombs from this recipe.  You may also use a silicone ice cube tray, silicone mold, or a muffin tin using muffin liners.  Let them sit over night or for at least 12 hours to dry.  Store in an airtight container or, you know me, a mason jar.

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When you are ready to use one, place it on the floor of the shower where the water will hit it.  Be aware that the rub can make the shower floor a bit slippery.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!  Keep in mind, these also make a cute and thoughtful gift.  Throw some cute ribbon around your jar or container and help someone else breathe a little better.


*If you are wanting a less intense smell, you can substitute Baby Vapor Rub






18 thoughts on “DIY Vicks Vapor Shower Bombs

    1. Me too!!! I just don’t always have time for a bath, and these are so helpful for this season with all the sniffles going around. Enjoy!

  1. This is a great recipe I have been suffering with the flu for two weeks now. I’m totally going to make these and I’m going to pin this post for later on my Pinterest board apothecaries closet. Thank you so much I feel that I will be breathing easier.

  2. This is such an incredible idea, must be the most relaxing feeling when you step out of the shower! Will def try this out soon! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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