Remember Shower Soothers? They were made by SudaCare and were these little hockey puck things you tossed on the floor of your shower when you had a cough or cold. The hot water would hit them and turn your shower into a humidifier box with eucalyptus oils and menthol steam cleaning out your sinuses. I haven’t seen them around for a long time and this allergy season is a doozie so I checked online. Sure enough, you can make them!
Here are mine, all ready to go! This is my third attempt. There’s quite a bit of info online as to the best ways to make these but the third time was the charm. I ended up combining a few blogs’ directions together to get my results but I got the best info from the most awesome and funny blog. . . Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity. Here’s the process that finally worked for me:
Baking Soda (two pounds)
1 cup water
Eucalyptus Essential Oils
If your grocery store has a “natural” section you will probably be able to find your eucalyptus oil there.
Mix your baking soda with your water. It will be thick and chunky.
Press together with a handful and either put onto parchment paper or press into a silicone mold. I used some muffin liners.
Put into a 350-degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the oven off. Leave in the oven until the oven cools and pull out. Remove from molds and put on a cooling rack.
Drop ten to fifteen drops of Eucalyptus oils onto the top of each cake. Flip over and drop ten more drops on the bottom. Place in a jar for use.
To use, put one cake on the floor of your shower and turn on. The heat and water from the shower will start to slowly melt the cake and the eucalyptus steam will help clear your sinuses. It’ll start to disintegrate in the water slowly but by the end of your shower, it will probably be gone. Being baking soda, it’s safe for your pipes. The more eucalyptus oil you use on the cakes, the stronger the steam will be.
If I do it again:
I am on the lookout for a cheap toaster oven at a garage sale that I can use for this project (and a few others). I would like to mix the oils into the baking soda/water mix and then bake the entire thing but I don’t want the oven to smell like eucalyptus. It’s such a strong smell, I feel like it would transfer to my baked goods the next few times I used it.