Vicks Vaporub Shower Bombs

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If you suffer from cough and nasal congestion, these Vick's VapoRub Shower Bombs are the perfect solution.

You  can create a more natural shower bomb by making them with my All Natural Homemade Vick Vaporub.

These Vicks Vaporub Shower Bombs are a great addition to your Cold & Flu kit this winter! Make these amazing and easy shower bombs for use in your daily shower!

VapoRub is great for helping ease the symptoms of the common cold, including cough and congestion.

These shower bombs are both soothing and invigorating. Perfect for both morning and evening showers.

DIY Vicks VapoRub Shower Bombs

You can enjoy the magic of VapoRub while you shower by making your own Vicks VapoRub Shower Bombs using just three ingredients and in just a few minutes.

Looking for a more natural recipe try my Vapor Shower Bombs using Essential Oils

How to make Vicks vapor rub shower bombs

The end result is the perfect little Vicks VapoRub Shower Bomb perfect for transforming your shower into a vapor filled oasis. Here is how you can get started.

How do you make a homemade shower soother?

How do you make Vicks Vapor Rub shower bombs?

1. In a bowl add in the three tablespoons of Vicks VapoRub. You can use any variety of VapoRub you wish. I used Vicks since I had that on hand.  I used a basic formula that was suitable for all ages.

Related- Vicks and Essential Oils Shower Bombs DIY

2. Stir in the cup of corn starch. Mix well. You will notice that the VapoRub takes a little time to soften. Just be patient and continue to stir until it meshes well with the corn starch.

3. Add in the two tablespoons of water. As you mix, you may feel the need to add more. If so, don’t add more than a teaspoon at a time.

Vicks Shower Bomb mixture

4. When your mixture is smooth and even, add in a drop of green and a drop of blue soap colorant. Continue to stir. This step of course is optional. Adding the color will not harm your bathtub or your water, so feel free to use it or omit it.

Related: DIY Vapor Shower Melts

5. Once the color is mixed in well, scoop the mixture into your hand. It will have a play dough feel to it. Knead it into a ball and set on a piece of wax paper. Allow to sit out over night to harden.

Your Vicks Vapor Rub shower bombs are now ready to be used. To use, place it on the floor of your bathtub and shower as usual.

The water will break up the bomb and the whole shower will fill with vapors.

If you don’t want to use your bombs right away, you can freeze them until needed.

Gather your supplies and give this recipe for VapoRub Shower Bombs a try!  They are such an easy and excellent way to ease symptoms of a pesky cold.  

Even if you aren't experiencing frustrations from a cold, they are a refreshing addition to your shower that definitely help you to wake up in the morning.

How do shower bombs work?

Place your shower bomb next to your drain. Water will hit it and it will start to melt. Filling your shower with soothing vapors.

Can you freeze Vicks Vapor Rub shower bombs?

Yes, you can keep your shower bombs in an air tight container and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use. I recommend using them within 6 months of making them.

Will Vicks Vaporub clog my drain?

I think the amount of vaporub in each shower bomb is so small that the water flushes the drain clear of any vicks that tries to linger. If you are nervous about it you can sprinkle a little baking soda in the drain followed by some vinegar. That will cause a happy reaction that helps keep your drains clear of hair and gunk. Best of all it's safe for septic tanks.

Can you make Vicks shower bombs without cornstarch?

If you would like to make these shower bombs without cornstarch you totally can. Just swap the cornstarch for 1 cup of baking soda.

Vicks Shower Bombs

Whether you are looking for something today to use for your cold or flu symptoms or a great homemade body product for later, make sure to bookmark this post or pin this to Pinterest so you always have it on hand for easy access in the future.  

Vicks VapoRub Shower Bombs

Vicks VapoRub Shower Bombs

Vicks Vaporub Shower Bombs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days 20 minutes

Materials

  • 3 tablespoons of VapoRub
  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • Blue and green soap colorant (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Tools

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wax paper
  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. 1. In a bowl add in the three tablespoons of VapoRub. You can use any variety of VapoRub you wish. We used a basic formula that was suitable for all ages.
  2. 2. Stir in the cup of corn starch. Mix well. You will notice that the VapoRub takes a little time to soften. Just be patient and continue to stir until it meshes well with the corn starch.
  3. 3. Add in the two tablespoons of water. As you mix, you may feel the need to add more. If so, don’t add more than a teaspoon at a time.
  4. 4. When your mixture is smooth and even, add in a drop of green and a drop of blue soap coloring. Continue to stir. This step of course is optional. Adding the color will not harm your bathtub or your water, so feel free to use it or omit it.
  5. 5. Once the color is mixed in well, scoop the mixture into your hand. It will have a play dough feel to it. Knead it into a ball and set on a piece of wax paper.

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66 thoughts on “Vicks Vaporub Shower Bombs”

  1. My question is are these safe for your drain or septic tank? I would think natural vapor rub would be and or plant based but, the regular over the counter may not be.

    1. Hi Sheila! I apologize for the delay in responding. I have a septic tank and have not had any issues. That being said, I also don’t use these all the time. I only use them for them when there is miserable congestion. I do have a recipe with essential oils. You could use it if you’re not comfortable with using the Vick’s Vaporub. https://simpleinthecountry.com/vapor-shower-bombs-using-essential-oils/
      Thank you so much for sharing your comment. ❤️

  2. Hi there,
    How many does one batch make and how big should you make the balls?
    Also would it best to store in the freezer as I wouldn’t be giving them as a gift for another 2 weeks?

    1. Stephanie Rose

      Oh yay!!!! I’m glad they work well for her. They can be a life saver on those contested sleepless nights. ❤️

  3. So excited to find this!!! I used to use the Vapo Rub shower tabs and then they discontinued them. Super thrilled to make my own!!!

  4. Hi would you say that these need to be frozen in order to keep them or do you think w
    Just wrapping them would do the trick? Again thinking of making them as a gift but don’t want to make big ones if they’re going to take up too much room in the freezer 🙂

    1. Hi Maija, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. No these do not need to be frozen. Once dry they keep for awhile. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hi Becka! Thank you so much for taking the time to ask your question. I think it will be perfectly fine for the baby. I think I would just sit on the toilet with them versus having them in the shower depending on how strong the vapor is. I hope this helps. ❤️

      1. No! Regular Vick vapor rub should NEVER be used for children under two. It irritates the airways and increases mucus production which can be extremely dangerous for babies who can’t regulate their own bodies. That’s why that make babies only Vick’s vapor rub.
        (Also in the ingredients part of this post you said it’s for all ages. It is not. Please fix this before something serious happens.)

          1. You can actually buy babyrub for 3 months and older. I think this is a wonderful idea and can’t wait to make some.

        1. You can actually buy babyrub for 3 months and older. I think this is a wonderful idea and can’t wait to make some.

  5. Hi I was wondering if after you mix this recipe up, could you put it into small silicone ice trays? I was thinking it would be cute as a thanksgiving gift. I have small pumpkins ice cube trays. Maybe freeze in trays? What do you think?

    1. Hi Casey. Thanks so much for your question. You can definitely use silicone ice trays. The key is to make sure you give it plenty of time to dry.

  6. Hi, I have just made the shower bombs with my 2 year old. They smell gorgeous already. Thank you for the fantastic and simple idea

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. They do smell really good don’t they? ❤️

  7. Glad to finally find this, we have terrible allergies. My question I have the liquid for the vaporizer, how much of this do you use to make the shower bombs?

    1. Hi Dawn! Thank you so much for stopping by. ❤️ I would start with about 10 drops and see how that does. You can always add more since it’s a liquid.

  8. Liquid Vick’s? I am from Canada and have never heard of that, can we use other sents in them instead like lemon or lavender?

  9. Just made them today. Had to add quite a bit more than 2 tbs of water ((more like 5-6 tbs), but after making oobleck mutilple times I know a corn starch mixture can quickly become a liquid mess. Plan to place in a bowl on shower floor to avoid oily residue, but can’t imagine they won’t produce vapors because my husband could smell it in the kitchen after making them. Thank u for posting!

  10. I found using the liquid form of vicks for the humidifier worked better then the gel form of vicks. Less greasy and dissolved better for me also.

  11. Total Disaster for me too…. All it did was slime up my tub and I had to scrub it after taking a shower so nobody would fall.. I wouldn’t advise making these..if you do maybe just to sit in a bowl and smell beside your bed or something..

  12. OMGosh Emily! I’m so glad all turned out well. I was warned quickly not to add them to the bath. I’ve not had issues with coating or with my drain. I also only use these when someone in the house is congested. You could easily not add the rub and just add some essential oils instead. I still wouldn’t use them in bath.

  13. The ones I made did not come out anything like yours. They will not for balls and simply fall apart to the touch. Any ideas?

  14. These were such a cool concept but a disaster in practice. I made them each the size of a vending machine bouncy ball, one didnt dissolve during a 30 minute hot shower or during any of the 4 showers my family took in the day and a half afterwards. We never smelled any vicks or menthol. Used all new products and followed directions. My oldest son was finally tired of looking at it and tried to squish it with his foot which resulted in dangerous green/gray slime all over the tub and a halfway clogged drain. I am going to have to just stick with essential oils, this project was simply not worth it.

    1. Hi Britt. Thank you for commenting with your experience. I’m sorry that it did not work for you. I’ve not had any issues with the batches I have made. Essential oils are great to use too. I’ve done that as well ❤️

    2. Vicks is basically petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and should not be put down a drain. Also, it looks like people are adding it to baths- it is not a skin safe (for the whole body) you cannot take a bath in menthol or camphor! This recipe should be edited, why not use actual menthol and camphor liquid in the shower bomb.

    1. Hi Amanda. Thanks so much for stopping by. ❤️ I keep my shower bombs right next to the drain so I don’t have any issue with the shower getting slick.

      1. I would be very leary about using it in the bath. As someone who accidentally got vaporub on her girl parts one time, that is one experience I hope to never repeat…

    1. Hi Sharon! Thank you for stopping by. I’ve not had any issues with my drain clogging up. I live in the country so I clean my drains once a month with vinegar and baking soda.

  15. This is genius! I’m totally going to make these tomorrow. My whole family has the worst allergies ever. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have an awesome week.

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