Introduction: Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

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It was a hard reality to face when I moved in with Nikki 5 years ago but the harsh reality of life is that everybody "poos". Even ladies. The longer you are with someone, the more the mystery disappears. That said, if there is something we wouldn't mind keeping mysterious in our relationship it's the smells that happen in toilet time.

In this tutorial I'll be teaching you how to make a concoction that you spray in the potty before you go that virtually eliminates any smell from escaping your private moment. (This is difficult to keep in professional terms)

Step 1: Supplies Needed

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The Ingredient and Supply List

- 2oz Spray Bottle

- Essential Oils (Your choice)

- Rubbing Alcohol, Witch Hazel or Vodka (Pick one. They are interchangeable.)

- Water

Step 2: Make Your Mixture

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We had vodka on the bar and who doesn't like peppermint and eucalyptus.

Ratios: Mix 10 drops of your choice essential oils with 1 tbsp of your vodka (or whatever you're using) in the spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

Shake Well.

The result should be a milky white mixture.

Note: I have the mixture in the glass for your convenience so you can reference the coloring.

Step 3: Directions for Use

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Now that you've perfected your mixture you are ready to use your "before-you-go" spray.


- Spray 5 pumps directly into the commode before you go.

- Do your thing. Read the paper. Check Facebook on your phone. Write an Instructable.

- Flush and sniff in amazement!

Step 4: Conclusion

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This is a simple DIY project but it will be greatly appreciated by the people around you. Give it a shot and let me know how you like it in the comments section. Enjoy!


JosephR25 (author)2016-05-03

There seems to be some confusion so I'd like to clear up the measurements. I've based this entire project on using a 2oz bottle for reference.

Essential oil bottles generally have a dropper top. I add 10 droplets to the bottle, 1 tbsp of vodka and then fill the remaining space with water.

Vodka is interchangeable with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.

SusanF4 (author)JosephR252016-05-09

i was not confused by original directions. thanks!! xo s

MiamiMs (author)JosephR252016-05-04

Thank you Joseph! I "guesstimated" the amounts (pretty much what you listed above) and it worked a treat! I make essentially the same recipe for a linen spray using essential lavender oil. Love it! I live with my boyfriend and his two "big boys" so will probably make at least a 4-ounce bottle! ;-) Thank you so much for this recipe. I was about to spring for some "Poo-pourrie." I'm so glad I didn't! Be well!

Battlespeed (author)2016-06-15

A couple of observations: These really work, but different scents work better than others. I've found that orange is one of the very best scents for covering these particular odors. Also, if you're in one of those highly-sensitive situations (like first time BF stays over), reach back and flush when you drop a l'il doggy, even if you're not done. Yes, it uses more water so not as a regular habit, but there are times for getting that puppy on its way to Sewer Town as fast as possible, and it really helps a LOT.

Diane_Tampa (author)Battlespeed2016-06-18

Good comment and suggestion on using orange oil!

BTW-it is called a "Courtesy Flush" :-) Consider it water well spent

sakkidra (author)Diane_Tampa2016-06-27

Lol, I was just trying to explain what a courtesy flush was to my kids the other day. Good to know I am not the only one that calls it that. BTW I love using Grapefruit oil over Orange oil. Orange is just a little too strong for me.

saeledbetts made it! (author)2016-05-07

Works like a charm! I also tried with a bit of glycerine to help with the surface tension of the water. Either way is great, and super cheap to make at home!

Diane_Tampa (author)saeledbetts2016-06-18

Smart on adding glycerin!!

Surface tension is the mechanism that makes this work.

Thank you :-)

dicandoit (author)2016-05-09

I have used this recipe (with rubbing alcohol) for years & it's awesome! Even made some for my kids families. Thanks for the affirmation!

Diane_Tampa (author)dicandoit2016-06-18

I agree with using rubbing alcohol which most effectivelycarries the scent of the oil as it evaporates into the air.

Gadget93 (author)2016-05-05

I love your instructable. Good idea and thankyou. I'm curious, what purpose does the vodka/alcohol serve in this mixture?

JosephR25 (author)Gadget932016-05-06

I'm no scientist but I think this is how it works.

Oil separate from water quite easily. Alcohol thins the oil and allows it to disperse through the water to create a functionally mixed solution.

I'd be happy to hear feedback from some of our Instructable chemists on this subject!

Diane_Tampa (author)JosephR252016-06-18

I believe the way it works is as follows:

The oil disburses across the water's surface creating a barrier of sorts to contain the unmentionable odors below sea level while the lovely scent of the oil rises upwards towards our olfactory receptors from the porcelain throne.

Gadget93 (author)JosephR252016-05-06

Ah ha! Yes. That totally makes sense. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Lol. Thankyou.

mzbas (author)Gadget932016-05-10

im guessing the alcohol also carries the good smells through the air when it avoporates. this is how perfumes work.

Beth11 (author)2016-06-10


CaroE1 (author)2016-05-05

Much nicer than chemical sprays!:) where do you get your spray bottle from?

Telnix (author)CaroE12016-06-07

It needs to be fine spray, I think. I use the oil sprays you get for cooking/olive oil to spray pans with. They are well-made and I wash thoroughly and spray some alcohol through it to clean the tube and nozzle out. Great.Also, I had some old essential oil bottles hanging around with just a bit in each. I used them all up in an exciting blend. You never know what you'll get!! I would have thrown them otherwise.

sandrak320 (author)CaroE12016-05-05

Try the Dollar Tree. I got a bag with three small bottles, one was a spray bottle.

CaroE1 (author)sandrak3202016-05-05

Sounds like England's equivalent of the Pound Shop!:)

Thanks, yes will keep an eye out; another blend I like is lavender and eucalyptus, got some on top of gas fire now in a pot. Run out of nightlights but it still wafts over occasionally just from heat of fire - still cool over here in the eves...

JonathanD72 (author)CaroE12016-05-05

Drug store or Gardening Hardware store may have such things. Just be sure it is "hard" plastic, not the soft kind of plastic in order to avoid plastic emissions.

Good Luck

CaroE1 (author)JonathanD722016-05-05

I guess a retro perfume atomiser might work too, never given them a second look as allergic to conventional perfumes but this could give them a new use and look nice in the bathroom too...though you wouldn't want to leave a ceramic one on cistern - I had a huge shell on ours and the vibrations from flushing the loo made it fall off and broke antique jug! So probably a (hard) plastic bottle is the best bet:)

Telnix (author)2016-06-07

I have made this and it's very good. It is comforting to know it doesn't have any "nasties" in it too.

Wannauke (author)2016-05-26

Can you use gin instead of vodka?

DaynaF3 (author)2016-05-21

Thanks for sharing. I'm making some for the teachers I work with. The label reads, "There is some crap you CAN deal with".

matcomiguel made it! (author)2016-05-15

good instructable...

Why is mine orange??? I used Tangerine Essential Oil & Eucalyptus Oil.... It actually smells pretty damn good, LOL!!!

JosephR25 (author)matcomiguel2016-05-15

Awesome. I'm glad to see another oils combo added to the conversation. I'd bet that your tangerine oil influenced the mixture color.

adaniele (author)2016-05-13

Thanks for the post.

I'm so looking forward to my next dump

RobertA2 (author)2016-05-12

Brilliant idea. As a member of the Vodka Police in good standing I must inform you that it is a Sacrilege to use any alcoholic beverage that can be drank. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

geraldinekuss (author)2016-05-06

I'm in Brazil. Is there another measurement you can give me instead of 2 oz.?

What is it in liters or cups or anything that I can find here . It seems to translate as 59, I can't use that. Help!

JaneR34 (author)geraldinekuss2016-05-09

60 ml is 2 ounces

JohnG220 (author)geraldinekuss2016-05-07

geraldinekuss (author)JohnG2202016-05-07

Thank you, that was what I used actually, but it doesn't really give me a clue. 59. something, I suppose I need a measuring cup, test tube or whatever!

waknighton (author)geraldinekuss2016-05-06

There are approx 29.6 ml to 1 oz.

geraldinekuss (author)waknighton2016-05-07

Thanks! That helps....

SusanF4 made it! (author)2016-05-09

it really does work!!! cost? just a couple pennies vs. approx $10 for original. i luv it. bye bye glade! xo s

bmayhew (author)2016-05-06

I made it in an old 8 oz bottle of the store-bought stuff that had run out. I even managed to get the scent pretty close with orange, lemon, and peppermint essential oils.

Thanks for posting this . It was always a crap-shoot if I'd like the scent of the store-bought, so it's nice to be able to tailor the scent to what I know will work.

mcorbin (author)bmayhew2016-05-08

Pun intended?

bmayhew (author)mcorbin2016-05-09

Sadly, no, but that is the story of my life... I am unintentionally funny.

Gadget93 (author)2016-05-05

Will something like olive oil/veg oil/kitchen oils work if used instead of essential oil? Obviously the pretty scent smells won't be there but none the less, will it work as a barrier?

Madeaj (author)Gadget932016-05-06

Olive oil and other cooking oils are completely different then essential or fragrance oils. Don't put those down your toilet or kitchen pipes. The alcohol, witch hazel, etc. Aerosols the essential oil in the air above the water and when you go it lets a very fine film on the water. I make something similar to this. You can't recreate that film with cooking oils. You'll have a whole host of problems if you put oil in the toilet.

To the OP. Great instructable!

JosephR25 (author)Gadget932016-05-06

I've never tried it. Try it out and let us know what happens!

GaryS97 (author)2016-05-06

Be careful if you have a septic tank as some chemicals etc can upset or kill the bacteria in the tank that break down the waste product. There is a product that i saw on the tv show "the doctors" called ONE DROP, fantastic stuff, 1-3 drops in the bowl before use and away you go, it produces a layer of oil so once the NUMBER 2 goes for a swim it gets coated in the oil and if it "comes up for air" it is still covered in the oil trapping the smell as well. I am certainly going to try this and save me 5 bucks a small bottle of one drop from now on!!

violetsmuse (author)2016-05-06

I love this idea, going to try this today!

qdogg (author)2016-05-05

Now if there was a solution to the bloody noise! A big bowl seems to broadcast the gas like a cheerleaders megaphone. Maybe a noise cancelling speaker in the tank? Waterproof of course!

violetsmuse (author)qdogg2016-05-06

LOL, funny but so true!

essem (author)qdogg2016-05-05

If you have the space, spare change and need to be uber cool, consider a "double trap siphonic toilet".

When I encountered one in my salad days, there was hardly any sound as it flushed.

London's Stanted airport reportedly has siphonic rainwater gutters with zero pitch and looks sleek as L!

essem (author)qdogg2016-05-05

If you have the space, some spare change and need to be uber cool, consider installing a "double trap siphonic toilet".

When I first heard one in my salad days, there was hardly any sound as it flushed.

London's Stansted airport reportedly has siphonic rainwater gutters with zero pitch and looks sleek as 'ell.

taur561 (author)qdogg2016-05-05

Haha ! . I tease the wife by telling her the elephants are trumpeting in the forest again . Fortunately she knows it's a joke ,!

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