Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

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Introduction: Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

About: I like to be a maker in any medium but I usually do my making with wood. I think our culture can be incredibly wasteful so my favorite thing to do is salvage materials from discarded furniture and use them to …

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

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

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

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

Directions:

- 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

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!

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113 Comments

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JosephR25
JosephR25

5 years ago

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.

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SusanF4
SusanF4

Reply 5 years ago

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

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MiamiMs
MiamiMs

Reply 5 years ago

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!

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3rdiii
3rdiii

5 years ago

I have not tried this yet, but I can tell it would be well worth it. So are you spraying the water directly or just around the inside of the toilet bowl?

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JosephR25
JosephR25

Reply 4 months ago

Directly on the water

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JosephR25
JosephR25

Reply 5 years ago

Spray the water directly. Good question!

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jim0825
jim0825

Reply 5 years ago

Septic systems depend on microbial action. Since the alcohol and witch hazel have anti microbial properties, it might not be best.

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CherylC11
CherylC11

Reply 5 years ago

using just water and essentials oils works just as well.

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lyndawar
lyndawar

Reply 5 years ago

On the water to make a film on the water before you go

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Battlespeed
Battlespeed

5 years ago

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.

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Diane_Tampa
Diane_Tampa

Reply 5 years ago

Good comment and suggestion on using orange oil!

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

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sakkidra
sakkidra

Reply 5 years ago

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.

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dicandoit
dicandoit

5 years ago

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

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Diane_Tampa
Diane_Tampa

Reply 5 years ago

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

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Gadget93
Gadget93

5 years ago

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

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JosephR25
JosephR25

Reply 5 years ago

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!

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Diane_Tampa
Diane_Tampa

Reply 5 years ago

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.

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Gadget93
Gadget93

Reply 5 years ago

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

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mzbas
mzbas

Reply 5 years ago

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

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Beth11
Beth11

5 years ago

Sweet!