Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray




Introduction: Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

About: I'm a Temple University grad looking to start my career. You know the story about how hard it is for kids to find a job these days so in the mean time I take pride in being a maker. We could buy cheap plasti...

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.


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

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!

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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Good comment and suggestion on using orange oil!

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

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.

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

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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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!

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.

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

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


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2 years ago

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

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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.

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

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...

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

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:)