Homemade All Natural “Vicks” Vapor Shower Disks

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I saw a pin for a homemade all natural “Vicks” Vapor Shower Disk months ago. How great an idea is that? The shower disks you see in the store can cost you $7.00 for a package of three. Making them at home can save you a bundle!

Unfortunately, the recipe I found didn’t really seem to work as advertised. The disks didn’t fill the shower with the potent smell needed to open up a stuffy nose.

So, I did a little searching and a whole lot of experimenting and I think I’ve come up with a homemade shower disk that actually works.

There are two essential oils you need:

Eucalyptus Oil – Acts as an expectorant and helps to clear mucus from the respiratory passages.

Peppermint Oil – Contains menthol, a natural anesthetic that dulls pain receptors.

How to Make Homemade All Natural “Vicks” Vapor Shower Disks

How to Make Vapor Shower Disks

You will need:

  • 1 1/3 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • eucalyptus oil
  • peppermint oil

In a large bowl stir together the baking soda and the water. The mixture will be very thick.

Transfer mixture to 6 muffin cups. I use silicone muffin cups to be able to easily remove the disk. However, you can use paper lined muffin cups. {You will need to remove the paper before using in the shower.} Bake the disks in a 200 degree oven until dry. This takes 20 – 30 minutes. Alternately, you can have the disks dry overnight.

To use:

Five minutes before you plan to shower, place the disk in the shower. Place it where it will get hit with water but out of the main stream. Add 7 drops eucalyptus oil and 5 drops peppermint oil to the disk. If you do this 5 minutes in advance, the shower will start to fill with the scent before you even set foot in. Shower as usual and enjoy the opening of your nasal passages!

Cold and flu season can make your family miserable. Be prepared! Make up a batch of Hand Sanitizer with All Natural Products. Then, make up these shower disks and a jar of Homemade All Natural Vapor Rub.

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  1. Jennifer Griffin says:

    Why can’t you add the oils to the mixture before baking?

  2. Hi Jennifer, I tried adding the oils and then baking. My house smelled like a Ben Gay factory had exploded inside – which would have cleared up any stuffy noses for a 2 mile radius! 🙂 However, I think it baked all the essential oils out. So when I tried them in the shower, there was a faint releasing of the scent, but not enough to really open up your nasal passages. I found that adding them to the disk right before the shower, then letting the water slowly dissolve them to work best. Thanks for asking! Andrea

  3. Thanks for sharing this! It’s just what we needed this winter.

  4. You are welcome Becky! Please let me know if you try them and what your experience is. I really tried to tweak the recipe so peeps would get the most benefits. Andrea

  5. How wonderful! Thank you! I have a question- do you think for the purpose of gift giving you could mix the oils into one bottle? Thanks again for this great idea and all the work you did!!

  6. Hi Jenny, I do think for gift giving you could mix the oils into one bottle. Thanks for asking! Andrea

  7. Are these crumbly if they are not baked and does it work to add the oil before hand if they are dried instead of baked?

  8. Mishaps, They are crumbly is not baked. I would think you could add the oil and just let them dry. Andrea

  9. Nancy J Hammond says:

    Are these used only once or do they last through more then one shower? I am going to make them for myself and gifts!!


  10. Hi Nancy, What a great idea to make as gifts! The shower disks dissolve in the shower – so one use only. Andrea

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