Make Your Own Sinus-Clearing Shower Tablets For Cheap

You may have seen those pricey tablets in your local pharmacy that you're supposed to put in the bottom of your shower while you wash up. As the tablet dissolves under the hot water, they're designed to release fragrance and vapours to help clear your nose and throat, offering you a little allergy or sinus relief while you bathe — think of them as vapour rub, just in the shower instead of on your chest. Well, it turns out those tablets are surprisingly easy to make at home with stuff you probably already own.

I wasn't familiar with this product until I started seeing commercials for it and figured it would be useful for someone with allergies (like myself) who wakes up every morning with a stuffy nose. Still, they're expensive, especially for something you're going to let dissolve in water and run down the drain. Thankfully the blog Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity has a solution. These tablets are essentially just packed baking soda with some aromatics, so why not make them at home?

All you'll need for this project is a muffin tin, some baking soda, water and whatever aromatics you want to use. They use essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary — all of which are strong enough smells that you'll probably get a good nose-clearing punch out of them as they dissolve. Make a paste with the baking soda and water and include your essential oils. Leave them out overnight in a muffin tin, and you have your tablets.

Barring some magic chemical in the commercial version that makes them work better, this is a much cheaper alternative. Do you use those shower tablets? What do you think about the DIY version? Let us know in the comments.

Homemade "Vicks Vapor Shower Disks" [Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity via TipNut]


    how much water for how much baking soda, like what are the ratios?

    do these products actually exist? A Google search for “Vicks Vapor Shower Disks” shows entirely results for DIY articles like this one, not a single actual product mention. Can you buy them in OZ?

    They are called shower soothers in stores

    The product does exist. When they came out about 6 years ago, I bought them. Great product. Yes, expensive and according to several different websites, they're far more efficient to make yourself.

    Hi, I made these shower tablets, left them out overnight on bench & there still soggy. How do you make them firm?

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