Bombs away!

These days in Pittsburgh, I find myself sitting around waiting for signs of spring.  Until last weekend. I found the perfect remedy to beat the wintertime blues… BATH BOMBS!  What better way to treat yourself than soaking up warmth in a bath tub or hot tub, knowing you made your very own bath fizzy.

The ingredients and directions are quite simple, making these a fun Valentine’s Day treat for someone who may need some time out for themselves.Colorful Bath Bombs at MAKEnight

How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs


2 Teaspoons of Citric Acid

4 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

3 Teaspoons of Corn Starch

1 Teaspoon of Sugar

2 Drops of Food Coloring (Optional)

Essential Oils

Dried flowers, oatmeal, bath salt (Optional)

Spray Bottle



Mix the first 4 dry ingredients together.  If you prefer, add 2 drops of food coloring and mix.  Fill a spray bottle with water and add essential oils, drop by drop, to your desired strength.  Spray your dry ingredients with the water and oil mixture and stir. Keep repeating this step until the consistency is comparable to wet sand, or it sticks together when pinched.  It is very important that you do not dadd too much water, or it will begin to fizz.

Finally, press your bath bomb mixture into your desired mold.  You can use small cups, silicone ice cube trays, or a store bought plastic mold.

To use, fill a bath with warm water and add your bath bomb.  Relax and enjoy!

Rebecca has been a MAKESHOP intern, educator, Teaching Artist and Manager. She's also been a graphic designer, costume shop manager, shoe salesperson, and hair stand-in for Fabio.

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