You may have seen those pricey tablets in your local drugstore or 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 supposed to release fragrance and vapors to help clear your nose and throat, offering you a little allergy or sinus relief while you bathe—think of them as vapor 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 baked in, 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.