What’s that smell? – DIY Poo Fragrance Spray for the Bathroom

DIY Fragrance Spray for bathroom recipe. Just spray it in the bowl before you go and it blocks all the stink. Next (non) gag gift for the husband!

Because everyone poops! Or so says the classic children’s book. And because we’re talking about bodily fluids (solids), I’m really feeling a need for my inner 9 year old scouting self to let the potty jokes fly for sec. That’s what happens when you’re the local Cub Scout Bear leader, I guess. Join with me, this is a safe place.

Every old wench has her own special stench.
We all stink up the loo with our own distinct…
Poo Spray. The most craptastic stuff you’ve ever had the displeasure of needing.

I’ll spare you the rest because it only goes downhill from here.

So, this year for Christmas I bought my husband his own little bottle of the popular name brand  poo fragrance spray for the bathroom. He opened it and laughed and I laughed and then it got all awkward and he was like, “What an awesome gag gift!” and I sort of stopped laughing and was like, “Gag gift, nothin’! This is real. REAL!! My years of suffering have finally come to an end!!”

And now it has a permanent place of honor in our bathroom. Anyway, after experiencing this little magic in a bottle I can safely say he’s a fan too. And after I, ahem, put it to use, I thought I recognized a certain favorite smell: essential oils. After researching it further, I discovered all this poo fragrance spray for the bathroom is, is basically essential oil water all gussied up in some pretty brilliant packaging. Translation: perfect for an easy DIY’er project.

It works because the essential oils create a physical barrier, trapping the stinky smells below. Basically, you could have a chili cheese dawg blowout nightmare in the bathroom and no one would ever know. EVER. Is that incredible or what? Where was this during my dorm days?

Want order some of my favorite essential oils in for yourself? Get some here!

Make your own Poop Spray for crazy cheap! Blocks all the stinky smells in the toilet and leaves the bathroom smelling divine!

Ingredients for DIY Fragrance pre-spray for the Bathroom

1 tsp rubbing alcohol
30-40 drops of essential oil of choice (order my favorite brand here) – this time I used Lemongrass and Peppermint..


Pour rubbing alcohol in a 3 oz spray container and add essential oils. The alcohol keeps the oils from separating from the water, so you don’t have to shake it before each use. You can use any combination of oils that you’d like. Add water to fill the container. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to go! I’ve found 3-4 sprays is enough to cover the bowl and trap all of the stink particles below.

I’ve had family members try both products (original and homemade) in a double blind test and the results clearly indicate the DIY is just as effective as the original. In other words, we use them interchangeably and they both work great.

So, the cost breakdown.

Make your own fragrance for the bathroom for crazy cheap! Blocks all the stinky smells in the toilet and leaves the bathroom smelling divine!

The original big brand costs $9.95 for a 2 oz container. And that’s not including shipping. That’s $4.98 per ounce.

Our DIY Fragrance Spray for the bathroom recipe costs the following:

  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol: $.02 (At $2.29 per 16 oz bottle)
  • 30-40 drops my favorite brand of essential oils: around $.50 depending on oils used
  • Water: Free. Sure, I pay my water bill every month, but it’s a set amount so my bill would be the same whether I make this spray or not.

Total Cost: About $.52 for a 3 oz bottle. Or $.17 per ounce.

You guys. That’s more than a 96% savings!!!!!! And we didn’t even include shipping! Surely if that isn’t the definition of a Happy Money Saver moment, I don’t know what is.

I think this would be the perfect something to leave in a guest bathroom. Isn’t it the worst to have the #2’s hit while you’re at someone else’s home? This is right up there on the essential hosting needs list. Your guests will thank you. And maybe you’ll thank your guests when they put it to use. Win-win.

Let me know your favorite oil combinations—I think it would be fun to create different smells for each season. Summery citrus, woodsy fall, and cinnamon spice for winter. The combinations are endless!

And if you are interested in hearing about my favorite brand of essential oils click here, fill out your email address and I will let you know.


What’s that smell? – DIY Poo Fragrance Spray for the Bathroom was last modified: February 24th, 2017 by Jenny

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  1. Jeneane B. says:

    Thank you! I ordered $60 worth of Poo-Pourri for Christmas (much to my husband’s chagrin..”why do we need to spend $60 on poop spray?”) and while it works great, I found a lot of their formulas contain lemongrass oil, and it just isn’t my favorite scent. (It’s not bad…just not my favorite)

    I’d rather have a lavender-scented “throne”, so now I will! Thanks again for the recipe. 🙂

    • I love this stuff too! They have a Lavender Vanilla scent that I am newly in love with. I have tried to replicate and it just wasn’t the same unfortunately 🙁

      • There is an awesome essential oil blend called Serenity that contains Lavender and Vanilla. The Elevation, Balance and Citus Bliss (think Creamsicle) are all awesome too! I’m so excited to have found this and I am going to make some tonight! 🙂

      • Rita Holmes says:

        Make sure you use essential oil instead of fragrance oils. There is a huge difference.

        • For poo spray does it really matter?

          • Debbi Higgins says:

            You bet it matters. Essential Oils are NOT created equal, and many you find…even in the health food stores, over the counter, contain only a miniscule amount of pure essential oil. For one thing, you actually save money by using pure essential oils, as you are getting the lifeblood of the plant, and not some alcohol laced fragrance, as used in many craft oils. Also, you are reaping the healthy benefits, each oil provides. My oil of choice is Young Living, but as long as you use a pure essential oil, (there is a very short list) the benefits are amazing…..and you will be infusing beneficial oils into the room, as opposed to toxic ones.

          • There is an alternative to Poo Pourri and it’s much cheaper. It’s called Happy Flush “just before” Air Freshener and works on the same principle as Poo Pourri but has fragrances tailored to the British Market where it is made and sold – mainly fruity fragrances. It also uses a trigger spray – when I tried Poo Pourri once I got to half way down the bottle, it wouldn’t spray so half of the bottle got wasted. Happy Flush is only on sale in the UK at the moment but if you have friends or family there, they can always buy it for you. It only costs £4.99 which is almost half the price of the other brand.

            By the way, although you have all thought carefully about how to use esential oils, there is a lot more science to Happy Flush and Poo Pourri than you might think and it mat be safer to buy a product fit for its’ purpose. For example, Happy Flush is all natural and doesn’t contain alcohol, is recyclable and has a child proof lock on it. I love it !

          • Suzie,
            You do know that £4.99 is equal to $10 US so it isn’t half the cost it’s the same. It will end up being more as shipping to and from the UK is ridiculously expensive. In addition to avoid wasting half a bottle of anything spray related try turning the trigger so the tube is in the liquid when you tilt it.

          • I have to totally agree with Suzi. As I work for a company that makes consumer products, please remember what you put you own “poo fighter” as it is not preserved properly like the professional companies (we work with the company who makes Poo-Pourri) and the oils, water and alcohol can easily break down and cause harmful bacteria which can harm children. Just make sure its outs of their reach and used in a reasonable amount of time.

      • Please send info on your essential oils. And Also any info on making the Poo Pourie. Thanks, Marcia

  2. Sheila Criddell says:

    I am so excited to try this! My hubby thought it was a joke too…who are they kidding! I have everything on hand and can’t wait to try it!

  3. Wow! Still smiling about the lemon sugar scrub stuff…and happy to hear that my face gets a great moisturizing with olive oil every night…and now this…a product that may erradicate “that” smell…am I toxic on the bottled lemon juices’s preservatives that I just had to use for the lemon scrub instead of using real lemon juice?!!! Can’t wait to try this! So…does this spray come down in a “misty sort of shower” right on you or the toilet? I’m still going thru an odor naturalizer that, if I don ‘t put the lid down prior to sprayin, covers the seat in a thin “love mist”!

  4. Oh, I get it…it goes IN the bowl, not the air!!! Duhhhh!!!! This is going to be a major training session for our family….and I doubt any guests would know enough to spray it in the bowl….and here I was wondering what the oil would do to the flooring!! Geez! I’d have to figure out some sort of cute instruction tag….anyone clever enough to help me out……hint, hint…wink, wink!!???? 🙂

  5. Is that 30-40 drops of each scent or 30-40 drops total of the two combined….like twenty of each.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      It is 30-40 drops total. So I used about 20 drops of Lemongrass and 20 drops of peppermint. hope it works as well for you as it did for me! 🙂

      • I did the peppermint on it’s own once.. it was kind of extra warm on the tushy private area. Also for those moments you are not at home .. Keep a 5ml bottle of EO in your purse to sprinkle in 2 drops in potty before sitting 😉

        • Nurse Sherri says:

          I worked as a registered nurse on a surgery unit. For patients who had trouble urinating that first time after spinal anesthesia (which numbs you for hours from the waist down) we would put peppermint oil in the bed pan or urinal. For a lot of people, it works. For others, we threatened them by simply placing the largest catheter we have on the end table where they can see it, as motivation. Of course we used a much smaller size in reality but they don’t know that… anyway, thought I’d share.

      • Lee Ann Petersen says:

        How much water?

        • Mrs. Carina Traficante says:

          I’m also wondering how much water to the given recipe! So far haven’t found an answer except, alittle further reading after the recipe, a 3oz plastic bottle is mentioned. So I assume the recipe measurements of the essential oil & the alcohol then the water in the amount to fill the 3oz bottle. Guess we’ll see once we whip it up! Good luck to us both lol!

  6. Oh yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus…………and he also brought my husband some Poo Pourri this past Christmas. This stuff is a Godsend !! It absolutely does work. Can’t wait to try making my own !

  7. I can not believe I have never heard of this before. Have to try making it after looking up the prices online!

    • You have to watch the commercial for the product on youtube. that is how I first heard about the amazing product!

  8. What kind of bottle did you put this in? Plastic? I tried I with just tea tree oil, that’s all I had but I ordered a variety of essential oils, and the plastic bottle I used stopped working after two days. I was looking at glass bottles on amazon but I’m not sure what to get. Do you think the essential oil is too strong for the plastic? Have you had any problems with your bottles?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t had any problems with the plastic bottles. The original poo Pourri bottles are also plastic and they work! 🙂

      • I just got my essential oils in the mail today so I can’t wait to mix up a few batches! I got Vitacost brand w/my $10 credit. I know they are not as good quality as the ones you recommend but I thought it was a good way to use my credit on something I wanted to try out.

    • Since I bought a couple bottles from the Original Poo Pourri
      I just re-use the bottles they came in after first rinsing them
      out between scents.

    • Though I have not tried this , I did make some mosquitoe spray, basically same recipe, and I reused my, and my husband’s spray bottles. Buying spray bottles is hit and miss. Some have faulty pumps. You may have to spend a little more:/

    • Actually if you used citrus essential oil…lemon, orange, etc., it will eat through the plastic eventually, depending on how much oil versus other ingredients you have. I learned this the hard way. I used plastic cups for my gargling combo and when I got up in the morning, the bottom of the cups had holes in the bottom where some of the oil was still clinging to the plastic. I’ve also learned since you can even do an experiment with lemon oil and a Styrofoam cup. Put oil and water in it and where the oil. sits on top of the water, you will see it starts leaking a whole all the way around the cup. So you don’t want to use plastic with citrus oil, especially if drinking it because it will absorb the chemicals in the plastic as well and guess where they will be going. I learn something new every day it seems, and not always in a good way.

      • I don’t know if they have them where you live, but Whole Foods Markets sell both essential oils and glass spray bottles. I’m going to try that because I was thinking of using a grapefruit essential oil I just came across. So glad I read your comment before mixing up a batch a ruining a plastic spray bottle.

      • Since they eat through plastic and Styrofoam, aren’t you concerned about what these oils are doing to your insides?

        • When my wife does classes on the oils, she’s very careful to let people know how to use oils properly. As the old saying goes, “a little dab’ll do ya!” You don’t need much pure essential oils (like from Young Living) to help with what you’re needing, but you’re also supposed to use the Oil Guide to know how to use each oil. Most oils have numerous uses, and they range from topical, internal, with/without carrier oils (olive, coconut, etc. oil), and in cleaning, cooking, or diffusing. As for eating through plastics etc, that’s actually a good thing when used properly. The natural composition of essential oils, when used rightly, will actually help your body detoxify from all of the harmful chemicals we’re so used to putting in/on our bodies. My wife often tells people to take it slow at first because your body’s not used to the oils. And what with the new FDA regulations, I don’t know how “compliant” this answer is, but I hope it helps you before/if it gets flagged and removed!

        • SamiamHis says:

          Ummm, I am not swallowing this homemade product. I am spraying in on the surface of the water in the toilet bowl before I poo. Not too worried about my insides with this product.

        • You can probably use olive oil and it will work since it, too coats the top of the water.

        • The oil doesn’t touch your insides, they ae just sprayed in the toilet,

      • Stellar says:

        The essential oils will not eat through the plastic bottle they are diluted in enough water for them not to leach through the plastic.

    • A great quality (think Young Living) essential oil will eat plastic, unless it’s a “surgical grade” plastic.

    • I heard that you should only use glass bottles for eo’s… Does something change when you mix them with alcohol and water?

      • Happy.MoneySaver says:

        Since it is such a small bottle you can use a plastic bottle. But if you were making a larger recipe that would keep for a longer amount of time I would store it in a glass bottle.

    • I know this is late to the party but tea tree oil breaks down rubber and some plastic. How do I know? When my MIL and I saw a dropper bottle top from our tea tree oil had gone the way of the Wicked Witch of the West. It was liquid. Another reason why you need to be extremely care about putting some oils directly on your body. 🙁

      • Some essential oils will eat petro chemicals. Because the oils are carbon based just like our bodies, they are perfectly safe to put on your skin. However, there are some oils, such as oregano, that are “hot” oils and need to be used with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc.). If you find that an oil is irritating your skin, add a bit of carrier oil and you’ll be good to go.

    • I use a glass bottle (go to eBay way cheaper then Amazon) as essential oils can break down plastic.

    • It’s best to store any product containing essential oils in a glass container. They do degrade plastic over time. Citrus oils, because of their acidity, will break down plastic faster. This won’t happen overnight, but it can clog the sprayer.

    • The essential oils are extremely potent and will break down most plastics unless they are what is called “PET” or “PETE”. This kind of plastic carries one of those words along with a triangle with the number “1” in the triangle. It can usually be found on the bottom of the plastic container in raised lettering, and/or printed somewhere else, like on the label. PET or PEET plastics are an amazing invention. There is a whole story behind them. They can be endlessly recycled into new and very widely varied products, even clothing. These plastics are ideal for use with essential oils and other volatile liquids. For more information, Google PET or PETE plastics and you will probably find something in Wikipedia as well. The alternatives to plastic are amber or cobalt blue or other dark glass bottles–dark to protect the oils from breaking down–or I’ve heard people say they are using aluminum spray bottles. Any of these can be purchased online, with any of a variety of options for lids, sprayers (including trigger sprayers). Bottle companies have a huge variety of colors, sizes, shapes, of many different containers. There are roll-on containers, good for essential oils blended with a carrier oil, so they can be used on skin. Also, lip balm containers–(push-up kind or little “pots”); inhalers, and a wide variety of containers for DIY creams, shampoos, lotions, massage oils, you name it. You can also find a ton of stuff through Amazon…pretty much anything you need for storing your essential oils (sectioned wood, plastic, or cloth boxes and bags)…I recommend wood…just my personal preference; tools for blending, tiny funnels, special “keys” for removing the roller balls from roll-on tubes, all kinds of specialty oils for skin, massage, carrier oils, etc. You can find many kinds/scents and brands of essential oils, fragrance oils, and even diffusers on Amazon. Just do your research on oil brands, purity, quality, and read consumer comments, questions/answers and reviews. Never hesitate to use Google to search for whatever it is you need. Likewise, Amazon is an excellent resource.

  9. Anita Sharp says:

    This is great!! I will hunt down some essential oils and get to work…Ummm….One question….Does one spray the bowl before or after relieving oneself?

    • Before! 🙂

    • Michele Service says:

      You squirt in 4-6 sprays on the surface of the water in the toilet bowl BEFORE…the liquid provides a barrier on the water so that no smell escapes from whatever goes into the bowl! Poo-pourri works like magic–can’t wait to try making some of my own!! 🙂

      • Using the original Poo Pourri, I have found 1-3 sprays (max.) on top of the water in the bowl is *more* than sufficient. One spray usually does the job for me. It’s also cheaper and goes farther. It makes sense that Poo Pourri would encourage you to use more, possibly, than you might actually need. After all, they are in business to make money, as well as providing an excellent, effective, and fun product for the customer to enjoy.

  10. Awesome! I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with this DIY poo pourri. Thanks! 🙂

  11. Lori Flores says:

    Made the DIY poo pourri and I have to say it smells great and works even better. Thanks so much!!!

  12. I’m curious how you do the math on the essential oils? When a small bottle is $20 how to you know you only used 50cent worth of it with 30-40 drops?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I think it depends on what brand of essential oils you use. This was made with some essential oils my mother gave me before we switched over to DoTerra and it worked great! If you use a higher quality oil it may be a little more expensive but still a great deal!

    • Math is 600 drops per liquid ounce (actually 591.471 drops/oz, I am rounding up). $20 divided by 600 is approx .03 a drop. If you use 20 drops, your cost is $0.60 cents. If you use 40 drops, your cost is $1.20.

  13. Where do you buy the essential oils

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Here is a great start to buying DoTerra essential oils! Other brands are offered at Whole Food stores, most natural food stores and online including Amazon. They will change your life! 🙂

  14. Where do you get your spray bottles? I have been looking in stores everywhere (Canada). Want to get some that are cheap. Keep cost down.

  15. Jeanelle says:

    I love this stuff and have made my first batch. I am also having trouble with the spray bottles, and I have used several different kinds. After a couple days it is like they get clogged and there is no getting it spraying again. Does anyone have any remedies or suggestions? I have the actual stuff too, and it doesn’t clog, so I can’t figure it out.

    • Hey Jeanelle! I found a spray bottle similar to the one Karrie used at Target and I haven’t had one problem with it clogging. I found it in the travel section for $1. Hope that helps!

    • you can use eye droppers or bottles like eye drops come in only bigger size you don’t have to use spray bpttles.

      • Thanks. I was wondering if an eye dropper would work.

        • Will using an eye dropper disperse it well enough or will it just sit in a big drop on the water surface?

          • I think drops would work. I use a product called “Just a Drop”, that uses two drops. It disperses evenly. I don’t want people to have to get so close to the bowl to spray. I will definitely try it!

  16. So, does this cause a film to form around the bowl, does it make to where you have to clean the toilet more often?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t had a problem with film in the toilet bowl. But I do know when a bowl smells nice, I am more likely to clean it more often! 🙂

  17. I’m curious as to whether it would be a good idea to spray it in preparation for guests. Is there any problem with it sitting a while? One of our friends has a problem and has been known to leave the bathroom less than fresh.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Great description–love “less than fresh!” 🙂 I haven’t tried letting it sit for too long but maybe you could talk it up about how amazing it is and then have it on the throne ready for use! I always appreciate a great smelling toilet so I say give it spray and see how it goes!

  18. violetrose says:

    I know this is a good solution, but rubbing alcohol is bad for the environment.

  19. This stuff works so great. We keep it on our office for our uhhhh….smellier people. I love it, so I am looking forward to trying a less expensive version!

  20. Thanks for sharing! This sounds so easy, the hardest part will be convincing my husband to actually use it!

  21. Just curious what happens if one were to drop the kids off at the pool and they happened to have their “floatation devices” attached? How would this product keep certain unpleasantries contained in this case? Hope you know what I’m getting at here? 🙂

  22. do we ever worry about sending oil down the toilet – after awhile will it cause any problems?

    • Do you send toilet bowl cleaner down the toilet? I’d say that’s far worse than oils, especially since oils are contained in the foods we eat, and therefore also in the packages we naturally create for the toilet. The sewer system is very much capable of dealing with this stuff at the quantities in question. I might be -slightly- concerned about using it with a septic tank, but even then it’s almost certainly fine.

  23. Liudmila says:

    So when&how you use it?

  24. How much water did you use?

    1tsp Alcohol
    30-40 Drops Essential Oil

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I added the alcohol and essential oils in my container first and then filled the rest of the bottle up with water so I didn’t measure it! I used a 2 oz container so probably just under 2 oz water with those measurements. 🙂

      • Stephanie says:

        I love this stuff! My grandma got me hooked because she has at least two bottles in every one of her bathrooms lol I am definitely making it for my apartment bathrooms instead of paying a ridiculous amount on the actual stuff!
        Anyway, I have one question. In your directions it says to use a 3 oz bottle, but here you say you used a 2 oz bottle…what would you recommend to use?
        Thanks! :]

        • Happy.MoneySaver says:

          My bad! I have made this recipe with different size bottles. Follow the recipe above with a 3 ounce bottle!! Sorry for the confusion! 🙂

  25. I saw you on Pinterest! My daughter gave me Poo Pourrii for a gag gift also and I liked the smell but didn’t really think it worked. Then I gave the Santa one to the kids in their stockings this year and they taught me it really did work – I just had to spray it in first. It is super expensive so I am thrilled to find this. Now I just need to find my bottles of lavender essential oils!

  26. Hello just wondering if it is ok in a septic tank ? and I don’t understand the alcohol thing ! is it what we drink or a special thing for mixing with oils . thanks Eve

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      The alcohol used is rubbing alcohol which is usually found by the medical supplies or hygiene departments. You do not drink it but add it to the oils to help create a more pleasant smell in the toilet. I haven’t had a problem with my septic tank. It only uses a couple squirts out of a 2 ounce bottle. 🙂

  27. I LOVE this DIY recipe. I found this product in a cute little “unique gifts” store 4 or so yrs ago. I bought 2 bottles. It was a huge hit in my house of boys but we quickly ran out & the store I bought it at was about an hr or so drive from me… not worth the drive to get more. One bottle for our bathroom & one for my purse. Since I suffer from gastrointestinal issues, well you just N.E.V.E.R. know when good ol’ poo pourri will come in handy. Now I can make bottles for everyone LOL boys in college will love them. Hubby can keep one in his work truck haha and momma can have different scents to keep in the purse. I like the suggestion earlier of scents for seasons 🙂 srsly super excited to start mixing up bottles of this magic toilet potion haha 😀

  28. Just finished making mine. Eden’s Garden Grapefruit and Sweet Orange used. I have yet to “test” it lol.

    My boyfriend didn’t think I was serious about making this product, so he’s in for a surprise today.

  29. Oh sh*t! I am so excited to try this! I have been buying this stuff for a year now and while I totally love it, I don’t love the price. I actually saved a couple empty bottles just in case I ever figured out how to make my own. Now I’m so glad that I did! Yay! Thank you thank you!

  30. I made this and it works!!!!! I use lemon/eucalyptus as my essential oil scent. I definitely recommend this to anyone!

  31. Toni K. says:

    I stumbled onto this page from a pinterest link today and am so happy I did. I cannot wait to try this!! Very excited to see all of your other DIY stuff too. Thanks for sharing!

  32. I’ve got to try this out! I got my fiancé some of the brand name spray for Christmas and have been really enjoying that he’s using it, but it’s running low and I was just wondering whether or not to order more. Thanks so much for the idea!

  33. My mom and grandma swear by this stuff! I prefer to skip a few steps and add a few drops of essential oil straight to the toilet water, but this makes a fantastic gift idea 🙂

  34. Wish I knew about this 10 minutes ago! I have everything on hand, however the Mr. is in the throne room!!!! Going with Lavender/Sandlewood! Thanks for the recipe!

  35. If you can’t find a spray bottle that doesn’t gum up, try using a dropper. Just-A-Drop is essentially the same thing, works just as well and is dropped into the bowl instead of sprayed. You could likely find a small dropper bottle that would fit better in a purse…

    • I put some in a travel perfume atomizer and so far it works great. I’m a little wary of a dropper bottle in my purse. Do they ever leak?

  36. Has anyone tried to make it with any other oils? looking to make something with less or no scent.

    • Just using plain mineral oil would theoretically work without the scent. That’s assuming that the oil spreading over the water really does block 100% of the nastiness. I suspect it probably really only blocks 80%-90% and that the odor of the essential oils masks the rest, but it would be really interesting to try it.

  37. Excellent product and one that can be carried discreetly in one’s purse. I bought my bottles at amazon and they are just the right size. I found that if you use a tablespoon of alcohol instead then it cuts down on the scent. Found this out by mistake. But the original formula is perfect.

  38. Just wondering if anyone has good suggestions for which scents they like best? Which scent of oils to use?

  39. Great idea I will give this a go tonight does anyone know if it would work with Polysorbate 20 rather than Rubbing Alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is harder to find in the UK

  40. Brilliant idea!

    I’m gonna give this a try – but has anyone else actually tried it and actually works? I know some just drop the oil directly into the bowl, and while my sis tried this (and swore it didn’t smell), hubs went in there and he could smell “something”. Has anyone done this and had someone else do the sniff check afterward (I’m sorry, I know thats kinda gross!)?

    And yes, what are some other scent combinations that people have tried? I’m looking for something thats not as lemony / potent as the original, something a bit more subtle!

    • I use this spray ALLLL the time. My husband uses it as well (I had to make him one to take to work). You can use any essential oil combination you prefer (I have a few different ones: grapefruit/lime, lemon/lime and a clary sage)

    • I JUST made this after someone took a dump, and it COMPLETELY covered the smell. (I didn’t know it’s supposed to be used before the deed is done, but it worked just as well afterwards!) I used tea tree and lemon. I knew it would be a good combo because I use that combo for my kitchen wipes.

  41. I made several of these tonight, it looks like there is still some separation of the oil and water even with the addition of the alcohol by the color that seems to settle on the top. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • Lynn Zormeier says:

      Yes, mine still separates. I even tried adding twice as much rubbing alcohol. Frustrating. So I added “Shake” as the first step on my label.

  42. What makes the original Poo Pourri that white color, that when you spray in toilet it floats down and looks like milky white cloudy water.. Which is not bad… just saying that what ever is in the original Poo Pourri, it is always a bright white color to it and doesn’t seem oily… Also NEVER, clogs the spray bottles.. Any idea what causes the nice looking White creamy color of the original??

    • I just mixed some up using Eucalyptus and Lavendar Essential Oils and it turned white in color. Not sure which one did it because I didn’t notice it until I added the water. Smells good and I’m hoping it works – if so, I’ll be taking it on our cruise in January!!

    • The original also contains a surfactant (soap/detergent) that emulsifies fat/oil, and absorbs odors such as sulphur. Also keeps the bottle from clogging and the bowl from getting an oily ring-around-the-bowl, and keep the plumbing pipes clean. Large sewage treatment plants use surfactants in their processing. Some surfactants are environmentally-toxic, some not. My guess is a little detergent .would work. Pick one that doesn’t foam up too much. You can low-foam shampoos and body gels at any health food store.

      • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin.

      • Gail Sprague says:

        Wouldn’t adding soap break down the oil and defeat the product doing it’s job. The oil floating on the top creates a barrier that keeps the smell trapped under the water. If you break down the oil, it no longer works.

      • Linda, how do you know that the original recipe contains a surfactant? I agree with Gail Sprague who says that “adding soap break down the oil and defeat the product doing it’s job”. By the way, I tried to use a bit of surfactant, but I did not get the expected result – my “poo spray” was creamy-colored and I saw how it penetrated deep into water. There was not any barrier layer on the water surface.
        Additionally, I can not understand how emulsified oil can create a layer on the surface of water. From my point of view, it will not work.
        By the way, Happy.MoneySaver, I thank you very much for your recipe! It really works, but… it clogs the spray cap. So I am looking for the right ingredient which will help to avoid such problem.

        • Hi Yunni,

          Did you manage to get the right ingrediants i.e. mixing oil and water together without breaking down the oil?I also faced the same problem when adding soap. Not sure if the amount of soap matters? anyway, if you have worked it out please kindly share! thank you.

  43. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. I’m in the UK and the guy in the hardware store told me methylated spirits is the same thing as rubbing alcohol but I’m not sure that it is. Would it be ok to substitute it?

  44. Can you use home fragrance oils?

  45. Hi Karrie!
    This is just a great idea! I tried it exactly how you described and it worked wonderfully! I used tea tree oil and lavender oil in mine and it smells wonderful!
    I wanted to pass on my own tip for you and your followers: I put some of the spray in a very small spray bottle I got in the travel section of the drug store and keep it at my desk at work for when nature calls at the office! It’s pocket sized, very discreet, and works like magic! Because nothing is worse than trying to avoid eye contact with a coworker at the sink!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  46. What brand of essential oils did you use?

  47. So happy to try this! Thank you!
    Just took delivery of my dark glass spray bottles this morning and have made a mixture of Bergamot and Ylang Ylang. Can’t wait for the first guinea pig to test it out! LOL

    P.S.Rubbing alcohol is better known in the UK as Isopropyl Alcohol or IPA.

  48. I don’t usually use this kind of language but this was too funny!
    Give 2 or 3 Spritz
    Before you have a Sit
    And you won’t smell the Sh*t!

  49. I bought a 1 ounce bottle of “Atomic Fart Remover” that was a DIY product from a local in East TX, when we passed through there. It says eucalyptus and spearmint on her sweet label and I love the smell!
    I bought it as a gag gift, I really thought it was a joke, lol
    I was amazed that it worked
    I started trying to make my own concoction that was never as effective, now after reading your post, I realize I was using enough oil. Thank you
    I buy oils on the candle aisle in Walmart and I also buy travel spray bottles from Walmart’s toiletry dept.
    Thanks again

    • CraftingMom says:

      I don’t use that much essential oil because I add sweet almond oil or you could add a bit of JoJoba or corn oil to help create the oil barrier slick that seals in the odors.

  50. Love this! Thank you!
    One if Poo-Pourri’s slogans is
    “Just one spray before you go.
    And no one else will ever know. “

  51. Thank you for sharing this. But as I remind my wife (who’s your conceptual twin, with chickens and all) your time is worth money too.

    • True, but this would be so quick that, unless your job makes major bucks, it’s totally worth your time to DIY rather than buy the brand name.

  52. I use rose water for a few things in my skin/hair care so thought why not use that instead of regular water? I already buy it in bulk so it’s not a huge extra cost (only $6 per 600ml) so mixed it with lavender oil and it’s a great combo!

  53. can tea tree oil be used with peppermint oil?

  54. I love this stuff! My favorite scent is now $19.95 for a 2 oz. bottle – ouch! I’ll be making my own as soon as I get some essential oils. Any suggestions on duplicating the scent that is reminiscent of the original coppertone suntan lotion? Thanks!
    By the way, I always pack this stuff on vacation – sharing a single hotel bathroom with a friend while traveling is no longer embarrassing or awkward!

  55. I discovered the poo-potpourri spray while on a houseboat vacation this year. Needless to say everyone used it and everyone was equally grateful! I loved it and now that I found this, I will definitely make my own. Thank you so much!

  56. lizzette carta says:

    Wonderful ! I did it and I’m impressed with the results. I used a plastic bottle… thank you

  57. I would add a bit of Dr. Bronner’s pure Castile soap (always gives wAter that milky white color just like the original spray).

  58. Jenn Copeland says:

    I found your blog on Pinterest. I have NEVER left a comment on a blog when I’m happily pinning away, but I just wanted to tell how your crazy, silly, hysterical puns and poopisms made me crack up! Thanks for the amazing diy (which I am making ASAP!) and for the great belly busting laugh! I will be back!

  59. This is great! I am always so embarrassed when I have to go #2 anywhere but at my home..this should help a lot!

  60. The milky white color is probably from polysorbate 20. It’s an emulsifier to keep the water and oil from separating. I am just assuming it is in the ingrediants.

  61. It makes great deodorant too!!

  62. I’ve never used “essential oils”. Are they the same as the type of oils used in baking? I guess my question is could I use the peppermint oil sold in supermarkets for this recipe? Thanks for the great idea!

  63. Thinking of making quite a few of these for FE gifts for my up coming Disney cruise next year. Trying to think of a cute slogan to put on the side of the bottle…
    “Winnie you have to Pooh Poo Spray” with a picture of Winnie the Pooh on it.
    Any other cute sayings?

    • keeping with the winnie the pooh theme you could have one say “Tigger’s poo trigger” or “Fix the stink with spray from Tink” if you want to expand to other Disney members.

  64. Gail Sprague says:

    Did I do something wrong? I got 3oz plastic spray bottles from Target, the mixture (40 drops lemongrass ess oil, tsp rubbing alc, fill to top w/water.) The top of the bottle seems to be melting., colapsing down into the bottle.

    • There are some oils that cannot be used with plastics. You can get ones meant for oils on Amazon or places like Aromatools.com They are about $2 a 2 oz bottle. You can even get them in different colors. Just make sure they are compatible with essential oils.

    • pat kaufman says:

      I am an Essential Oils representative and we have been told that you should never use citrus oils in plastic because it cases the plastic to deteriorate. If you put a drop of citrus oil on a Styrofoam plate there will be a hole in the Styrofoam within a few minutes. You should always use glass bottles.

  65. Love this stuff! I work in a small doctors office. To top it off all 4of us have allergies to perfumes. I made it some, put it in the staff bathroom……… Success! My co workers remind me when it needs to be refilled. I use Clary Sage and Peppermint.

  66. I saw this on a shopping channel and was going to order it. Very glad I saw the DIY version. Gonna make it. Thanks!!!!!

  67. I’m so happy that someone has finally come up with the recipe for this! I buy my essential oils at Bulk Apothecary online (https://www.bulkapothecary.com), they are super inexpensive and the quality is easily as good as DoTerra! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  68. Witch hazel instead of alcohol.

  69. Fantastic! I thought the biggest compliment I could give you would be to bring readers to your site. I mentioned this spray in a recent post and linked it to your site. If you don’t like how I have introduced my readers to the “happy money saver.” I could most certainly remove it. But I think you will find it entertaining. This product is a must have. Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner is my question. Love your site!

  70. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Must be divine intervention! I was just looking online to buy the “real” thing earlier today. I had planned on putting my order in tonight. Thought I’d get on Pinterest just to see if someone had broken the code. Took 2 minutes to gather and make! Best DIY evah!

  71. Any idea what makes the original Poo pourr look whitish and you can then see the film on the top of the toilet water. Thanks

  72. do you add water to this or you are referring to the water in the toilet bowl. Just one tsp of alcohol to the 40 drops of oil right?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Yes, you do add water to the mixture. Put the alcohol and the oil in the container and then fill the rest of it with water. 🙂

  73. Has anyone tried this with fragrance oils vs essential oils?

  74. Is tea tree oil considered “essential oil”? I have some of that and lavender oil that I got at the health food store for some kind of hair treatment. Will that work for this?

  75. CraftingMom says:

    I like Rosemary Essential oil mixed with lemon, ylang ylang and maybe something else. I did re-use some empty 2 to 4 ounce spray bottles from various products. I copied and pasted images from the real product and an image of Sean Connery. Printed them out on UPS sticky label paper and voila! Gifts for the man in my life’s home and mine. My friend used it as perfume and smelled quite nice! It is essential oil after all. I add a bit of sweet almond oil also and use less drops of essential oil to add to the barrier layer of film on the toilet bowl water. The Sean Connery saying is cute, ends in “smells just like sh*tris!”because of his accent, get it? LOL!!! I would never pay for something soooo easy to make up.

  76. Bess Kannan says:

    go to the poo-pourri website for the different fragrances available and the cute poems on them!

  77. Dippity-Doo says:

    I love this stuff…but c’mon ladies, let’s get real here. It’s NOT just the men/hubbies that are prone to needing the spray. Just being fair! 🙂 So get your spray on!!

  78. I made this is a gallon jug and filled 20 6 oz bottles and 10 travel size atomizers purchased from http://www.midwestbottles.com I made up my own name and created cute labels. Fleur De Poo #2 spray! Ha!

  79. can’t wait to make some! any recipes to regrow hair for men?

  80. Christina says:

    In lieu of the alcohol you can use Polysorbate 20 which I’m pretty sure the PP uses. It will keep the oil suspended evenly throughout and you can buy a big big bottle fairly cheap online.

    But those of you that want to skip that altogether, just dropping a few drops of any oil directly onto the water will work just the same if not better since its not diluted.

  81. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve been using the store bought and I’m so glad to find there is an alternative for that as well. Going to make some soon.

  82. Made it. Used lavender essential oils… This can also be sprayed on linens… I have never bought the original – not a fan of flushing $ down the toilet so I can’t compare. Thank you for this post!

  83. I just made a batch tonight and it’s working fine. I purchased the 3 oz bottle from Dollarama for $1.25 and it came with two other travel mini bottles. I used clove scented oil from the Bulk Barn. I attempted to purchase rubbing alcohol this evening but soon realized that the grocery store doesn’t sell rubbing alcohol after the pharmacy closes -who knew?… On the way home I recalled that I had some horrible tasting undrinkable Pine flavoured vodka (tastes like turpentine); but the pine did work well with the clove oil. As the vodka was 40% alcohol -I doubled it up (partly to get rid of it…) to get closes to the 90% alcohol content of rubbing alcohol.

  84. Does anyone have ideas for scent combos I can try that DEFINITELY WILL NOT melt plastic bottles? Ill most likely get the little travel sized spray bottles, so which oils are safe to use with those? Is it just citrus that seem to cause problems? Any help would be appreciated 🙂

  85. My favorite is the Citrus Mint from Poo Pourri. What combination of essential oils would I use to re-create this scent? I’m not a fan of Lemon Grass at all so I hope that won’t be one of them…

    One of my former co-workers bought sample hair spray bottles (black plastic bottles) from the grocery store and poured it out. After washing it out and letting it dry, she used it to make her DIY Poo Poo spray. She said it works great! Now, I can’t wait to try this!

  86. Becki Swindell says:

    I used orange and lavender and it it amazing. If you use a glass spray bottle, available at Whole Foods you avoid the citrus/plastic issue!

  87. I thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ll surely try it. But for those who are just learning about Poo-pourri, and do not want to try a DIY version, you can get the original at Bed Bath and Beyond, which is cheaper than buying it at the specialty boutiques, and even less when you use one of their coupons !

    • Don’t risk setting your self on fire mixing alcohol with oil in a home kitchen lab or melting plastic all over your home! But do use something to fight the bathroom smells. Don’t pay the high boutique rates for other similar products and back a UK company which uses all natural, UK sourced ingredients which don’t leave stains on the bowl. It also comes in six amazing and different fragrances (non of which are lemon grass!) Happy Flush is a new high quality product for the bathroom. It comes in at almost half the price of the competition and can be bought direct from the manufacturer on the web, cutting out all those unnecessary, cost adding middle men.


      🙂 enjoy

  88. I will be making some of this to take along on visits to my family. I hate stinking up their bathrooms!!

  89. I have an ostomy and always worried about odor when emptying my pouch in a public restroom. Last Sunday at church I spritzed the toilet bowl 3 or 4 times with the DIY poo spray (lavender) then sprayed the air a couple of times for good measure before emptying. A little girl about 4 years old entered the adjacent stall after insisting her mom wait outside the door. She peed, then informed her mom, “I’m pooping, too.” After a short pause, she said, “It smells good in here! I can’t even smell my poop!” I appreciated the reassurance that this stuff does indeed work.
    I had bought several bottles of Poo-pourri as Christmas gifts, but it was too expensive for me to use as often as I need it.

  90. Jessica Merrill says:

    Made my own today used Tangerine from Vitamin shoppee only 2.99 a bottle for the oil so cheap!!!! I love it ! It works great!

  91. My husband thinks this stuff is awesome! He’s the one who reminds me “hey, we’re out of poop spray!” My choice essential oils to use are lemongrass, bergamont and pink grapefruit. Such a clean smell. I even recycled a tiny spray perfume bottle to make a tiny purse size spray.

  92. Does the poo poo spray work for strong smelling urine? Also, I used your brand of essential oils, can you put them in a plastic bottle, for spraying counters and such.

  93. I am wanting to make the freshener spray, but how much water? I do not see how much in the description. Thanks!!!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Add the alcohol and oils in the bottle then fill the water up to make the bottle. This recipe is for a 3-ounce bottle of the poo fragrance spray

  94. To get rid of bad poo smells you can also light a match….simple but effective.

  95. Thanks so much for your recipe and comments. And you, too, participants. I’ve been using the store bought since seeing the first commercials on TV. The original irritates my lips. So OKAY, why is it on your lips, ya’ll ask? LOL Just the oils coming up from toilet and little bit in air is all that is needed. It may be the Grapefruit Oil. So I purchased the Lavender/Vanilla and it doesn’t cause the irritation. FYI… I planned a trip out today, 20 mi round trip, to pick up a bottle at BBB but now don’t have to. And it is snowing so I’m really looking forward to spending day inside, enjoying rare snow in comfort of home. For starters I’m using essential oils Lavender and Eucalyptus. I’ve ordered Lemon Essential Oil from Amazon and have here Orange. Looking forward to playing with combinations. Thanks so much.

  96. Do you think this is safe enough to use in the kitty box?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t thought of that before! I think it would be safe enough because everything is so diluted.

    • Please DO NOT USE essential oils around cats! Although natural, I have heard/seen around the internet they are not pet safe. Besides, if I do anything different with the box, new brand of litter, etc……she will go anywhere else, usually somewhere she shouldn’t! Cats do not like change!

  97. A few tips —

    1) You still have to double flush when necessary. Don’t make the spray over work.

    2) Close the lid before flushing – when there is a lid.

    3) on the plastic bottle. I looked on the bottom of my brand name one and it has a resin ID number of 1.

    I suggest we look for plastic bottles with that number to avoid the melting some are experiencing. My original pourri bottle is a stronger harder plastic. 🙂

    Can’t wait to make mine!! Thanks for this recipe!

  98. I have used poopourri brand and LOVE it. However, it is way too pricey for me. Can’t wait to try this.

  99. In my earlier post, I spoke of spray bottles that needed to have a resin ID # of 1 just like the original bottles. Well I found them!! Go to Sally’s Beauty Supply and they have 3 ounce spray bottles with that same resin number.

    With that it’s less likely to melt or deteriorate. In my neck of the woods they cost $2.09. Yahoooo!! You’re looking for the Salon Care Fingertip Sprayer.

  100. Not sure if this was mentioned already (too many comments) but I’d invest in glass spray bottles. True essential oils (not chemical reproductions) such as Karries brand she uses of essential oils will breakdown plastic over time. In particular, citrus oils. One drop of lime or lemon eats through Styrofoam in seconds. Been using the same brand of oils you use for years; amazing stuff. Happy flushing!!

  101. I have never purchased essential oils before, and I see that they come in various sizes. How many ounces does 30-40 drops equal?

  102. Yes, that helps. Thank you so much!

  103. Any rough idea regarding the “shelf life” of the DIY spray?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Since it’s such a small bottle I use the spray until it gets low and then make another recipe in it so I am not sure how long it would last. I would say if you haven’t used it in 6 months you should toss it but really everyone should be using this spray as often as possible! 🙂

  104. Thanks for the recipe. Id like to remind everyone that real essential oils will breakdown plastic. Glass spray bottles are available all over and arent too expensive. Save your family from toxic residue. ☺

  105. II am considering selling them. Has anyone an idea of how long is its durability (Last long … day … month?)?

    When to start Essential oils lose their scent?

  106. Sara Montenegro says:

    Fabulous. Please share with me other combinations of essential oils. I’m planning to prepare a few as Christmas present.

  107. I usually buy the poo-pourri but it can get a little expensive. Would love to b able to make it myself. Save me alot of money.

  108. I buy these aluminum spray bottles through Amazon, they work really well with essential oils and hold 4oz.
    Having many young grandkids, glass is not an option for me.
    BTW, Poo-Pourrie has one called “Trap A Crap” that we love, all the grandkids now call all the sprays I make, by that name.

    4oz Bullet-style Aluminum Fine Mist Spray / Atomizer Bottles: 6-pack
    Never Pay Retail Again Inc.
    Sold by: Eclectic Supply

  109. Thanks so very much for the info and the recipe. Please send me more info on the essential oils that you feel are your favorite as well as any others.

    Looking forward to more information from you and once again ” Thank You!!!”

  110. Interested in essential oils but cant find in my city.

  111. Thanks for da ideas

  112. What brand essential oil do you use?
    Please let me know what oils you have mixed together for the perfect smell.

  113. I bought on of these for my mother, she had colon cancer and because they took a foot of her colon out her poop really smells bad so she uses sprays. Thanks great product.

  114. So, for clarification, are you using a plastic spray bottle and the EO’S don’t eat away at it??

  115. I would like more information on essential oils such as how to use them, cost, and where to buy quality oils.

  116. Barbara Schubach says:

    Thank you. I’m a new DYIer and this is a great starter.

  117. How long does the solution last until it goes bad? Is there something we can add as a preservative? Thanks!

  118. I would like info on your favorite oils! Thanks

  119. I always fought is was Pledge in a bottle! I thought for sure it was simply repackaged and purposes wood cleaner. Thank you for the recipe! We really need it in my house!

  120. I’ve been using straight peppermint eseential oil and it doesn’t work as well as the poo pourri at my doctor’s office, so I bought some poo pourri and its works great!! Why would your combo work better than using the oil by itself?

  121. Vicki Hale says:

    Very informative. I will have to give this a try. My favorite Poo Pourri scent is the Lavender Vanilla. I’ll let you know what I come up with. Thanks

  122. Danette Porter says:

    I would like essential oil combinations.

  123. Awesome! I’ve not used rubbing alcohol before… Can you use witch hazel instead?
    Thanks, Karen

  124. Hi Karrie,
    Thanks a lot for your Poo Fragrance Spray recipe! I love this stuff!
    I did it as a gift for my friends and recently they returned to me for a new “order”. 🙂
    Thank you for your blog!

  125. Kathleen Durbin says:


    Ive been trying to make my own poo fragrance but I found that when I followed a recipe the final end smell seemed very week and hardly noticeable when sprayed into the loo. Perhaps its the pure essence of lemon oil I’m using. Could you advice me a product which give out a strong smell of lemon when mixed with the other ingredients.

    I too would like a lemon recipe for Poo Fragrance Spray recipe

  126. I have read that rubbing alcohol is very bad to inhale?

  127. This is sooo cool. I made it, and it works! I have IBS and makes for self consciousness at work no more! Thanks for posting this. I used my fave oil sweet pea and it’s much more pleasant to me.

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