How to make DIY Bath Bombs without Citric Acid or Cream of Tartar
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Table of Contents
- How to make DIY Bath Bombs without Citric Acid or Cream of Tartar
- FAQ’s regarding Citric Acid:
- Bath Bomb materials | What you’ll need:
- 7 EASY Steps | How to Make:
- #1: Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl
- #2: Add your oil, essential oils, & food coloring to your mixture (optional… but highly recommended!)
- #3: Mix 3/4 lemon juice, with 1/4 water, then add to your spray bottle
- #4: Carefully spray your dry ingredients with your lemon & water mixture (stirring frequently!)
- #5: As soon as your mixture sticks to itself, pack it into molds
- #6: Freeze for 2 hrs, or refrigerate overnight
- #7: Pop your bath bombs out of their molds, then store in a cool place
- Summing it all up:
On average, how many people have citric acid, or cream of tartar, just lying around their house?
These days, not many.
That doesn’t mean you can’t make AMAZING bath bombs, with other ingredients, that are more easily found in your home, or local grocery stores.
Buckle up your seat belt, because you’re about to learn how to make a diy bath bomb without citric acid, or cream of tartar!
FAQ’s regarding Citric Acid:
Before we get into how to make bath bombs without citric acid, it’s helpful to know what it is, and it’s role in traditional bath bombs. So first:
What’s citric acid?
In short, citric acid is a weak organic acid, that often occurs naturally in citrus fruits.
What does citric acid do?
In respect to bath bombs, citric acid combined with baking soda, produces the FIZZ.
Is citric acid safe?
Generally speaking, yes. It is technically an edible acid, and it is often used as a cleaning agent, too.
As you probably know, citric acid can be tough to find in your average grocery store. Don’t believe me? Try asking a clerk where to find it. You’ll love the look on their face, and I don’t blame them, it is simply something that few ask for.
For that reason, we’ve prepared for you a bath bomb recipe without citric acid, or cream of tartar (also less commonly on hand), that hopefully, is much easier to put together.
Bath Bomb materials | What you’ll need:
- Oil – our favorites are Coconut, Almond, Grapeseed, or Jojoba, but really any oil will work fine (1 1/2 tbsp)
- Epson salt (4 tbsp)
- Baking soda (1 1/2 cups)
- Lemon juice (3 parts)
- Water (1 part)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Essential oils (optional)
- Spray bottle
- Mixing bowl
- Molds – easter eggs, ice trays, hair spray tops, etc.
7 EASY Steps | How to Make:
#1: Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl
Add your 4 tbsp of epson salt, and 1 1/2 cups of baking soda to your mixing bowl. Stir with a fork, until evenly mixed.
Now that you’ve created your base, it is time to add your oil (1 1/2 tbps), essential oils, and food coloring to your mix. Make sure you do this step VERY SLOWLY. Adding ingredients too quickly can cause lumps, and ruin your mix.
Get creative with this though! Adding essential oils have a TON of benefits, and food coloring turns your bath into a wonderful color explosion.
For example, I’ll use a lavender oil with purple food coloring, to make a “Sleep Aid Bomb,” or I’ll use an orange oil with orange food coloring, to make an “Energy Bomb.”
Have fun with this!
#3: Mix 3/4 lemon juice, with 1/4 water, then add to your spray bottle
The easiest way to do this, is to draw an imaginary line on your spray bottle (the max you’ll fill up). Then add lemon juice until you get 75% away from your imaginary line. Then, fill the rest up with water, and you’re set!
#4: Carefully spray your dry ingredients with your lemon & water mixture (stirring frequently!)
Now is a good time to take a pause, and stress the importance of this step.
This is KEY.
Take your dry ingredients, and your spray bottle, containing your lemon water mixture, and spray your dry ingredients 1 spray at a time.
After each spray, mix quickly with a fork. The idea is to stir quickly before the reaction happens in your dish, you want the bubbles to happen in your bath, not the bowl.
Take your time with this. Slow and steady wins the race.
#5: As soon as your mixture sticks to itself, pack it into molds
After spraying your mixture slowly, and incorporating your lemon water, your mix will slowly begin to stick to itself.
At this point, you’re ready to put your bath bomb into their molds.
Need ideas for molds?
Here’s a few of my personal favorites: easter eggs, hair spray caps, and cup cake wrappers.
Get creative with this step! Just make sure to pack tightly, and avoid air bubbles, so your mold doesn’t crack.
#6: Freeze for 2 hrs, or refrigerate overnight
Now that you’ve packed your bath bombs in their molds, you’re ready to put them in the freezer, or refrigerator.
The timing on this step will largely depend on the size of your molds, but as a general rule, you’ll have to wait at least 2 hrs if you put them in the freezer, or overnight if you refrigerate.
#7: Pop your bath bombs out of their molds, then store in a cool place
Once your bath bombs are finished cooling, pop them out of their molds, and store them in a cool & dry place.
Wrapping them in plastic wrap is an excellent way to lock out moisture, and prolong the life of your bath bombs.
This will have your bath bombs lasting A LOT longer, usually around 6 months or so.
Now you’re done! Depending on the size of your molds, you should have a around a half dozen bath bombs.
Summing it all up:
Not too difficult, right?
Now you’ve learned how to make diy bath bombs without citric acid, or cream of tartar!
Citric acid, and cream of tartar are called for in most bath bomb recipes, but most individuals do not have these ingredients on hand in their everyday pantries.
Not to fear!
Now, you have an awesome bath bath bomb recipe, to give your bath time a sensory EXPLOSION.
Mess around with your own different combos of oils, essential oils, and food coloring, to make bathing EXCITING.
Hope you enjoyed this. Scrub a dub dub, and happy bathing!
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