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Homemade Shower Steamers

Homemade shower steamers are easy to make and create a spa-like aromatherapy shower experience. This simple recipe has no citric acid and includes peppermint for a sinus-clearing, awakening steamy shower.

No need to wait until you have time for a long, luxurious bath to get some relaxing aromatherapy in your life. Try a homemade shower steamer any day of the week and elevate your shower experience.

A basic shower steamer combines Epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oils that combine with the steam from your shower and create full-body aromatherapy steam in your home shower.

The ingredients are molded together and hardened, similar to a bath bomb, and can be stored in your bathroom for easy use. Shower steamers dissolve in hot water during your shower.

It’s a great act of self-care when fighting a cold or allergies because the essential oil and steam can help relieve congestion. It’s also an excellent addition when you want to elevate your everyday shower to something that feels a bit more luxurious.

You’ll need just a handful of common ingredients to make your shower steamers. I love this simple recipe with no citric acid like many other recipes out there. Since we’re not going for that fizzy effect like in a bath bomb, I don’t think the citric acid is necessary, and it certainly makes the recipe easier!

Here’s what you’ll need for homemade shower steamers:

Epsom Salts – you can pick these up at most grocery or drug stores, and use them for several things, including a detoxifying Epsom salt bath or making your bath salts.

Baking Soda – the same stuff you keep in your kitchen helps hold these shower steamers together.

Essential Oil – I’m using peppermint essential oil in this recipe because I love peppermint’s sinus-clearing, eye-opening, tingly feeling. You can use any scent you prefer. Eucalyptus is also a popular choice for shower steamers, or try an immune-boosting blend or a relaxing blend.

Dried Peppermint Leaves – these are optional, but I love the look of the peppermint leaves in these shower steamers. They add a little extra peppermint umpf to the steamers, although most of the peppermint scent will come from the essential oil.

Can You Make Shower Steamers Without Citric Acid?

YES, absolutely! This shower steam recipe contains no citric acid, and they work beautifully. Citric acid is primarily used to make products like bath bombs or shower steamers fizzy. If you prefer a fizzy shower steamer, you’ll want a recipe with citric acid.

However, it’s unnecessary to make a shower steamer that does what it’s supposed to do….provide aromatherapy STEAM in the shower.


  • ½ cup Epsom salts

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 25 drops of peppermint essential oil

  • 1 tbsp dried peppermint leaves

  • Cylinder mold (any mold will work I find mine on amazon)


  1. Add the supplies to a small bowl and stir well.

  2. Fill 12 mold cavities with the mixture, and press it down.

  3. Allow to sit for 24 hours, check after an hour, and then press the mixture down again.

  4. Once completely hardened, remove from the mold and store in an air-tight container.

  5. To use, place one shower steamer on the shower floor, away from the stream of water.


  • Makes 12 steamers

  • Store in an air-tight container away from water.

  • These will keep for six months.



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