One of the fantastic things about having a polytunnel is that you can not only use it to grow your own food but can also become more self-reliant by creating other items to us in and around your home. One of the things that you can consider making you your home are bath bombs. Luxurious bath bombs can be expensive when bought in the stores – but you can make your own at a far lower cost, especially when you use polytunnel grown herbs and flowers.
What You Need To Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Making your own bath bombs does not require an extensive list of complicated ingredients or equipment. To make your own bath bulbs you will need:
- Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- Citric acid
- Essential oil (if you have a distiller, you could even make your own using polytunnel herbs or flowers)
- Sweet almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil (optional)
- Food colouring or natural dye (optional)
- A tiny bit of water
- Fresh herbs or flower petals from your polytunnel.
How To Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Once you have assembled everything you need, here’s how to make your own simple bath bombs:
- Mix bicarbonate of soda and citric acid at a ratio of 2:1. (i.e. 2 cups bicarbonate of soda to 1 cup citric acid.)
- Add essential oils (such as lavender, mint, rosemary etc…) and (if wanted) a tablespoon of oil and food colouring.
- Add your fresh herb fragments or petals from your polytunnel garden.
- Spray water with a plant sprayer onto the mix a tiny bit at a time, until it is a crumbly mix of a similar consistency to wet sand.
- Pack the mix tightly into moulds. (You can buy semi-spherical bath bomb moulds, or moulds of other shapes, press the mix into a cupcake tin, or use other items you may already have to hand.)
- Let the bombs dry for 2-3 hours in a warm, dry place.
- Gently extricate the dried bath bombs from their moulds and use or gift.
Making you own bath bombs is easier than you might imagine. This is another great way to make use of some of the produce from your polytunnel. Have you made your own bath bombs for yourself, or to give as gifts? Share your own experiences in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.