Health & Beauty | 29 December 2016Save Money & The Planet: DIY Bath Bombs Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Richard Freudenberger and the editors of Backhome Magazine are here to bring all-natural cleaning methods back to your home – saving you money and saving the environment from toxic chemical waste. The book The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money Folk Wisdom for Keeping Your House Clean, Green, and Homey‘s projects range from cleaning to crafting to outdoor landscaping. No stone is left un-turned as the genius behind Country Almanac tackle all things home maintenance. Some of the projects are less practical and more fun. Those bath bombs that can cost upwards of $7 each? Stop wasting money and start making your own. Photo Excerpted from 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty Mix Up “Bomb” Effervescent Bath Treats Cost Savings: $3 or more Benefits: These make great stress-relieving holiday gifts Bath Bomb recipe: 1 part citric acid 3 parts baking soda Pinch of red clay or some food coloring (optional) Dried flowers or herbs (optional) Essential and fragrance oils Witch hazel “Bombs” are easy-to-make, delightful-to-use gifts for the bath. Mary Ann Osby, whose husband, Don, is BackHome’s art director, offered this tutorial on how to make these clever little fizzers. When it comes to a holiday gift project that’s easy enough for children, yet one with enough creative freedom to challenge adults, you can’t beat the bomb. This fizzy additive for the bath can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. You can blend bombs with scents and textures to please just about anyone on your holiday list. Plus, they’re economical and fun to make. Dropped into a full bathtub, a bomb will fizz and scent the water, and the baking soda will soothe away aches and fatigue. Photo Excerpted from 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty Commercially, bombs are available for about $3 to $4 in bath and body-care shops. But once you dis cover how easy and inexpensive they are to make, you’ll never buy them again. To get started, you need a large mixing bowl and a fine-mist spritzing bottle. The recipe is simple. It’s also flexible, so specific amounts aren’t given. A good-size starting batch is 1 cup (235 ml) of citric acid (available from healthfood stores) and 3 cups (660 g) of baking soda. You’ll only need small amounts of coloring, flowers, and herbs, maybe 1/2 tablespoon (7 g) of each. For the oils, start with only around 3 to 6 drops. Cover several cookie sheets with waxed paper. Place the citric acid and baking soda in a large bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingers until the mixture is lump-free. If desired, blend in the coloring and the dried flowers or herbs. Next add essential and fragrance oils drop by drop. Blend the mixture to achieve an even consistency. Next comes the part where caution must be used. Rushing the process at this stage may set off the bomb prematurely. (You want to save the fizz for the bath, not the bowl.) Place the witch hazel in the spritzing bottle. As you blend, spritz the dry mix ture two or three times and continue to knead. As it is worked in, repeat the process until you get a consistency that will hold together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. The process may take up to 10 minutes, but go slowly. When the consistency is just right, you can start to form golf ball-size spheres or press the mixture firmly into small molds (such as small Jell-O molds). If molds are used you can check the mix by turning the mold over on a flat surface after about 5 or 10 minutes. If the bomb holds its shape, it’s perfect. If it breaks apart, you may need to return the mix to the bowl and add a little more liquid. After all the balls or shapes have been formed, place them on the cookie sheets and al low them to dry for about 12 hours. Then wrap the bombs in plastic or place them in an airtight jar decorated for the holidays. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: “The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner.”—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey—and live richer while spending less. Many of today’s products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don’t work any better than Grandma’s methods, which only cost pennies. The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance—as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity. Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances–and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.