How to make bath bombs

bath bomb

by Emily Gilbert |

While we're aware that your days of frequent relaxing baths might be a thing of the past when you're a parent, make the baths you do get to enjoy (even if they're 15 minutes...) as luxurious as possible with your own bath bomb.

While they're easy enough to pick up from the shops, why not try this DIY tutorial for how to make bath bombs from the BBC? It's much simpler than you'd think and you can even get your toddler involved to help too. Heck, if you're feeling generous, you can even make some for their baths.

You will need

100g bicarbonate of soda

50g citric acid

25g cornflour

25g Epsom salt (optional)

2 tbsp oil – such as sunflower, coconut or olive oil

¼ tsp essential oil, such as orange, lavender or chamomile

A few drops of liquid food colouring

Orange peel, lavender or rose petals, to decorate (optional)

Mixing bowl


Plastic moulds


  1. Combine the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt in a bowl and whisk together.

  2. Pour the base oil, essential oil and food colouring into a small bowl and mix together well, combining the oil with the colouring as much as you can.

  3. Very slowly add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking between each addition. Once all the oil has been added, add a few tiny drops of water and whisk again (it will fizz when you add the water, so mix it in quickly). You want the mixture to slightly clump together when pressed in your hand and keep its shape – it shouldn't be too wet.

  4. If you're adding peel or flower petals to decorate, drop them into the bottom of your chosen mould. Pack your mixture tightly on top, pressing down and smoothing out the top with a teaspoon.

  5. Leave your bath bomb in the mould to dry for 2-4 hours, then carefully remove it. Your bath bomb is now ready to drop into the bath and watch it fizz away!

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