Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Poop Secret: Natural Toilet Freshener Spray [Sorta Like Poo-Pourri]

Yeah, everybody poops, but if you don't feel like broadcasting your bowel movements to the world (or even those on the other side of the door), try this recipe for DIY Poop Secret.

Poop Secret is a totally natural spray that goes directly into the toilet before you go. It creates a powerful barrier of wonderful smelling essential oils that envelop your poops, and their associated stink, as they land in the toilet water.

Before you go thinking I'm a genius, I didn't invent this spray. It's based on Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray.

Okay guys, here's the recipe. Now you can eat all the collard greens and flax seeds you want. Keep some in your purse and you'll be the best studio apartment guest or tiny office mate ever!

DIY Poop Secret: Natural Toilet Freshener Recipe

You'll need:

Do this:
  1. Combine witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils in spray bottle. 
  2. Shake well.
  3. Add water to bottle. (A funnel is helpful.)
  4. Shake well.

How to use:
  1. Before you poo, spritz the entire surface of the water in the toilet bowl with Poop Secret Spray. (6 spritzes should do it.)
  2. Take care of business.
  3. Flush.
  4. Walk out of bathroom, with your head held high, like a boss—or rather like a unicorn or some other magical being no one could ever imagine pooping. 

(Recipe adapted from Fabulous Farm Girl and a few other internet sources.)

For this to work, you've gotta be really careful about covering all the toilet water. This spray worked well for me. I couldn't smell a hint of poop after I went Number 2. Poop Secret made no difference when my husband went, but he's not as detail-oriented detail-obsessed as I am and just gave the toilet 3 quick sprays. No bueno.

In my opinion, it's kind of annoying to have to make an extra step before pooping, especially if you have to be that mindful about it. I'll pop this out for guests and use this when I'm in public spaces or someone else's home. In my own bathroom, I continue using one of my many other natural alternatives to air freshener after I poop.

Did you try my Poop Secret Recipe? How did it work for you? If you've also used Poo-pourri, I'd love to know your thoughts on a comparison between the two.

Olivia Lane Lovejoy is a Green Living Educator trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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