These Blank Canvas Fizzies are PERFECT for so many applications:
〉In a steam bath or as shower drops for congested airways;
〉In the bath for a fun time for kids, or to help them with relaxation or congestion;
〉As toilet-cleaning drops (they work wonders with a light scrub);
〉In a foot spa;
…and the list goes on, and on, and on!!
I do have a little secret to share though, this Blank Canvas Fizzies recipe is exactly the same as my Fizzy Bath Drops. BUT, this recipe is like, well, a blank canvas.
Store your drops in a container or jar and add your choice of essential oils just prior to use. It’s so versatile and even a makes for a beautiful gift to give, perfectly paired with a bottle of lemon, peppermint or lavender essential oil for someone’s birthday, or maybe with eucalyptus or lemon for an under-the-weather friend.
I’ve chosen to call this recipe Cleaning Fizzies in my book, Naturally Inspired, but don’t be confused – it’s all basically the same 😉
BLANK CANVAS FIZZIES
Makes: 460 g (approximately 15 small, 5 large) Prep time: < 5 min. (allow 24 hours to set)
• 300 g sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)
• 130 g citric acid
• 30 g carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)
• 2-3 drops of essential oils (per use)
MY CHOICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
This varies depending on the intended use. My favourite essential oils in this recipe are as follows:
• congested airways (in the shower, facial steam, bath) – lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree.
• relaxing bath – lavender, frankincense, orange, ylang ylang etc.
• toilet cleaner (drop in the toilet) – clove, tea tree and lemon.
Remember: don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.
extra equipment required
1. Add sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Add carrier oil and mix until combined. Mixture should just hold form when squeezed together. If it isn’t holding together, add an extra teaspoon of carrier oil and mix again.
3. Spoon mixture into moulds and press down firmly until full.
4. Leave to set for 12-24 hours in a cool and dry place. After this time, turn moulds upside down and gently tap the bottom – fizzies should fall out easily.
5. Place on a tray or sheet of baking paper and leave to dry for a further 24 hours before storing in container of choice.
Add essential oils directly to one fizzy. Drop into water (basin, bath, toilet etc.) and allow to fizz. Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place.
〉To colour these fizzies, you can use food colouring (natural is obviously my choice – beetroot powder or spirulina are my go-to’s); powder is the best option if you want to avoid the risk of premature fizzing.
〉When we think of chlorine, we think of public swimming pools, but chlorine is a common additive to our drinking water supplies, designed to kill bacteria living within it. Along with the bad bugs, chlorine also kills good bacteria and promotes the generation of free radicals within the body, specifically the skin. Free radicals have been linked to cancer and are something that we don’t want polluting our bodies. Most info I have read says to add between one teaspoon – one tablespoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) powder to bath water while it is filling, to help neutralise the chlorine present in unfiltered tap water. There is some info here you might like to read. And this podcast has some great info on chlorinated water.
AUTHOR & ADVOCATE FOR NATURAL LIVING
Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.