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You’ve seen them everywhere – the colorful spheres that go from solid to fizz in a matter of seconds when they hit the water of a warm, freshly drawn bath. The colors, the sound, the smell – it’s all so lovely. Needless to say, kids just love it!
But did you know that you don’t just have to use bath bombs in the bathtub?
In fact, you can use them in the shower too, and in a few different ways. As someone who does not have a bath but whose kids love a good fizz, I was please to find out that there are ways to have fun with bath bombs in the shower!
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What Are Bath Bombs?
Bath bombs were created many, many years ago, but only recently became viral because of the beautiful reaction that occurs when they are put to use.
These colorful spheres are made from three key ingredients: baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. Together, these are what give the bombs their lovely fizz for our baths. After the fizzing, the bath bomb breaks into little pieces and spreads, until all the bits dissolve and you’re left with a fragrant and eye-catching bath.
In addition to the scientific ingredients, the aromas and color are given by a variety of essential oils, flowers and fruit extracts, skincare ingredients and more. Not only that, but to give them their fun (and sometimes crazy…) looks, there can be many added ingredients such as glitter and confetti.
The benefit of Bath Bombs
Many bath bombs are formulated with a variety of essential oils, which are great for calming the senses. You might think a warm bath is just what you need at the end of a stressful work day, but throw a bath bomb into the mix and you’ll unlock another level of relaxation. Bath bombs come in all kinds of scents, so you can pick whichever is most soothing to you. Additionally, many people may experience satisfaction from not just the aroma, but also from watching the bath bomb fizzling reaction.
Because of their stress relief abilities, bath bombs are able to help you get an uninterrupted, deep sleep at night. The aromas and overall experience of the bombs will have you dreaming of them once your head hits the pillow!
Bath bombs are not just pretty faces – they’ve got talent too! Many bombs are packed with oils that can nourish your skin, all while you enjoy the sensory experience. And it’ll also leave you smelling amazing.
Great for the kids
If you’re looking for a way to make bath time less dreadful and more exciting for the kids, using bath bombs is a great method to entice them after a long day of running around. Kids are easily fascinated and entertained by all things colorful, and if you let them throw the bombs into the tub, they’ll feel like they’re partaking in a cool science experiment! Plus, kids can also benefit from the mental and physical health benefits of these bath time additions.
How To Use Bath Bomb In The Shower
Bath bombs – as they are aptly named – were created to be used in the bathtub. But who’s to stop you from repurposing? Because baths aren’t the only place you deserve to enjoy calming aromas! So here are a few ways in which you can incorporate these fizzy friends into your shower.
Put your bath bomb onto the floor of your shower
The simplest and most straightforward way to use a bath bomb in the shower is to simply lay it on the floor and let chemistry do its magic! In the same way that a bath bomb fizzles away when it’s added to a bath, when the water from your shower head comes in contact with the bomb, it will have the same reaction, just a bit slower. As the bomb crumbles, it’ll release all those aromatics into the air. But before you hop out with your soothed mind and body, make sure you clean up your drain to avoid clogging from all those extra bath bombs ingredients that make them look so pretty. In fact, to prevent clogging at all, you can cover your drain with a mesh – that’ll leave much less to clean up for you.
Attach your bath bomb to the shower head
This is a chance for you to get a little creative. Remember all those skincare benefits that bath bombs can provide? Well, you won’t get those by just letting the bath bomb sit on the floor of the shower. You need the spa treatment way more than your tiles do! So, another way to use your bath bomb in the shower is to attach it to your shower head. By doing this, you get the physical benefits of the bath bomb ingredients, as well as the aromatics.
To do this DIY craft, you can use any clean bag that will allow the bath bomb’s ingredients to seep through, for example, mesh bags used for laundry. Place the bath bomb inside the bag and then tie the bag to your shower head. Let the shower run and watch the magic happen!
Dissolve the bath bomb before your shower
Another (perhaps less complex) way of enjoying the aromas and the oils of your bath bomb is to dissolve the bomb before you get in the shower, and then manually apply the dissolved bomb to your body once you’re in the shower.
Simply find a container large enough to fit the bath bomb, fill it up with water and add the bomb into it. Once dissolved, take your concoction with you into the shower and apply to your skin as you would a body wash.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I clean up after using a bath bomb?
After using a bath bomb, you are definitely going to notice a bit (or a lot) of residue. But there’s no need to panic! You can easily rinse yourself and your bath or shower off.
If you used your bath bomb in the tub, start by draining the water completely. Then, rinse yourself off before getting to work. Next up is cleaning your bath or shower. The key to keeping your bathroom clean is action! The longer you let the bath bomb residue sit, the more likely it is so stain. So, right after your bath or shower, mix some dishwashing liquid and warm water, apply the mixture all over the shower floor or tub, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it all off with water.
How do I remove stains from bath bombs?
If you’re an avid bath bomb user, or you just didn’t have time to clean up after your last use, there are ways to remove stains from bath bombs. One of the most standard household ways which is used for many stain removals is baking soda and vinegar. Dampen your bathtub or shower floor, then cover the stained area in baking soda, followed by distilled vinegar. Let the mixture soak for about 20-30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. If you’re still facing stubborn stains, try some strong bathroom cleaner. These are usually more than successful at getting out even the toughest stains.
Can I use bath bombs every day?
Everything is in moderation! While bath bombs have great benefits for the mind and body, using them too often could lead to irritation of the skin and senses. That being said, if you use bath bombs by placing them on the floor of the shower, the chances of skin irritation are much less as only your feet are in direct contact with the bath bomb ingredients. Nevertheless, make sure to look out for any reactions when using these fun, fizzy friends.