Lifehack: DIY Poo-Pourri

May 28, 2014 in DIY, Style, Style Tools, Sustainability, Travel by alliemcc

By now, I sincerely hope you account for at least one of the 27 million views of the first Poo-Pourri commercial that took the world by thunderous storm last year.

The ingenious, hilarious, and gross campaign recently released another video, which I repost here, in case you haven't yet had the pleasure:



It's a concept so damn simple, I don't know why we had to suffer through decades of toxic, ozone-killing aerosol sprays that really just fill the bathroom with a combination of poo and Tropical Mango Breeze that should be prohibited by international law. Or worse, when someone actually sprays regular perfume out of desperation to try to cover her deed — pretty sure that's a recipe for a chemical weapon.

It's literally just citrus oil that creates a layer over the water in the bowl, preventing the noxiousness escaping into the air.

If you are are still not a believer, I can assure you Poo-Pourri is really for real, and really works. 

I started using Poo-Pourri a couple of years ago, because it seemed like a good thing to have when interning in the fashion industry, as a person with GI issues stemming from wheat and dairy. Holler if you hear me (and my swamp gas).

I purchased it from this lovely catalog, but instead of buying a second bottle when that one ran out (and it took a good 2 years of regular use to go through the 4 oz. bottle), I made my own. And so can you!

DIY Poo-Pourri

You will need:

  • A travel-sized (+/- 4 oz.) spray bottle, glass, plastic, or stainless steel (fancy amber glass, better for home use; or perhaps you have an empty product bottle you could reuse? Last resort, drug stores do sell plastic ones in the travel section.)
  • A citrus oil-based home cleaner (I used Citra-Solv.)

Just fill the bottle with the citrus oil, no need to dilute it as you would for cleaning. To use it, spray 3-5 spritzes on the surface of the water in the bowl, and then do your business.

You can make up a large batch in a larger bottle to leave in the bathroom at home or work. Your life will be so much better.

You're welcome.