These clever cubes dissolve in your shower so you can breathe easier as you recover. You'll be happy you have these on hand when your next cold hits.

By Hannah Bruneman
Updated November 29, 2018

By now, you've probably heard of bath bombs. Those little balls fizz and dissolve in your bathtub surrounding you with essential oils and exfoliating ingredients. It's the perfect at-home spa treatment, but sometimes you need a little something extra. When we're feeling under the weather, make a tray of shower bombs. Similar to bath bombs, shower bombs dissolve while you shampoo and condition, but they're made with decongesting ingredients. See how you can make your own with Vicks VapoRub. This trick will help you feel better almost instantly. 

Related: Make Your Own Bath Bombs

How to Make Healing Shower Bombs

Supplies Needed

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1/2-cup baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 5 Tbsp. Vicks VapoRub
  • Water
  • Latex gloves
  • Icecube Tray

Step-by-Step Directions

Not only will these shower cubes soothe your cold, but they're also fun to make. See how we made this DIY cold remedy in the steps below.

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

First, measure out 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup cornstarch. Do not pack the powder tightly. Combine both ingredients in a mixing bowl. Next, add 5 tablespoons of Vicks VapoRub. This part can get messy and sticky, so it helps to have an extra spoon or non-stick spatula to scoop out the VapoRub. Vicks VapoRub will help the shower bombs form together.

Editor's Tip: This DIY shower bomb recipe yields about 1 tray of small cubes. To make more, double the recipe.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

Wear protective gloves for this step. Begin to mix the ingredients together with your hands. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water at a time until the ingredients reach a moldable consistency. 

Related: Cold, Flu, and Allergy Guide

Step 3: Mold Cubes and Freeze

Scoop the mixture into an ice cube tray. Press down with our fingers to pack it tightly. Once all the cubes are full, store the tray in the freezer. Let sit for several hours or until firm. They'll be ready and on-hand next time the sniffles have got you down. 

To use, place one shower bomb on a shower ledge or built-in soap tray and let the Vicks VapoRub and steam perform miracles on your sinuses. 


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