DIY No Nasty Chemical Bathroom Freshner – No Poo Pourri – That REALLY Works

toilet loo outhouse pxby snow winter poo pourri

As you know I’m keen on saving water, amongst other tips we have taught the children not to flush with every visit to the toilet, unfortunately this has been interpreted into NEVER flush EVER!

Number 1 son reads on the can, so lost in Harry Potter is he, that when he is spotted heading toward the bathroom and the sound of a shower running is NOT heard it is customary to set a timer for 30 – 60 minutes (depending on the time of day), after which we commence pounding on the door so that he can go to bed, get to school, go on vacation! 60+ minutes is a long time for the air to become overwhelmingly polluted and the moment the seal on the door is broken a toxic cloud is released into the rest of the house with eye watering results!

Number 2 child (pardon eh pun) has her head in the clouds, where presumably she is unaware of the explosive nature of her offerings below. Whispering to herself on the throne she leaves the pot still chatting to her imaginary friends, she forgets she was even sitting to the loo, her leave-behind is anything but ladylike, and in the absence of flushing it is the gift that keeps on giving, in the form of an acrid stench. If it weren’t that her dropped drawers would bind her thighs and would cause her to trip she’d probably forget to pull up her pants! No amount of nagging, threats, or notices placed in the bathroom are ever heeded.

This is bad enough when it’s just us but when we have visitors it can be truly mortifying as any amount of pre-guest cleaning can be undone in the seconds before the doorbell rings, leaving us calling ‘just a minute’, rushing to the bathrooms for a last minute stink sweep

It was with great excitement (sad huh) I heard about a poo spray that is to be used BEFORE ‘dropping the kids at the pool’. It contains essential oils that essentially coat the deposits, sealing in the odor rather than trying to merely improve or cover the toxic stench after the event has become airborne. However great it might be the commercial brand is a tad pricey so I wanted to try a DIY version.

  • I got a small spray bottle in a travel pack at the dollar store
  • 20-30 drops of Essential Oil (I used lavender in one bathroom and peppermint in the other).
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • Water


  • Pour rubbing alcohol in a 3 oz spray container
  • Add essential oils, alcohol keeps the oils from separating thus no shaking before each use.
  • Add water to fill the container.
  • Give it a good shake
  • 3-4 sprays are sufficient to cover the bowl and prevent nasty waftings.

IT WORKS! For most people you give a few sprays into the bowl before downloading but in the case of the children’s bathroom I spray every time I go by in anticipation of the inevitable

Store bought brand $11.99

Homemade = less than $1 – now that doesn’t stink!


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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31 Responses to DIY No Nasty Chemical Bathroom Freshner – No Poo Pourri – That REALLY Works

  1. HesterLeyNel says:

    I have identical problems in my home, so I thank you from the bottom of my toilet bowl – I will certainly try this.

  2. LOL! You should have lead with you live in drought ridden California where water is being rationed. It really helps to explain a lot. I assure you that those of us who have not visited California during the drought or lived through water rationing have no idea what your are going through.

    I am sure having a great sense of humor and some ingenuity makes it easier. Your home made bathroom deoderizer sounds brilliant.

  3. Peabea says:

    Great idea. I’ve seen the POO commercial but had never tried it. Thanks for the tip on making some of my own. 🙂

  4. ralphcapra says:

    I heard this stuff is a amazing. Got to try it.

  5. momstaxi1111 says:

    LOL! I enjoyed your descriptions, it made me chuckle remembering my own kids and how unladylike the bathroom was when they exited. Keep up the great writing.

  6. Mrs P says:

    Brilliant post, funny because it’s true 🙂

  7. katdraiocht says:

    It’s amazing that it works! My mother and I made some during Christmas as a joke (but also a hint) to my teenage brothers using Massage Oil and that also works just as well when in a pinch. The rubbing alcohol doesn’t keep it from separating, though, so you just have to shake it before use.
    The next step is finding a scent that, “doesn’t smell like Grandma!”
    Loved reading the post! 🙂

  8. pnewbill says:

    There are some people who write short posts and it takes everything you’ve got to skim through it. You have an AMAZING gift! I couldn’t stop reading (or laughing!). Granted, I’m too lazy to take the time to actually make the stuff…but I am going to pass it along to my wife (wait, we’ve been married 23 years and we’ve NEVER even discussed this…umm, ‘topic’…I’m not even sure how to bring it up) Oy!

  9. Robin says:

    This post was really funny! And the DIY spray sounds great; very practical. I already have all the ingredients on hand. I used to live in San Diego. Although I think everyone should try to conserve water, southern California does not have its own water source, so I really appreciate your conservation efforts 🙂

  10. sharol46 says:

    You mean that “unstink” stuff really exists? I thought the commercials were a joke. Thank you for making it affordable. Love your style.

  11. kindkerry says:

    I just seen the original Poo-Pourri spray advertised on QVC but it cost way too much just to be flushed down the toilet. I am so happy that you shared an affordable alternative. You’re such a beautiful and amazing person. We need more people like you in the world who’s paying it forward with motivation rather than money. Stay true, thank YOU! 🙂

  12. Like your girlfriend just got there and she needs to go and your like trying to take her to convenience store! Thanks1 LOL

  13. chordomapaul says:

    Love the article. This s a product that is definitely needed at our home. Thank you for the idea!

  14. Kristina says:

    Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Line, Dancer says:

    This is hilarious! I have giggled and watched the poo-pourri ad countless times but could never justify the price tag of the product enough to try it. I’ll definitely give your “recipe” a try though. One question, does the oil leave any residue, like a ring around the bowl?

  16. Stefan Kunze says:

    Oh, what a funny idea! All I need NOW is a loo that sits out in the midst of a snowy wood, where it is ice-cold and my a** melts the ice around the bowl.

    NOOOO, *just kidding*

    I have had a loo without water rinsing for a long long time! Was not that bad…but the scent….*uhhhmmmmm!*

    Niw the time has changed, I am on the hygienic side of life again! It’s easier now for me, but the mixture offered here is worth to be put to a test. I will go and by the ingredients as soon as possible! Thanks for sharing!


  17. miusho says:

    I need this for my fiancé. He doesn’t seem to remember I have an air freshener just for him in the toilet. -.-

  18. swamiyesudas says:

    Hilarious, Sunny, if all that You have written is True! Anyway, Kudos on Your invention! May Your brand Increase! Love. 🙂

  19. echaifoo says:

    Too funny. I love your post – and the DYI, I think I may try it. I have interesting children too who provide me with endless comedic material to share with family and friends.

  20. lucas897 says:

    I think if your kid likes Harry Potter he might like Rick Riordan’s Series

  21. cathymack62 says:

    My boss advertised the commercial brand of the spray at a meeting one time since some of my colleagues just can’t wait until they get home. We have one tiny bathroom in our school for teachers, and some people just don’t open the window when they’re done. I’ve always wondered about the spray. I may have to make my own, since, remarkably, my husband does NOT leave an odor in the bathroom. Seriously. It’s always me that lays waste to the bathroom atmosphere. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  22. Reblogged this on The Ballad of Baby Jail and commented:
    Totally going to make this when I run out of poo-pourri.

  23. No way! I love essential oils. 🙂

  24. roweeee says:

    Loved this post. Applies to at least one of mine.
    JUst also had to share our “poo news”. My son has had some stomach trouble and needed to have stool cultures taken. That all sounds very clinical but once you put an 11 year old boy into the scene and add his pesky, curious, ever-teasing younger sister to the mix it become just a tad explosive. There was all the drama of collecting the first one and then we had to wait and wait and wait for the second one as he wasn’t eating much. This ended up being like waiting for the Queen to turn up. Meanwhile, the doctors aren’t doing other tests until those results come back so we’re in a holding pattern. It was with great relief, I dropped the lot off yesterday afternoon. Oh yes. I didn’t mention that while you wait for the second sample, sample 1 is in your fridge. Yes, it’s well sealed but it is still in your fridge!! Thank goodness this chapter is OVER!!

  25. GoodGoodies says:

    Love the idea! I almost ordered the store bought Potpourri a few months back (it was on Groupon) but I’m going to try the DIY version…I’ve got plenty of essential ois. I’ve just go to get a spray bottle when I go to the store. Thank you again for the idea

  26. Ahhhh…. the rubbing alcohol! I’ve tried this with essential oil and water, but it keeps separating. Now I know why; great tip! Thanks for following me, and I’m looking forward to all the useful information I’ve found on your blog!

  27. aniamajek says:

    Super funny throne stories. Now just imagine all of these together performed by an adult man I live with. Maybe with the exception of Harry Potter as a book of choice! Great eco-tips too.

  28. Sandra McCall says:

    Wow! LOVE this idea!

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