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Green Living: DIY Toilet Spray (Costs less than $1 and takes 2 minutes!)

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When I first heard of Poo Pourri, I thought it was another unnecessary product we were being told we needed, but didn’t. We couldn’t possibly need a product to trap odors in the toilet. People had used toilets for a long time without such a product and how could this really be different from other bathroom sprays anyway?! Now, here I am writing a DIY toilet spray recipe!

My feelings changed after I shared a hotel room with a bunch of female family members for my sister’s wedding. My cousin gave us all a little travel bottle of the stuff.

Honestly, it was so nice to have a bit of scent privacy! It’s nice to use a little spray when 5 girls are sharing a space. It’s like a courtesy to others to leave the bathroom pleasant for the next person!

Now, I’ve been making this stuff for years and have a bottle in every bathroom. This DIY toilet spray is so simple to make and each batch costs very little.

Please know that this recipe is NOT connected to the real company; this is just a DIY toilet spray that covers undesirable odors. We are not affiliated with Poo Pourri. We certainly don’t claim to know their official recipe or fragrance combinations! They sell great products!

I’d purchased the real product a couple of times before. But, I always felt like I was spending too much money on a toilet spray! The bottles last quite a long time, but there had to be a better solution!

Whats the magical ingredient?

The bottles don’t have any ingredients! I wanted to know the secret. What magical ingredient can possibly leave an odor lock on the toilet?

Turns out – you need water, glycerine, and a little rubbing alcohol.

I use bottles like these 2 oz glass spray bottles and this glycerine. If you have an old Poo Pourri spray bottle, you can use that, too!

This recipe is a huge savings!

With 2 ounces of the name brand stuff selling for about $10, this 2-ounce batch is way cheaper. The bottles cost a couple of dollars. One 4-ounce bottle of glycerine has 8 tablespoons, which makes it 37.5 cents per batch. The rubbing alcohol was $1, so that’s just a few cents worth of product. I already had essential oils on hand. I get great quality ones for a good price by shopping with Rocky Mountain Oils. The individual ingredients cost about 50 cents or so depending on the oils used. Plus, there is no extra plastic waste!

How to Make DIY Toilet Spray

Add 1 tbs of each glycerine and rubbing alcohol or vodka. Then, add your fragrance with essential oils. I use about 20 drops of essential oils for a 2 oz bottle. Add water, shake, and spray! It’s that simple and you’ll make batches of the stuff for the price of one name brand bottle.

diy poo pourri recipe ingredients
You can tell I’ve been using Rocky Mountain Oils since before they got their cute new labels! Check out the old packaging on this bottle of orange essential oil.

The fun part is experimenting with essential oils! You’ll want about 20 drops total depending on how potent you want your spray. Feel free to use less if you don’t like scented products. Although I am extremely sensitive to fragrance, I can use essential oils with no problem.

I really like to use Rocky Mountain oils in any of my DIY products. The product is great quality and the prices are really affordable. They also sell organic essential oils, diffusers, blends, CBD products, and supplements. Rocky Mountain Oils does extremely thorough testing for their essential oils. They even have a page where you can add the code on the bottom of ANY of their oils to read their GC/MS results. Impressive!

I LOVE bright, citrusy flavors for this DIY toilet spray. Remember that you’re aiming for 15-20 drops of oil per 2 oz bottle.

Do you love making your own bath and home products like this DIY toilet spray? We do, too! We’ll be posting more recipes like this with our green living tag. We also share our favorite DIY home and beauty recipes on our Pinterest Green Living board!

DIY Toilet Spray Scent Combinations

Citrus Rosemary (This is what I made for this batch!)

  • 10 drops of lemon
  • 5 drops of orange
  • 5 drops of rosemary

Lemongrass Citrus

  • 15 drops of Lemongrass
  • 5 drops of any citrus oil (I like to use lemon or orange)

diy poo pourri recipe

Lavender Lemon (one of my favorites!)

  • 10 drops of lemon
  • 10 drops of lavender

Citrus Mint

  • 15 drops of grapefruit
  • 5 drops of mint

Refreshing Summer

  • 10 drops of lemongrass
  • 5 drops of orange
  • 5 drops of mint

Italian Summer

  • 7 drops of basil
  • 7 drops of rosemary
  • 6 drops of lemon

Sunny Woods

  • 12 drops of cedarwood
  • 5 drops of orange
  • 3 drops of lemon

I haven’t tried these combinations yet, but they’re next on my list to try! I’m ordering the Evergreen Dream blend from Rocky Mountain Oils for the holidays. If you try out these recipes, will you let me know how they work?

Oh, Christmas Tree

Winter Fire

  • 4 drops of cinnamon
  • 2 drops of clove
  • 6 drops of orange
  • 8 drops of cedarwood

You could probably substitute Immune Strength (like Thieve’s Oil or Germ Fighter) for the cinnamon and orange for an extra dose of winter spice!

DIY poo pourri toilet spray
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DIY Toilet Spray

Learn how to make an odor locking toilet spray just like Poo Pourri for pennies. This recipe is simple and you may even have all the ingredients on hand!
Prep Time2 mins
Keyword: cleaning supplies, diy, green living, poo pourri, toilet spray
Yield: 1 2 oz bottle
Cost: $0.50 – $1


  • 2 oz spray bottles


  • 1 tbs vegetable glycerine
  • 1 tbs rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 20 drops esssential oils Scroll up for scent ideas!
  • 1/3 cup water


  • Add the glycerine, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils to the bottle.
  • Add water until the bottle is full.
  • Shake and spray 2-3 times in the toilet bowl.


If you have problems with your spray bottle dispensing, you may need to reduce your recipe to 1 teaspoon of both glycerine and alcohol. This would require you to spray more for scent coverage, but it may help the liquid move through the spray nozzle.
If you want more scent coverage than this offers in the recommended 2-3 sprays, please spray more.
Feel free to experiment with your favorite essential oil blends! There are scent combinations above.
This recipe doubles easily, so feel free to add twice as much to a 4 oz bottle. You may not need double the amount of essential oils, so you might want to try with 30 drops of oils instead of adding 40. If you want more fragrance, add more!

Which essential oil blend do you want to try? Do you already make your own DIY toilet spray? Tell us below!

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Rachael is a schoolteacher who loves to grow her own produce in her backyard garden, cook from scratch, and update vintage furniture for her farmhouse look. She lives in Western Washington with her husband and her cat.

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1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this at Embracing Home and Family! I have a big family, we may need to makes several bottles of this!!

Deborah Davis
1 year ago

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Hi, I hopped over from Homstead Blog Hop and I’m glad I did. I have really enjoyed exploring the healthy, green and natural living content on your blog. Thanks for sharing this valuable DIY toilet spray recipe. I love it.

1 year ago

Such a great recipe! I need to try out those essential oil mixes – I usually just use one type.
Jenna ♥
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Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

I’ve been using Poo Pourri for years; glad to have an inexpensive solution. Thanks!

Meg Daves
1 year ago

Thank you for participating in our linky party!

Barbara at Mantel and Table

Great post Rachael! I’ve been wondering about that stuff, and now I know it works, and how to make it for less! 🙂 I’m going to try some of that at my house – thanks!


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Julie Briones
11 months ago

So glad to meet you through Tuesday Turn About! We hope to see you each week. This is a great recipe for DIY toilet spray!