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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Homemade Fizzing Bath Salts Recipe & How to Avoid Exploding Bath Salts

Homemade Fizzing Bath Salts Recipes - Learn How To Make Your Own Homemade Fizzing Bath Salt & Avoid Exploding Bath Salts On The Way

Homemade Fizzing Bath Salts Recipe - Use baking soda to create fizz but be careful to avoid exploding bath salts

How do homemade fizzing bath salts sound? Yes, fizzing, as in how soda fizzes as you pour it into a glass.

Sounds like fun, right? The special feature of this homemade fizzing bath salts recipe is the way it makes your bath hiss magically.

Sprinkle some evenly, all over your bath and see the magic!

You’d have probably seen or heard of ‘fizzing bath bombs’. They look like colourful truffles. They’re the same thing except fizzing bath salts are in crystals or powder form. It’s pretty simple to make these fun fizzing bath salts yourself. Here’s the basic recipe –

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • ½ cup citric acid

  • ½ cup base salts (any combination)

  • Dendritic salt and essential oils (optional)

  • Colourants, moisturisers (optional)

All you have to do is mix everything really well in a large mixing bowl. If you’re using fragrant oils, mix them with dendritic salt first and then combine with the rest of the ingredients. It’s really that easy, but the effects are rather exciting!

Baking soda softens the skin and gives relief from minor skin irritations, insect bites, etc. It can very well be added to any bath salts recipe, as is, for its great qualities. But if you want your bath salts to fizz, then baking soda has to be used with citric acid.

Citric acid is easily available at any grocery store or health foods store. It is free flowing and has a fine white colour. You actually wouldn’t use citric acid in any of your other bath salts recipe. It’s only used for fizzing bath salts in combination with baking soda in a 2:1 proportion – two parts baking soda and one part citric acid.

Baking soda when used in combination with an acid (in this case citric acid) and in the presence of moisture, releases carbon dioxide. That’s how your warm bath (moisture) fizzes (carbon dioxide) when you sprinkle fizzing bath salts (baking soda + citric acid) into it. Isn’t science so cool?

There is one thing you need to know about this combination, though. Baking soda can react easily when it comes in contact with any moisture. Now ‘react’ can mean a mini explosion! We know now that this combination releases carbon dioxide when it comes in contact with moisture.

So if you have your fizzing bath salts all packaged prettily in a glass jar, well, it might just be a recipe for danger! A humid bathroom can trigger the release of carbon dioxide and when it doesn’t have any place to escape it can build up in the cramped jar, subsequently leading to exploding bath salts!

I even read on one forum of a lady who broke her finger when her bath salts exploded!!

Now, surely, a little bit of a fizz in your bath salt is fun, but an explosion? You wouldn’t want it to be that dramatic either! If you’ve given your handmade fizzing bath salts in a glass jar as a gift to someone, and if they were to experience a little explosion in their bathroom, you wouldn’t be surprised if they politely refuse your jar of lovingly made bath salts the next time. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay far away from this fun little recipe. Just keep these simple tips in mind –

  • Keep all your ingredients as dry as possible

  • Store fizzing bath salts in air tight containers to keep away moisture, you could use little pouches of silica gel

  • Choose packaging that will allow the carbon dioxide to escape – paper, organza or anything breathable.

  • Avoid glass or any material that could hurt if ever there were to be an explosion

Ideally, use your fizzing bath salts as soon as you make them, instead of storing them and fearing an accident. With all the fizzing excitement, you’d pretty much want to sprinkle some into your bath and enjoy it right away anyway!

And try to avoid the exploding bath salts with these tips - be safe!

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