10 Minute Easy Bath Bomb Recipe

How to make bath bombs in 10 minutes. This basic bath bomb recipe will get your kid into the bath and happy with easy-to-make and affordable bath bombs.

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Do you ever have a hard time convincing your kids to take a bath?  Some nights the fight just isn’t worth it.

But on those other nights….that’s when I pull out the bath bombs. Kids love them. The bigger the better. It’s like a science experiment in the water!

bath bombs in bathI never spend money buying bath bombs because they are too expensive and I prefer to control the ingredients. The store-bought ones are beautiful but are often laden with too many toxic ingredients.

Homemade bath bombs are inexpensive and they can easy to make. Especially if you’re okay with the bath bombs not turning out perfect. 

#epicfails & making bath bombs

When I was first learning how to make bath bombs I didn’t have any luck. I watched countless YouTube videos and I scoured Pinterest.

My bath bombs kept coming out either too wet or exploding before they set. Or so dry they never set.

I even had an #epicfail once where they grew out of their molds 5 times and in my infinite wisdom I decided to put them in the freezer to stop the fizzing.

Yeah, that doesn’t work.

So, the goal with this basic bath bomb recipe is to make the bath bombs within 10 minutes and pretty enough just to entice your children into the bath. 

If you want beautiful, multi-colored, glittered bath bombs, then look elsewhere.

And since we’re making bath bombs for our little ones, this recipe doesn’t have any extra chemicals. 

I’ve found the easiest way to make bath bombs is to skip the traditional molds.

I use a silicone mini loaf pan. With a silicone loaf pan, you can pop them in and out, plus it isn’t possible for the bath bomb to explode past its mold.

If you are just starting out, this is a great tool to experiment with. Then one day, you can make fun shapes using different bath bomb molds.

Related: How to make bathtime fun for your kids

Basic Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe:

  • 2 C baking soda
  • 1 C cornstarch
  • 1 C citric acid 
  • 1 C Epsom salt (I prefer unscented. I add my own essential oils below to control this myself.)
  • 2 -4 tsp water, add slowly
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (organic, unrefined)
  • 8 – 10 drops Essential Oil (Lavender, Orange, Frankincense, Lemon are all good options)
  • Food coloring – optional
  • A spray bottle of water to spritz additional water as needed (Note: if you skip the essential oils above you will need more water)

1. Combine Baking Soda, Cornstarch, Citric Acid, and Epsom Salt in a large bowl. Stir well.

2. Combine Water, Coconut Oil (if solid, then melt first before adding), Essential Oil, and food coloring (if adding) in a separate bowl. 

3. Add liquids to the Baking Soda mixture and combine quickly.

4. Once thoroughly mixed then take your spray bottle and begin spraying the water and using your hands work the water into the mixture.

5. You will want the mixture to stick together but not so much that it begins fizzing.

6. Set the mixture into your molds.

bath bomb tutorial7. Let it sit for at least 2 hours or overnight. If they hold together when you are taking them out, they are ready to go.

8. Get that kid into the bath!!

boy playing in bath

10 Minute Easy Bath Bomb Recipe