DIY PooPourri Spray Makes Sure You Always Leave a Fragrance

I have something really fun to share with you today about fragrance and PooPourri spray. But first a story. About my friend, Herta. It’s been quite a few years now since she and Al came to visit. In their graciously kind manner, they brought gifts. 

pretty woman holding bottle of DIY poopourri spray

I thought I’d heard of everything, but one of these gifts left me wide-eyed and sputtering to find a good response, which I am not sure I did.

Privately, I concluded that this small, supremely elegant spray bottle that Herta was visibly excited about must be something special in their country—to me it was oddly foreign.

The name on the bottle left me stuttering: Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray. Herta took me into the powder room to demonstrate. “Look, you just spritz the surface of the toilet water before you go. It stops bathroom odors before they ever begin!” Herta was so excited to show me this fabulous new product. Me? I was like … whaaat?

Does PooPourri work?

I have to admit that I couldn’t wait to try it, and I did. You know what? It really worked. The product is oily. When you spray Poo-Pourri into the toilet (before … not during or after), it sits on the surface of the water and creates a kind of sealant against, well …let’s just say it—fumes. It traps the odors, sending them down the drain, not out into the room. Get it?

I’m not sure if Herta was the first to introduce Poo-Pourri to America or not, but I like to think so. What I know is that it’s here now, and has become wildly popular.

I see Poo-Pourri in the finest powder rooms. Not long ago, I noticed a discreet supply of PooPourri in the ladies’ room at church.

The car wash has this clever product on a prominent display in the waiting area, right next to the funniest greeting cards. Herta would be so pleased.

All in the name

I do wonder about a couple of things: First, who came up with this? The idea itself is great but the person who came up with the name PooPourri? Brilliant!

Second, why is it so expensive? At $5 an ounce, that’s north of $600 a gallon! Don’t laugh. I think about these things and I’m sure there are households, gas stations, dormitories, frat houses—to name just a few—that could use it by the gallon.

I have good news for them (and you): You can make it yourself. You can replicate the same kind of discreet preventive product and even dispense it in little spray bottles, with all of the same benefits—for a whole lot less!

PooPourri DIY Toilet Spray

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Using a small funnel pour into  2-oz. spray bottles (or your choice). Recipe multiplies well.

*The difference between glycerin and vegetable glycerin is that glycerin can be plant-based or animal-based, whereas vegetable glycerin is always plant-based. The two terms are often used interchangeably, and glycerin is usually plant-based in the modern era.

To Use

Shake well right before each use. Spritz about 10 times to cover the surface of the toilet bowl water. Proceed.


Odor or fragrance?

My friend, the late Rich Buhler, taught me a very useful life principle to rely upon when dealing with challenging situations and difficult people. “No matter how difficult that person or the situation may be,” he would say, “make sure you always leave behind a fragrance, never an odor.”

Thanks to Herta, Al, and Rich, I’m leaving fewer odors behind than I may have, were it not for their friendship.

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DIY PooPourri Spray

Commercial Poo-Pourri is a wonderful invention, but oh, so expensive! Here's a quick and easy recipe to make it yourself for pennies, not dollars!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: DIY Household Cleaners, Make Your Own
Cuisine: Housekeeping
Servings: 6 ounces
Author: Mary Hunt


  • 3 tbsp vegetable glycerin SEE NOTES
  • 2 tbsp isopropyl (rubbing) 70% alcohol
  • 40 drops any essential oil Lavender is especially nice
  • 1/2 cup water 4 oz.


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Using a small funnel pour into three 2 oz. spray bottles. Recipe multiplies well.

To Use:

  • Shake well right before use. Spritz a few times to lightly mist the surface of the toilet bowl water. Proceed.


  1. The difference between glycerin and vegetable glycerin is that glycerin can be plant-based or animal-based, whereas vegetable glycerin is always plant-based. The two terms are often used interchangeably, and glycerin is usually plant-based in the modern era.
  2. Provided you do not substitute the vegetable glycerin, this PooPourri Toilet Spray (recipe as written) is safe for use with septic tanks.

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14 replies
  1. Helen M says:

    5 stars
    I agree, this is a great idea. I’ve been making this since I first saw it on EC. If I had to mess with the little bottles, I probably would have procrastinated indefinitely. I just make the whole recipe in an 8 ounce spray bottle and put one in each bathroom. I can see the value in funneling it into small ones though for travel. In the larger spray bottles, just 2 or 3 spritzes will do.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Well … think of the oily composition for what toilets are made to flush 😉 You could eat the food-grade glycerin (many people do) and probably not be concerned. And 3-4 pumps of spray might equal a millimeter of product of which only a portion of that is the glycerin. So … maybe a few drops of glycerin per use? You may be overthinking this.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Vegetable glycerine is a liquid that is clear in color and typically made from coconut, palm, or soybean oils. The liquid does not have an odor and has a taste that is mild and sweet. The consistency of vegetable glycerin is similar to syrup. Completely natural. It’s oily and sits on top of the toilet bowl water to create the important barrier.

  2. Patty says:

    I see vegetable glycerine on Amazon, but is it something I can find at Wal-Mart, or my local grocery store? I am not familiar with it.

  3. Linda F. says:

    I just wanted you to know, Mary, that after your article about fire extinguishers, we bought 4 from Amazon-two large and two small. Thanks for the advice! Linda

  4. MWilliams says:

    4 stars
    I also see bottles of Poo Pourri out and about. What is better than the product, is the commercials on the internet. They are so frank and entertaining.

  5. Susan B. says:

    I have been using Poo-Pourri products for many years now and absolutely LOVE them because they really do work! I keep a bottle in every bathroom, a bottle in my overnight case, and carry a small travel bottle in my purse. I agree they are expensive and so when I use up the Poo-Pourri product I have on hand, I will definitely try this recipe. The only question I have is, the Poo-Pourri instructions on the bottle say to use 3-5 pumps. Cheapskate that I am, I only use three pumps and it has always been just fine. Do you really need 10 pumps for this recipe?


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