Eco-Activity #14: Brewing bio-friendly bathbombs

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Brewing Bio-Friendly Bath Bombs 

Looking for toxin-free TLC? Leave unnatural toxins behind next time you jump in the tub by making your own fizzy bath bombs! When toxins get into the environment, they can do a lot of damage by polluting our ecosystems and making the animals we love sick. You might be adding to the problem and not even know it! Why? Because some of the products we wash down the drain every day contain toxins that can end up in the environment.

If something is toxic, it means that it’s harmful to the health of humans, animals and/or the environment.

Toxins in products you have at home can cause big problems for wildlife, and we’re not just talking about the animals in your neighbourhood. If these toxins get into important waterways, like the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, they can travel all the way to the Arctic! 

The good news is that scientists across the globe are always working to create new products that don’t cause harm to the environment. Want to try your hand at some safe at-home chemistry, or looking to DIY awesome gifts for holidays that are just around the corner? Take down bathtime toxins with this homemade bath bomb recipe!

You’ll need:

  • 1 ⅓ tbsp citric acid (you can find this at most grocery stores, or at bulk food stores)
  • 2 ⅔ tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp corn starch 
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • A spoon
  • 2 bowls
  • A mould for your bath bombs (muffin tray, ice cube tray, or sand moulds if you want extra fun shapes)
  • A paper towel
  • Food colouring (optional) 
  • Epsom salt
  • Natural fragrances (optional – things like essential oils or extracts you’d use for baking will do the trick!)
  • If you don’t have these materials already at home, don’t fret! They are super easy to find online and can often be delivered right to your door.

Use your creations in your next bath and let the animal-friendly fizz keep you and your family in the tub a little longer.