Bath Vapor Balls

I’m one of those moms that can come up with a solution in a tight situation. My daughter calls me “resourceful”. Find me some twigs, and I’ll make a rope. I will make a heating pad out of a sock and rice. You get the idea. I can just figure ways to make things work with whatever I have at hand. So, when I found a recipe for vapor bath balls, I could not figure out why, in my whole mommy life, have I never thought of this! During cold season, I’ve used menthol on Kleenexes, and made cotton ball sniffers, but this? I should have thought of this years ago.

I have been lucky to escape the cold and flu in over a year but I know a lot of you have been down with the crud. Or maybe you just need a fresh eye opening shower. Like when you bite into a York peppermint patty, you get that sinsat.......Never mind. 

I’m going to share with you this easy 3 ingredient recipe to make medical history..... Not really, but you will love these if you ever get a stopped up nose or develop a head or chest cold. They are safe for kids, however, I would limit the exposure just in case. They also will not harm your tub, shower or drains. So before you head out to the drug store, grab a bowl, Vick's VapoRub and some cornstarch. I’m gonna share with you this easy and fun way to make a feel good aroma.

 Bath Vapor Balls

1 cup - corn starch
3 tablespoons- Vick's VapoRub (or other mentol gel)
3 tablespoons water
2 drops Food Coloring (optional)

  • In a glass bowl and a fork, toss and mix VapoRub and cornstarch until it starts looking pebbleish. (Is that a word?)

  • Drop in tablespoons of water one at a time while mixing. (You can add food coloring at this time but its optional.)
  • If you pinch the mixture, you will now see how it sticks. (It will still just look "pebbleish").
  • Now use your hands and form balls as big or little as you like. (I was able to make four palm size or 3 inch balls.)
USE:  Place a ball in the floor of your shower or tub. As the ball melts, it will release a menthol vapor to help open up those sinuses.
I have a bowl of these sitting in my room and my room smells like menthol. They are that strong!
STORE: You can place them in a plastic bag or container for keeps.


NOTE: I am not a doctor and this is simply a home remidy to feeling better during a cold. Please consult a doctor if you are not feeling well.

I was inspired by the Original recipe found HERE.

Ive shared this at:
the dedicated house- anything-blue-friday


  1. Sounds like a winner. Vicks was a staple around our home growing up. Imma save this. THANKS,
    Sending love up your way. Turn the thermostat up we head north in a few weeks! LOL

  2. I saw something similar at a craft market. Now I can give it a try. Have a great weekend!

  3. This is a terrific idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea, I could have used these during the 6 weeks I had that awful cold that wouldn't quit!! I think I might be over it now....just in time for allergy season to kick in, sigh! Have a great weekend, Lisa!!

  5. Interesting idea! I've been seeing these bath vapor balls on social media.

  6. I'm going to try this. Sounds great. I always use Vick's when I have a cold.

  7. I've always used Vicks, too...this is an awesome idea...

  8. I bet this would work with Bengay...I love that smell :]