How to make Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

DIY Lemon Lime Bath Bombs

(Homemade Bath Bombs that are easily made out of simple ingredients) 

DIY Bath Bombs without citric acid or cream of tarter

Today I am going to show you how to make those pretty Bath Bombs, without using citric acid or cream of tarter. You see I wanted to try to make some of those gorgeous bath bombs, however I didn’t have any citric acid or cream of tarter because I don’t use those very often. Instead of just stopping there, I just did a little research with the products I had in my pantry.

Turns out vinegar will make them fizz however the smell is not pleasant. Instead I went with my second item the juice from citrus fruits. I had one lemon and one lime. Now that I had found my fizz activator I was ready to make these b-e-auutiful Bath Bombs without Citric Acid.

First you will take your 3 dry ingredients, baking soda, cornstarch, and epsom salt. Mix them together in  a medium sized bowl. If you have little ones this is a great DIY for them to help with. My son Alex, loves to help make stuff, and was so excited when I started pulling out ingredients, I thought he might stir my dry ingredients right out the bowl.

DIY Bath Bombs Without Citric Acid

Once you have all your dry ingredients mixed together well. Take your lemon and lime and juice them. Then add your juice, water, coconut oil, and alcohol to your spray bottle. You won’t need all of what you put in the bottle, it just makes it easier to spray when there is more in it. Begin spraying your dry ingredients. A few squirts then stir it up real good. Continue spraying and stirring until your mixture will clump together and hold its shape.

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Once it will hold its shape you can let your creative side come alive. The options are endless here. You can add pretty much anything that will dissolve in water and not irritate your skin. Think cake sprinkles, edible glitters, anything like that. I chose to add green and yellow glitter add this point for some color through out. Be careful because if you add to much it may add liquid back to it and you may have to add a little cornstarch to stiffen it back up.

How to make Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

Next is the molding process. You can use whatever mold you have. I seen them done with silicon molds, tennis balls, clear Christmas ornaments and more. I used a metal seasoning ball. You know the thing you add seasoning to then drop in the pot. It done the job for me. Add your mixture to your mold. Push it down firmly so that it will stay together. If you only have one mold wait a few minutes then remove it from the mold. If your using a silicon mold you can leave them to dry in the mold. Once you have molded it all, leave them to try overnight.

Lemon Lime DIY Bath Bombs

The next day put them in a jar or package them in cellophane individually. I keep mine in a mason jar beside my tub. It really makes a gorgeous decor piece. These can be stored for up to 2 months in a sealed container at room temperature. Add one to the bath for your own private spa. They have a light lemon lime scent but an overall clean, fresh smell and they leave your skin silky smooth and re-hydrated.

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Fizzing…Challenge – Bath Bombs without Citric Acid or Cream of Tarter…Success!!!

Recipe Below:

DIY Lemon-Lime Bath Bombs

Prep: 20 min

24 hr drying time


1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup Epsom salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol

the juice from 1 lemon & 1 lime

4-5 drops of yellow food coloring(optional)

Spray bottle

Air tight container




Mix all dry ingredients. Then squeeze the juice from your lemon and lime into a second bowl. Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Then mix all of your liquids into your spray bottle. This included any food coloring you may want to add. Mix them well, then begin spraying your dry mix. Stir it as you spray it, eventually it will begin to stiffen and clump together. When you can clump it together in your hand and it doesn’t fall apart, you can begin molding your bath bombs.

To mold your bath bombs you just need something that you can press your mixture into. Many things have been used, Easter eggs, k-cups, tennis ball, just to name a few. If you want glitter or sprinkles add them to your mold before you press it into. After all have been molded leave them to dry overnight. Then enjoy your DIY Lemon Lime Bath Bombs without Citric Acid.


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