Thinking of the best way to store shower bombs at home?
It is a question most of us have asked at some point. In this guide, you’ll find out 4 different ways to store your bath bombs including those you made at home and those you bought from the store.
The best way to store bath bombs is keeping them in a dry place. Protect them from moisture because reaction with water can cause them to fizz and disintegrate.
Some reliable storage options to consider include putting them in plastic wraps, air-tight containers, and plastic bags.
We have discussed how to use each of these methods below.
Keeping Bath Bombs Dry is Key
Bath bombs and fizzies work by reacting with water and effervescing. From this alone, you already know that the first consideration when storing bath bombs is keeping them dry.
When there is moisture in the air, the bombs will prematurely fizz out given that they are meant to do so. As such, the first thing you need to do is keep them as free from moisture as possible. But how do you do that?
4 ways to store bath bombs
Some of these packaging solutions can be made at home while others bought at the store. If you intend to buy in bulk, you might want to consider the following storage tips and options.
1. Using plastic wraps
Wrap the plastic wrap tightly around your bath bomb ensuring that there is no air trapped in the wrapping.
For the best results, ensure that you wrap the plastic at the base of the bomb since it is easier to have an airtight result this way. Twist the tail of the wrap several times then tie a knot with it. .
After that, cut off the twist close to the bomb then place a sticker to seal it. .
2. Use Airtight Containers
Most bath bombs come in airtight containers which you should always put to use for the task at hand. Always seal the container tight after each opening. Ensure you also open the container for a very short time.
3. Sealed Plastic Bags
You can use plastic bags or a plastic baggy with a seal. Ensure that you remove all the air in the baggy before the storage process.
4. Shrink wraps
Simply place a dry bath bomb into the shrink wrap then seal one end. It is preferable to use a heat sealer to ensure no air or moisture enters the bag. After that, heat the bag using a hair dryer. It will shrink itself around the bath bomb for an airtight result.
If you come from a humid area, you can use a dehumidifier in preserving these items. You can either add them in the bombs when making them, or add it before storage if you bought them.
Chances are high that you will store these items in your bathroom. Ensure it is a cool and dry place for the best storage.
How long can you store bath bombs?
Given that a majority of these items are made from natural ingredients like citric acid and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), they will expire eventually. Most of them have a shelf life of about six months (half a year).
Bath bombs are meant to fizz through creating an acid-base reaction when exposed to the air. Indeed, you may have noticed that freshly-bought bombs and fizzies work better than the ones you have stayed with for a while.
While keeping them in airtight conditions gives them a longer shelf life, it is best to always use fresh ones for the best results. Thus, buy just about a month’s supply of them to always have fresh results each time you use them.
As a point to note, the ingredients of your bath bombs determine their shelf life to a large extent. The ones with natural ingredients will have a shorter expiration date compared to synthetic ones. Follow this guide to determine how long yours will last:
- Apricot kernel oil: between 6 months to 1 year.
- Castor oil: 1 year.
- Coffee butter: 1 year.
- Avocado oil: 1 year.
- Canola oil: 1 to 2 years.
- Coconut oil: 1 year.
- Olive oil: 2 years.
Additives Reduce Shelf Life
Keep in mind that, even with the individual expiration dates of these ingredients, the fact that others such as citric acid and baking soda are added in to make them fizz makes their expiration dates shorter.