Bath bombs are a real treat. They smell divine and transform your bathroom experience into a relaxing spa treatment. But besides the aromatic fragrance, bath bombs can also moisturize and soften your skin due to their carefully selected ingredients.
However, like any lush product, bath bombs sometimes go bad. Once they do, they won’t give you the same benefits like that inviting fizz they had when they were still fresh.
This is why proper storage is important if you want your bath bombs to stay fresh longer so you can use them long after you made or bought them. So, how do you store bath bombs?
How to Store Bath Bombs
Focus on two things when storing and displaying bath bombs – keep them cool and dry.
- Keep them cool. Heat can melt the butter and oils in the bath bombs, causing them to disintegrate. Keep your bath bombs away from direct sunlight or any other sources of heat.
- Keep them dry. Excessive moisture can cause premature fizzing in bath bombs.
- Avoid storing bath bombs made with different ingredients together. They will mix and spoil each other, especially the fragrances.
- You can use crumbs too! Sometimes bath bombs will leave crumbs no matter how careful you are in handling and storing them. But don’t throw those crumbs away. You can still use them in the bathtub.
Below are 8 proven ways to store bath bombs and keep them cool and dry.
8 Bath Bomb Storage Ideas to Make Them Last
Nothing is less exciting than a bath bomb that has lost its fizzing effect the moment you used it.
There are plenty of bath bomb storage ideas that will keep your precious bath bombs safe.
1. Bath Bomb Storage Trays
The best way to store your bath bombs is by keeping them in secure bath bomb storage trays. These are like egg trays but are designed for storing your bath bombs in the safest way possible. You can find bath bombs storage trays in many stores that sell bath bombs. Bath bombs storage trays come in handy when you have a lot of bombs to store.
The best thing about bath bomb storage trays is there’s a compartment for every bath bomb. Which means your bath bombs won’t be sticking to one another, and there is less spoiling if your bath bombs are made of different ingredients or scents. These storage trays will also keep bath bombs safe from being accidentally crushed.
2. Apothecary Jars
These kinds of jars were designed to hold pharmaceuticals used by physicians and pharmacists in the past. Now, they are often used for decorations and to hold all sorts of items like candies, cosmetics, and spices. But the best thing about these apothecary jars is that they are airtight. They usually have screw-top lids that will keep air and moisture out, perfect for storing bath bombs.
If you want to store your bath bombs safely while still displaying them in the bathroom, apothecary jars are perfect. You can buy them in varying sizes, and choose a jar based on how many bath bombs you have.
3. Airtight Plastic Tub
If you don’t want to spend the extra cost but still want to secure your bath bombs for months, you can always use any plastic tub you have at home. But make sure it’s airtight. Airtight food storage containers work as well.
Keep the bath bombs fresh by always sealing the plastic container tightly after opening it. Never leave the tub open for any longer than you need to get a new bath bomb.
4. Clip Top Jars
Do you know those clip-top jars commonly used in the kitchen to store flour, cereal, and spices or those canister jars used for pickling and canning? They work well for storing and displaying bath bombs too. They are airtight and usually made of clear glass, so they protect the bath bomb from the elements while keeping their colorful beauty on display.
Clip top jars are also fairly affordable.
5. Cookie Jars
Here’s another great option to seal the freshness of your favorite bath bombs: cookie jars. But make sure to get cookie jars that are properly airtight. The lids should have a silicone or rubber gasket to keep out air and moisture, ensuring that your bath bombs stay fresh.
6. Ziploc Bags
You probably already have Ziploc bags in your kitchen, but if not, they are cheap to buy at local grocery stores. If you’re using Ziploc bags to store bath bombs, make sure you remove as much air inside the bag before zipping it up.
And don’t forget to store your zipped bath bombs away from light and heat.
7. Shrink Wrap
Shrink wrap is another cheap option for storing bath bombs, and you probably already have this in the kitchen. But take note that you should only place bath bombs in shrink wrap once they are fully dry to ensure no moisture can ruin them. Then use a hairdryer to heat the bag, allowing it to stick around the bath bomb, keeping it airtight.
8. Store Bath Bombs Close to a Dehumidifier
If, unfortunately, you can’t get any of the bath bomb storage containers above or if you simply want to store your bath bombs in the open, keep them close to a dehumidifier. This will help limit the moisture that can get into the bath bombs.
However, this is not the most effective solution since the bath bombs will still be exposed to some moisture.
How Long Can You Store Bath Bombs?
The basic ingredients of bath bombs are citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Both are organic ingredients, which expire after six months to a year. Because of this, you need to use your bath bombs within six months.
But remember, the best bath bomb experience is when they are fresh. So, if you can use them within the month after you made or bought them, all the better. Although you can still use them a couple of months later, they won’t be as effective. You’ll notice that they won’t fizz as much or at all when compared to when they were fresh.
With that said, it will also help to know what ingredients are in your bath bombs as they can have different expiration dates. For example:
- Olive oil – 2 years
- Canola oil – 1-2 years
- Castor, Avocado, and Coconut oils – 1 year
- Coffee Butter – 1 year
- Apricot kernel oil – 6 months to a year
- Fresh herbs, juices, extracts, and petals – 1 year but sometimes less
But if you don’t store your bath bombs properly, your bath bombs may lose their fizz even before the ingredients expire.