DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT citric acid or cream of tartar + VIDEO tutorial

With this easy step by step recipe you can make your own bath bombs without citric acid powder easy and cheap at home! A fun activity for a rainy day or when you’re bored during the summer months.

“Where do I find citric acid?”

It’s probably one of the most asked questions here on The Makeup Dummy.

Citric acid powder has been a staple ingredient in all of my bath bomb recipes so far. It’s a key ingredient to get the fizzing experience bath bombs are known and loved for. Combine it with baking soda and a bath tub filled with water and you have a guaranteed fizz party in your bathroom.

So surely a bath bomb without citric acid powder must be impossible to make?

Well …

Citric acid is actually a natural compound found in different foods. Like lemons. And that’s why this easy bath bomb recipe is made with a household favorite: lemon juice.

Perfect if you want to start making bath bombs RIGHT NOW and don’t have any citric acid lying around.

Watch the video-tutorial here to easily follow along with each step. The video can be watched without sound!

Lemon juice does contain other ingredients besides citric acid, like water. The citric acid you get from lemon juice is relatively small and diluted because of the water, but it’s there all right.

Even though these bath bombs won’t fizz as enthusiastically as their citric acid counterparts, they do the job. Drop one in your bath water to disperse the lovely smelling essential oils and release the skin soothing baking soda.

How To Make Bath Bombs WITHOUT Citric Acid Powder:

What I use:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda – Get it here
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil – Get it here
  • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • essential oils – Get it here
  • a spray bottle – Get it here
  • decorations or coloring (optional) – I used lavender buds and cake sprinkles – Get it here

  • To help you find the ingredients you need for this tutorial for bath bombs without citric acid Iโ€™ve added links in this post to places you can find them online. Iโ€™m part of the Amazon affiliate program so I get a small commission when you buy something via these links. For me itโ€™s a win-win and I spend that money to make more bath bomb tutorials for you ๐Ÿ™‚ But feel free to Google the ingredients to find your own or buy them from local vendors in your area!

    DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT citric acid or cream of tartar using lemon juice! Tutorial by The Makeup Dummy

    These bath bombs without citric acid powder are best used ‘fresh’, so right after you make them. The longer you wait, the less they’ll fizz.

    The instructions for these bath bombs have never been easier:

    Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl.

    Add half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix with a spoon until well combined.

    Add a few drops of essential oils. I used my all time favorites: lavender, rose geranium and ylang ylang. I added 12 drops in total. stir well after each drop.

    Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle.

    How To make DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT citric acid or cream of tartar using lemon juice instead! Tutorial by The Makeup Dummy

    Carefully spray the mixture stirring well between each spritz of lemon juice. You don’t want the mixture to start fizzing in the bowl!

    Check to see if the mixture clumps together. Make sure the mixture is wet. You can definitely add more liquid to these than to bath bombs made with citric acid!

    Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture in your mold and press down firmly with your fingers. Keep adding more until your mold is filled, pressing the mixture down as you go.

    You can spray the mixture a couple more times with the lemon juice as you’re filling your mold. The more lemon juice you get, the better they’ll fizz. Just keep in mind that the more liquid you add, the longer it’ll take for them to dry!

    How To make DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT citric acid or cream of tartar using lemon juice! Tutorial by The Makeup Dummy

    Set the bath bombs aside and give them time to dry. It definitely takes longer than regular bath bombs. I waited at least 2 days for mine to dry completely.

    These bath bombs turned slightly yellow as they dried because of the lemon juice. If you don’t want this, you can choose your own color by adding a few drops of food coloring to the mixture.

    Pop them out of their molds once they’re completely dry.

    Enjoy!

    Ina

    DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT Citric Acid Powder

    Follow this easy step by step tutorial to make your own bath bombs without citric acid powder or cream of tartar. All you need is lemon juice!

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup baking soda
    • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
    • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice
    • a spray bottle
    • essential oils optional
    • decorations or coloring optional

    Instructions

    1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Add half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix with a spoon until well combined.

    2. Add a few drops of essential oils. Stir well after each drop.

    3. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle.
    4. Carefully spray the mixture stirring well between each spritz of lemon juice. You donโ€™t want the mixture to start fizzing in the bowl!
    5. Check to see if the mixture clumps together. Make sure the mixture is wet.

    6. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture in your mold and press down firmly with your fingers. Keep adding more until your mold is filled, pressing the mixture down as you go.
    7. Set the bath bombs aside and give them time to dry. Pop them out of their molds once theyโ€™re completely dry.

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    34 Comments

    1. Anon 29 November 2016 at 04:30

      A little misleading, “without citric acid” but you use lemon. Could be good to point out, in case someone is allergic to citrus!

      Reply
      1. Criesta 7 February 2017 at 21:08

        The point is not to use the powder.It is not made with “citric acid”.First there r many recipes out there with citric acid and other things,so if you ready & find you are allergic to something don’t make it…Simple. Don’t get mad at her if you can’t read before you make it.

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        1. nawnawisasav 13 February 2017 at 04:14

          haha preach

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      2. Florida Mom 17 December 2017 at 21:56

        The concern with the Citric Acid you can buy in powdered form is A.) It isn’t available at standard stores and isn’t in most pantries, and B.) It is actually manufactured using Black Mold, as in the toxic stuff people avoid at all costs. Citrus allergies would most definitely still have to avoid this one!

        Reply
    2. hayley 19 December 2016 at 19:36

      nice gr\ift for my teacher

      Reply
    3. em 12 February 2017 at 00:46

      How many bath bombs does each batch make?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 17 February 2017 at 18:53

        It depends on your mold but I made about six bath bombs with this recipe.

        Reply
    4. Anonymous 26 February 2017 at 19:23

      Any other things I can use besides coconut oil? I don’t have any in my home, and don’t want to go get some from the store.

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 26 February 2017 at 20:42

        Any oil should work, like almond or olive oil.

        Reply
    5. anonymous 2 March 2017 at 20:28

      Is the essential oil needed because ur using lemon juice? Will it just smell like lemons?

      Reply
    6. dhfgjfhhj 22 March 2017 at 17:37

      what could you use to replace essental oil. also can you use lemon juice from the bottle?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 23 March 2017 at 18:11

        You can leave the essential oil out, or use vanilla extract or other flavoring. And yes, you can use lemon juice from a bottle ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Coral Cullum 20 December 2017 at 01:26

          Can you use store bought lemon juice?

          Reply
          1. The Makeup Dummy 20 December 2017 at 08:07

            Yes, you can!

            Reply
    7. Jiya 25 March 2017 at 07:42

      Is there anything I can use other than baking powder? If so, what are they and will they make the bath bomb as good as with baking powder.

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 2 April 2017 at 15:23

        You need baking soda for this DIY because it reacts with the citric acid in the lemon juice and that’s how they fizz. I added links to the ingredients so you can order some online if you want!

        Reply
    8. Areej 12 June 2017 at 06:32

      Can i put food colouring into it ?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 31 July 2017 at 18:25

        Yes, you can! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Reply
    9. Jessica 31 July 2017 at 01:10

      Wait in the video do you spray all the lemon juice? I only did how many sprays I saw in the video. Did I mess up?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 31 July 2017 at 18:22

        Yes, I used all of the lemon juice for these bath bombs. I didn’t want the video to be too long so I only show a couple of sprays. I understand how that can be confusing. As long as they harden they can be used. But the more lemon juice you use, the more they will fizz.

        Reply
    10. Jessie 7 November 2017 at 15:19

      Can I use sweet almond oil?

      Reply
    11. Maddie 7 December 2017 at 22:39

      Can I use regular cupcake liners as a mold?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 10 December 2017 at 14:23

        Yes you can Maddie!

        Reply
    12. emma 13 December 2017 at 23:47

      can i use a dropper instead of spray bottle?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 14 December 2017 at 11:29

        Yes! Just make sure to stir well between each drop

        Reply
    13. Camille 21 December 2017 at 23:13

      Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 22 December 2017 at 08:54

        Yes, you can Camille! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Reply
    14. Megan 5 February 2018 at 01:14

      Can you use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil

      Reply
    15. Brielle 13 March 2018 at 14:15

      Yes you Can Megan, I treid and it works well

      Reply
    16. noys 1 April 2018 at 04:15

      How much bath bombes would it make if I used cupcake liners as my mold

      Reply
    17. annai 22 April 2018 at 17:51

      How can you speed up the process of drying? i need these today.

      Reply
    18. Kadence 14 May 2018 at 02:33

      They work really well and my mom loved it!

      Reply
      1. The Makeup Dummy 14 May 2018 at 08:02

        I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜˜

        Reply
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