Can You Use Bath Bombs In The Shower?

Even though bath bombs are meant to be used in bathtubs, did you know you can also use them in showers? In fact, you’d be quite surprised by how many ways.

As a general rule: Bath bombs can be used in the shower and also in many other ways within the shower. You just need to make some small adjustments that are quick and easy.

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I know it sounds weird since bath bombs are primarily used for bathing in a bathtub. However, there has been an increase in bath bombs being used in showers in recent years. 

So this means, even if you are one of the unfortunate not to have a bathtub, you will still be able to treat yourself to these luxurious pampering sessions that are filled with mesmerizing colors and luscious aroma.

What are bath bombs?

Not every beauty product has had the honor of becoming a cult classic in a matter of time like bath bombs have. Created in 1989 by Mo Constantine, bath bombs are soapy balls that are made for single use during bathing. 

These aromatic balls are typically made up of ingredients such as citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and fragrant essential oils, but because of their increasing popularity today, you can find them in many other mixtures and scents.

The traditional way of using a bath bomb is by tossing them in a bathtub before stepping inside the water. The bath bomb tends to react with the water because of its base ingredients, i.e., citric acid and baking soda, and creates the lovely “fizzing” effect.

Soon after this chemical reaction, it will break apart and dissolve in water. This is when the magic happens, as it releases oodles of aesthetic colors and heavenly-smelling aromas. 

As this sphere completely dissolves into the water, it also releases a lot of skin-friendly and nourishing emollients, which make your skin soft and moisturized.

Can you use a bath bomb inside the shower?

Well, let’s get to the fun part, as this is why you are here, right? The short answer to ‘can you use bath bombs in the shower’ is yes, you can!

The long answer is yes, but you might need to make some changes to your bath bombs to be able to use them in the shower. Don’t worry. These are small and easy fixes, nothing to worry about. I will go through all of them one by one, explaining what to do.

I think just like me, after reading this article, you will not look at bath bombs as “bath” bombs any longer. You’ll see that they are much more versatile than you might think. 

How do you use bath bombs in the shower?

I made a list of different ways to use bath bombs in the shower. But I think these “techniques” will open up new ideas that might not be in the shower—anyway, enough waiting. You’ll understand what I mean once you have gone through them.


Use it as a soap

All homemade bath bombs come with soap inside them, which cleanses and nourishes your skin. The soap in them can cleanse the surface of your skin and help it loosen all the stuck oil and dirt. It might be hard to believe, but you can also use bath bombs as a substitute for soap. It may not have the same effect as a good homemade soap containing glycerin, but this will generally work for most people who do not have sensitive skin. 

When you want to relax after a hectic week, you can ditch your normal soap and use a bath bomb. To use a bath bomb as soap, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Divide your bath bomb into two pieces. You can use one half for your shower and save up the other for later use.
  2. Hold the bath bomb half in your palm under the running water from your shower.
  3. Once it starts to fizzle and dissolve, use this mixture to lather up your body. 
  4. Apply all over the body gently and rinse when done.

Easy, fast, and practical! 

Mix in a bucket

This may sound like it’s extra work, but it’s very efficient. Even if you do not have a tub, you can use it by mixing it in a bucket for your shower routine. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Take out a bucket and fill it with water. 
  2. Next up, choose your bath bomb and drop it inside the bucket. 
  3. Wait for your bath bomb to dissolve and release its captivating aroma and funky colors.
  4. Once everything is mixed nicely, pour it over your body by scooping it from the bucket. 

Tie it up on the showerhead

Arguably one of the easiest ways to enjoy the fizzle of your bath bomb outside a tub is by having a bubbly shower. To do this, follow these easy steps:

  1. Take a bath bomb and put it inside a breathable bag like that made of organza. If you don’t have an organza bag, a cheesecloth will also do just as fine.
  2. Next, tie the bath bomb bag on to the head of your shower. 
  3. Run the shower and enjoy as the dissolved bath bomb water cascades over you. 

Hint: Make sure that the water is already running at the desired temperature before you tie your bag. This way, there is much less waste of bath bombs dissolving while waiting for the water to get hot enough. 


Make it into a sugary-scrub 

You can treat your skin with an exfoliating shower session using a bath bomb. All you will be required to do is follow the given easy steps:

  1. Take your bath bomb and put it inside a plastic bag. 
  2. Pick a rolling pin or even a mallet to crush the bath bomb. Do it till you get a roughly powdered mixture.
  3. Transfer this to a jar and add 1/3rd lukewarm coconut oil. You will also need to follow it up by adding a cup of sugar.
  4. Finally, stir it into a nice mix. 
  5. Apply it all over and gently exfoliate your skin. This will also hydrate your body.

And there you have it. Of course, there are many other ways I have not mentioned in this article. But I believe after reading this, you (just like anyone else) can use your own imagination and come up with new ways. If you think you need more ideas, you can find many forums and other places talking about this subject just by doing a quick google search. 

Alternative ways to use a bath bomb in the shower

Outside of taking a shower with these lovely aromatic balls, you can still use them in a different manner inside your shower, but this might not be washing. 

Here are some of the alternative ways to use them:

Keep it on the floor. 

You can treat yourself to a little aromatherapy in the shower with the help of a bath bomb.

Use your bath bombs for what they are best at, producing delicious scents and aromas! If you live in an urban area and don’t have a bathtub, you can simply keep a bath bomb on the floor of your bathroom. 

Just shower as you usually would, and with the water from the shower, your bath bomb will dissolve and produce its soothing aromas. 

A quick tip: Go for bath bombs that do not have confetti or glitter in them, as they can clog up your drain. 


Make it a deodorizer.

Most bath bombs come packed with ambrosial oils that can also be used as an effective deodorizer. As bath bombs have baking soda, it helps them absorb the unpleasant smells inside the bathroom. 

If you, by any chance, have bath bombs that have crumbled or are broken into pieces and don’t have enough left for a bath session, don’t throw them away yet. Simply dissolve them in a container and keep them in your shower for a pleasant-smelling shower. 

Use it for a quick pedicure. 

A lot of people are using Bath bombs for an excellent homemade pedicure session. If you are making your own bath bombs and have a failed batch that is not consistent or too dry, you can use it for a nice aromatic pedicure session!

 Here is how to do so:

  1. You need to fill a bucket or a small pedicure tub with pleasantly warm water.
  2. Cut a bath bomb into two pieces (if you have a ball), and drop one half into the water. 
  3. Soak your feet inside this bath bomb water for at least 15-20 minutes and scrub them as you please.
  4. Finish off by towel drying your feet and enjoying the feel of your silky soft feet.

Use it as a decorative piece. 

Bath bombs have many more uses than just coming in handy while bathing. You can also enhance the looks of your bathroom using bath bombs. 

You can choose from an overabundance of unique bath bomb colors and put them in a decorative bowl.

Simply place them near the sink or even hang these bath bombs from a see-through favor bag in your shower.

A quick tip: Make sure at all costs they do not get in contact with water. Also, make sure that they are in a tightly sealed bowl, as bath bombs tend to react to air humidity. 

Have your towels smelling fresh 

My wife does this with soaps she really likes, and this is also possible with bath bombs. Make your bathroom towels smell fragrant using bath bombs. Just place bath bombs in a see-through bag under your towel rolls. You’ll be surprised how well these scents towels! 

Tip: Do not use too much. The fragrance can be overwhelming. 

Turn it into a cabinet freshener. 

Do away with those naphthalene balls and replace them with bath bombs. Yes, you can keep any room and shelves smelling fresh all the time by placing bath bombs on them.

You can put pieces of the bath bomb inside a beautiful container to have your shower cabinets looking pretty and smelling great.

Summing Up

From blowing up all over Instagram for their beautiful water effect to gracing beauty experts’ blogs, bath bombs are everywhere. Although bath bombs traditionally hit the market for being used in bathtubs, as you can see reading this article, they can also be used in showers and other places. 

You don’t have to feel left out if you don’t have a bathtub at home. You will be able to use bath bombs in the same manner in your showers. By tying it on your shower head, or making scrubs, and even using it in place of soaps – they are shower-friendly too. You will be able to use these very versatile bath bombs in numerous creative ways in your shower.

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