Every now and again as I’m cruising the housewares aisles at Goodwill, I’ll spot a box of vintage food molds. Sometimes they’re meant for candy or chocolate, but on my most recent thrifting adventure, I found a set of vintage butter molds.
It is, admittedly, hard for me to imagine buying these for their intended purpose. I’m not exactly throwing elegant dinner parties that would involve individually sculpted rose-shaped pats of butter. BUT – I am a repurposing blogger who also suffers from chronic sinus congestion…so, an idea began to form.
Could I use the molds to make DIY decongestant shower drops?
There are a lot of recipes out there for all-natural self-care products, including decongestant drops that melt in the shower. The store-bought kind are great and all…but a little pricey for what you get. So, I researched how to make my own version and assembled some ingredients: baking soda, witch hazel, and essential oils that would mimic a well-known vapor rub.
With ingredients in hand, I mixed up the following combination in a non-reactive container:
• 1 cup baking soda
• 4 tablespoons of witch hazel (or water)
• 5-7 drops each of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils.
Then, I pressed the thick paste into my molds. Any silicone (flexible) type of mold will work and my vintage butter molds were perfect.
I let my shower drops dry and harden for at least 24 hours, and then I carefully removed them from the molds! They popped out with ease and kept their shape remarkably well.
Now I can set a couple of drops in a non-breakable dish in the corner of the shower for some fragrant sinus relief. And if you don’t want to make shower drops, you could definitely make DIY bath bombs in thrifted food molds…so many possibilities, so little time!