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Vicks Vaporub Shower Melts

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Moms, have you ever used Vicks Vaporub to help clear your chest congestion? If so, you know that it can be a messy process. But what if I told you there was an easier way to use this medication, and that it could also provide some relief from muscle aches and pains? Introducing Vicks Vaporub Shower Melts! These little discs dissolve in water and release the soothing vapors of Vicks directly into the shower steam. Give them a try today!

Free your sinuses with these Vicks Vaporub Shower Melts. You’re going to be amazed at how easy these are and the relief they provide. Viruses like this come with all sorts of symptoms like congestion and sinus pressure. Relief is key so here’s Vicks to the rescue! 

When a cold or the flu hits our household, we’re seeing out relief from the congestion, sore throats, cough and runny nose for the entire household. I prefer to use as many products with natural ingredients that I can but sometimes more aggressive treatments are needed.

Find relief from a runny nose with these decongestant bath bombscold fighting mint green tea, and essential oil shower melts. Prevent the cold and flu with these Elderberry Gummies!

Before seeking out prescription medication, trying an alternative method may provide you the relief that you and your family need with minimal to no side effects. There are significant differences in viruses and infections. In order to know what you’re dealing with, look at your symptoms and don’t hesitate to reach out to your family physician for guidance and direction.

Congestion got you down? These DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts will offer the relief you need.

How to Get Relief from Stuffy Noses and other Cold and Flu Symptoms

A steamy shower and a warm compress on the face where sinuses provides effective relief from the annoying cold and chest congestion and head pressure. You can also add a cool mist humidifier into the room when you sleep at night and use a saline nasal spray. You can also use a chest rub like Vicks Vaporub for relief from chest congestion.

If you’re looking for something with essential oils, check out these DIY Decongestant Bath Bombs. These are great for a relaxing bath to relieve the upper respiratory infections symptoms and clear those nasal passages. What essential oils are safe for little ones? Check out this list here and remember to use a small amount with a carrier oil like avocado oil.

Are there Similar Products that I can use?

There are similar vapor rub products available as cold remedies like nasal sprays and even including treatment options for young children. Vicks offers a baby rub topical ointment for the young ones in your life. This formula provides relief from children’s cough. Add these items to your medicine cabinet so you can be ready when adverse events like a cold or flu happen in your house. The petroleum jelly in Vicks Vaporub makes this product easily applied to your chest, or the bottoms of your children’s feet.

As always, ask your family physician about products safe for you and your kiddos if you’re concerned. Older children should have no issues with these but ask your doctor for similar products to relieve nasal congestion and children’s cough. Vicks Vaporub can be used as a topical cough suppressant and provides relief from your chest and head congestion.

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Ingredients/Materials Needed

  • Silicone Mold
  • Cornstarch
  • Vicks Vaporub
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Water
Congestion got you down? These DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts will offer the relief you need.

How to Make Vicks Vaporub Shower Melts

  1. Mix the cornstarch, Vaporub and water together.
  2. Add additional water as needed until a thick paste forms.
  3. Drizzle some blue and green soap colorants into the mixture and stir.
  4. Transfer the vapor rub paste into your silicone molds.
  5. Freeze to allow the shower steamers to harden.

How to Use

Place one shower melt shower floor and allow the hot water to run over it. This will activate the cooling sensation from the vaporub to cause a steam in your shower that will help ease cold symptoms. 

Will the bottom of the shower be slippery?

Place the shower melt either over the drain or in the corner of the shower. You can also place it in a small bowl in your shower. If you put it right under your feet, the floor may become slippery. 

Can I use these in the bath?

These melts are meant for the shower, and are not made as bath bombs. However, check out these DIY Decongestant Bath Bombs that are perfect when you want to take a bath instead of a shower.

Will your drains be clogged?

You don’t have to worry because of the amount of water that is flushing behind them when you use these. 

Is Food Coloring required?

The food coloring in these are optional. It will not stain your tub for the same reasons the cornstarch won’t clog your drains. 

How Do I Store these Shower Melts?

Keep these melts in an airtight glass jar in your freezer until you’re ready to use them. They melt slower that way offering you effective relief from the congestion that comes with a cold or flu.  

How long will they last in the freezer?

Keep these melts in the freezer for up to 4 months! Make a batch before cold and flu season so they’re ready for when you need them. 

What are the Active Ingredients in Vicks Vaporub?

Vicks Vaporub Regular formula’s active ingredients are: Camphor (synthetic) 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic) Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant) Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic). This mentholated ointment can be used for a variety of ailments.

Other Uses for Vicks Vaporub:

In addition to the Vicks Vaporub’s congestion relief, you can also use this topical ointment for sore muscles. Simply rub a little of this on your sore muscles and this powerful tool will give you the relief you need.

Congestion got you down? These DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts will offer the relief you need.

DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts

Congestion relief isn't hard to attain with these DIY vapor rub shower melts!


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the cornstarch, Vapor Rub and 4 Tablespoons of water. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
  2. If the mixture still seems too dry, add more water as needed (up to 6 Tablespoons) until a thick paste forms.
  3. Drizzle 3-4 drops of the blue and the green soap colorants into the mixture and stir until you achieve your desired color.
  4. Transfer the vapor rub paste into your silicone molds, filling up to the top of each mold. Congestion got you down? These DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts will offer the relief you need.
  5. Freeze for 2 hours to allow the shower steamers to harden.


Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or plastic Ziploc bag. I keep mine in the freezer until ready to use.

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The food coloring in these are optional. It will not stain your tub for the same reasons the cornstarch won’t clog your drains. 

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Friday 29th of December 2023

I am on day three of covid and starting to feel like I can function slightly. After reading many recipes for these shower tabs I went with yours because it was easy to make when not feeling the best. I omitted the food coloring, that seems like an unnecessary and messy addition and I worry it will stain my shower floor. I also do not have a silicon tray but I had some hard paper muffin cups that I'm hoping will work! They are in the freezer now while I rest. I am looking forward to attempting a shower and using one of these tabs in a few hours. Thank you and be well!


Friday 29th of December 2023

Kara -

I hope you feel better! You're right, the food coloring is optional! :) I hope you find some relief from your symptoms!



Sunday 29th of October 2023

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I hope to make them as part of a gift package for a number of people. With that, approximately how many small pucks/discs does this recipe make?


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

You're welcome! I get about 12 melts from each batch. :)


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

If I don't have vapor rub can I use store brand vapor rub instead


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

You most certainly can!


Wednesday 7th of December 2022

I love vicks it helps with everything when ur sick ur kid it's my go to favorite.

Vanessa kinney

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

So does yours melt after they are taken out of the freezer? How do you store them so they stay solid until shower use ?

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