When even the engineer that created k-cups comes out and says he regrets making the non-recyclable plastic cups, it makes you want to look for some Earth Day friendly way to give those little pods a second life. Destined for the landfill, why not reuse your K-Cups at least once with this simple, fun kitchen craft: Homemade K-Cup Bath Bombs!
Here’s how to make them. You won’t believe how easy it is:
Collect your K-Cups. Any of the K-Cups will do except the 99% recyclable cups made with a net bottom and a plastic top. You’ll need the all-plastic cups for this kitchen craft.
Clean out each K-Cup by peeling back the foil lid and dumping out the coffee ground.
Earth-Friendly Tip: Add those coffee grounds to the compost pile. No need to toss them in the landfill!
Inside each cup will be a glued on netting. Pull this netting from the cup, removing it completely. Discard and wash the cups clean with water.
Now fill the bottom of each cup with a few sprinkles or dried flowers. Little lavender petals work beautifully!
Mix together the bath bomb mixture (recipe below), then press it firmly into each prepared K-Cup. Pack the mixture in tightly. Allow it to set and dry overnight.
Once the mixture is dried and hardened, slide knife into the hole in each cup. Slice until a long slit is formed, and peel the K-Cup from the bath bomb.
That’s it! Your bath bombs are ready! Place them in a hot bath, watch them fizz, and enjoy!
K-Cup Bath Bombs
Special equipment: 8 clean, empty plastic K-Cups
- 2 Tablespoons sprinkles or dried flowers (optional)
- 8 ounces baking soda
- 4 ounces citric acid
- 4 ounces cornstarch
- 4 ounces Epsom salts
- ¾ teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons essential oil (lavender, orange, or peppermint preferred)
- 2 ½ teaspoons almond oil
- 6 drops food coloring (optional)
- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon or so of sprinkles or dried flowers in the bottom of each K-Cup if a decorative bath bomb is desired.
- In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salts.
- In a small bowl, whisk together water, essential oil, almond oil, and food coloring.
- Whisk wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture begins to clump together. If needed, add one drop of water at a time to make the mixture clump.
- Press mixture into the K-Cups. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
- Remove bath bombs from the K-Cups by sliding a sharp knife into the small hole at the bottom of each cup. Slice a slit until the K-Cup can be pulled away from the bath bomb.
- To use bath bombs: Place in a hot bath and enjoy!