How to Make a Home Steam Room

Written by chelsea hoffman | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Home Steam Room
A homemade steam room can be cheap, effective and reliable. (Bucket with water and a scoop in a sauna image by Georgiy Pashin from

A home steam room provides you with a relaxing environment without having to visit a day spa or exotic retreat. Knowing how to turn your bathroom into a homemade steam room gives you the ability to unwind after a day of work or pamper yourself for whatever reason you like. A homemade steam room is easy to put together and maintain without having to purchase and install expensive machinery and construction tools.

Plug in the crock pot on your bathroom counter. Make sure that it is not near the sink or shower. Add 1/2 cup of water to the pot.

Add the lava stones to the crock pot. Turn the crock pot to its highest setting and leave the lid off.

Tape rolled up towels into the cracks and crevices of your bathroom door and windows. This traps the air from being able to flow through the bathroom so you can contain the steam. Masking tape will hold for 30 minutes in a steamed bathroom, which is an adequate amount of time for a steam.

Turn on the shower and the sink, using hot water only. Let it run as the room fills up with steam.

Fill the brass bowl with ice. and lay the wash cloth inside of it to the side. Insert the ladle into the ice bowl.

Fold up a couple of towels and sit them on the floor. This gives you a cushioned place to sit while relaxing in the steam room. Alternatively you can sit on the toilet or a portable shower seat.

Pour a ladle full of ice, whether it's cubed or crushed, into the hot pot of lava stones. This will cause large, billowy clouds of steam to rise up as the room fills with the steam from the shower and sink. Make sure to do this after the crock pot has heated up for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Rub the cold, wet washcloth over your skin for an invigorating feeling during the steam session.


Cleanup is easy. Simply unplug and drain the crock pot, dispose of the masking tape around the door gaps and wash the towels.

Tips and warnings

  • Cleanup is easy. Simply unplug and drain the crock pot, dispose of the masking tape around the door gaps and wash the towels.

Things you need

  • Crock pot, 6 qts.
  • Lava rocks, 1.36kg.
  • Brass bowl, 4 qts.
  • Large wooden ladle
  • Ice, 4 qts.
  • Washcloth
  • Masking tape
  • Assorted towels

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