Pinterest pin for homemade Foot Soak Recipes to detox, relax and for pain relief.Have you ever wondered if homemade detox foot soak at home really works?  Now’s your chance to find out with these tips and DIY recipe.  After doing some online research it appears that you can actually remove toxins by using inexpensive ingredients you probably already have on hand so why spend money on expensive pads instead of your own  homemade detox foot soak recipe.

An at home foot soak is ideal for people who engage in a lot of standing, as it can help relax leg muscles and relieve pain from tired feet. It also helps eliminate toxins that have built up over the day’s work through the water used for soaking. A toxin-removing foot soak can be done at home with a few ingredients you probably already have lying around your home.  Makes me wonder what else I can make at home.  Hmmm, maybe homemade body butter for glowing skin.  I can feel it now.

Natural DIY Foot Soak Recipes

Putting baking soda in an at home foot detox bath
I ran across some all natural foot soak recipes and decided to give it a try by using my homemade detox foot soak recipe (see below).  Love that I can soak my footsies and quite possibly get some relief from pain in my feet. An epsom salt soak and apple cider vinegar soak can do wonders.  If you’ve ever wondered how to make homemade lash serum or other beauty products, head over to Mommy Lounge as they have tons of DIY or homemade recipes for you to try.

Since I have the ingredients for this one on hand, this is the DIY foot soak remedy I decided to try. I have arthritis in my feet and hoping this might ease some of the pain while I’m at it.  Let’s start your homemade foot bath!

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup epsom salt
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional)

A Word About Apple Cider Vinegar

containers of apple cider vinegar and baking soda used in foot soak recipes
If the smell of apple cider vinegar bothers you since vinegar has a strong smell, you can add one of the following or your favorite essential oils into your application. Use this essential oil dilution chart to understand how to dilute your oils. If you want to leave it out, you can. Sea salt is alkaline and therefore helps to lower the acidity of the body even without the ACV and in the homemade foot bath.  

Fill a large pot with 1/4 water and bring to a boil, add both salts and baking soda. As soon as they are dissolved, remove from heat and add cold water until the water feels warm and tolerable for your feet, usually the temp that you would use when you take a bath (do not put your feet in super hot water!) Add the ACV and essential oils to the foot soak. Soak feet for 30 minutes. For an all over foot soak, add to bath water and soak for 45-60 minutes.

Regular Practice of a DIY Foot Soak Benefits For Those With:

  • Dry skin disorders
  • Acne
  • Musculoskeletal pain and swelling
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis pain
  • Sports injuries

Epsom salt added to homemade detox foot soak

The Multitude of Benefits of a DIY Foot Detox Soak

  • Chill and Relax: Coming home to a warm water soak with calming herbs? Absolute bliss! Submerge those tired feet, and it’s instant relaxation. More than just soothing your feet, it helps melt away the day’s stress.
  • Boost Your Blood Flow: Your feet are always on the move – whether you’re running errands or dancing the night away. A warm soak is their reward ticket, rejuvenating them and promoting healthier circulation. It’s the kind of TLC they often cry out for.
  • Skin’s New Best Friend: Here’s where the magic happens. Ingredients like salts, essential oils, and some special herbs don’t just pamper – they transform. They help exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate, giving your skin that soft, radiant glow. You won’t just feel the difference, you’ll see it.
  • Detox Delight: Many enthusiasts of foot detox soaks share stories of feeling incredibly refreshed afterward. It’s like offering your feet a refreshing spa day, helping them feel rejuvenated. Moreover, this detox process can also help draw out impurities, leaving your feet feeling cleaner and more invigorated.

A DIY foot detox soak brings together relaxation, wellness, and a beauty boost for your skin.  For cleaner non-toxic recipes for cleaning, here’s another great one, budget friendly homemade Oxiclean stain remover, a recipe that not only gets your laundry clean but makes your clothes brighter and whiter.

Crafting Your Herbal Detox Foot Soak

Begin with warm water in a foot tub. Introduce Epsom salt, a favorite for its relaxing and detoxifying qualities. Add apple cider vinegar for its antimicrobial benefits. Integrate a blend of essential oils and your choice of herbs, either fresh or dried. Steep them as you would a tea in the warm water, allowing their healing properties to infuse the soak.

Adding lavender and other herbs to use for foot detox recipes

The Healing Power of Herbs in Your Detox Foot Soak

Consider adding herbs into your foot soak recipes.  They have been revered for centuries for their medicinal properties. Putting them into your detox foot soak can offer benefits.  Here are a few:

  • Lavender: Known for its calming powers, lavender is a star player in relaxation. When added to a foot soak, it can ease the mind, dispel anxiety, and set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Rosemary: More than just a kitchen herb, rosemary benefits are therapeutic. Its anti-inflammatory qualities can boost circulation and breathe life back into worn-out muscles, making it a must-have for a rejuvenating foot soak.  Side note:  did you know you can make rosemary water for hair growth?
  • Chamomile: Chamomile is like a gentle hug for your skin. With its mild anti-inflammatory and soothing traits, it’s fantastic for calming irritated skin. Added to a foot soak, it not only comforts the skin but envelops you in relaxation.
  • Mint: There’s nothing quite like the zing of mint. It offers a crisp, cooling sensation, ideal for waking up tired feet. Plus, it amps up circulation and fills the air with its refreshing scent, enhancing the foot soak experience.
  • Eucalyptus: This herb isn’t just for koalas. Eucalyptus is revered for its pain-relieving properties, especially beneficial for those with arthritis. Its penetrating aroma combined with its therapeutic qualities makes it a perfect addition for a more medicinal soak.
  • Ginger: Ginger is a warming herb known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. When added to a soak, it can help soothe joint pain and reduce inflammation, which can be especially beneficial for arthritis sufferers.
  • Calendula: Often used in skincare products, calendula is a wonder herb for the skin. Its moisturizing and healing properties can soothe dry, cracked feet and promote skin health.
  • Willow Bark: Often referred to as “nature’s aspirin”, willow bark contains salicin, which can help reduce pain and inflammation, making it beneficial for those with arthritis.

By incorporating these herbs into your foot soak recipe, you’re not just giving your feet a treat, but you’re also harnessing the potent healing and soothing powers of nature. Enjoy your holistic pampering session!

How much epsom salt for homemade foot soak?

For a homemade foot soak, you should use approximately 1/2 cup of Epsom salt for every gallon of warm water.

How long to soak foot in epsom salt?

When using Epsom salt for a foot soak, it’s best to soak your foot for about 20 to 30 minutes.



  1. Jenny Merritt

    The recipe calls for baking soda but doesn’t say when to add it. Does that go in with the ACV?

  2. Tina

    You can add it in with the salts and dissolve it in the boiling water.

  3. These 2nd grade teacher toes are LOVING
    this post!!! Thank you!! Can’t wait to try this over Thanksgiving break!

  4. Oh. I have to try this. I already have all ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rhonda S.

    Trying this out as we speak! WARNING— add the baking soda SLOWLY. It boiled out of my pot and all over the stove. ?

  6. Michelle Brook

    How many times a week do you recommend the foot detox .

  7. Is it really only 1/4 cup of water that you boil?

  8. Ooooh this looks like a lovely recipe, so relaxing, can’t wait to try it 😉

  9. This is a helpful post for me. I suffer from poor circulation and I’m sure my feet have something to do with it! I will definitely try this out at home, it sounds so relaxing too.

  10. Perfect time. I am planning on soaking my feet this week (I try to make it a weekly care routine while I read my Bible, but I allow other things to distract me). I’m definitely giving this one a try. Thank you.
    Do you have a post for full body soak?

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