How To Make An Easy Homemade Foot Soak

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This easy homemade foot soak recipe is made with just a few simple and natural ingredients to help relax and soften feet. Epsom salts, baking soda and flower petals are combined to make this the best soothing recipe.

women wearing a pink shirt holding a small jar of homemade foot soak topped with dried roses

Who else could use a relaxing foot soak? Heck, make it a day at the spa.

With all the craziness of the last few weeks, I would say we all could use some relaxation.

Plus, summer is coming, folks. 

In Oregon, the sun has been out so much more than is typical for spring, leaving me desperate for one thing. 

You know what it is? Birkenstock sandals. Because I live in Oregon and I’m a walking cliche.

You know what also looks real ugly right now after being covered up and ignored the past six months? My feet. 

Maybe this is too much to share.

This simple foot soak is also great for sore feet. Not only does the warm water help everything feel better, but also, Epsom salts contain magnesium and can help soothe sore muscles including achy feet.

small jar of diy foot soak topped with dried flowers. A jar of fresh chamomile and another jar of dried roses on a blue and white napkin are in the background

Benefits Of A Foot Soak

This simple yet luxurious experience can help relax your tired feet and provide a much-needed break from a long day. 

Soaking your feet not only promotes relaxation but also helps to hydrate dry skin, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, and relieve muscle tension.

An epsom salt foot soak can also help promote good sleep due to the magnesium content. By incorporating a DIY foot soak into your self-care routine, you can create a tranquil oasis right in the comfort of your own home.

Tips:

  • For a relaxing soak, add relaxing essential oils, light a candle, play calming music, or incorporate a gentle foot massage into your routine, these small additions can elevate your a spa-like experience.
  • There are many ways to make this recipe your own. Add your favorite essential oils, including a clay like bentonite clay or french green clay for detoxification.
  • This is an easy way to soften feet to remove dead skin cells before completing a DIY pedicure.

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Simple Ingredients:

Epsom salt

Baking soda

Dried flowers and herbs (optional)

​Vinegar: Apple cider or white vinegar will both work. A vinegar foot soak may help foot odor and fungal infections. Vinegar has antifungal properties.

Tools you may need:

Measuring cups and spoons

Essential oils

Bowl

Spoon

Storage jar

FAQ

What can I soak my feet in to soften them?

Epsom salts and baking soda do a wonderful job at softening feet. You could also add a few drops of a moisturizing oil like jojoba or olive oil.

What can I use instead of Epsom salt to soak my feet?

You could skip the Epsom salts in this recipe and just use baking soda and herbs. Or do a mixture of two parts water to one part vinegar.

Best Essential Oils

Lavender essential oil and chamomile. This combo smells heavenly together.

Peppermint or spearmint. (just add 1-2 drops) if nursing, avoid peppermint as it can decrease your milk supply.

Clary sage – not safe during pregnancy

Ylang-Ylang

Bergamot or wild orange.

Tea tree oil – has antibacterial properties

If you are new to essential oils, make sure to check out my beginners guide to essential oils with everything you need to know.

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How To Make A Foot Soak

adding Epsom salts to a a teal bowl with baking soda in it

In a bowl, add Epsom salts and baking soda.

women wearing pink shirt adding dried roses to a bowl of DIY foot soak

Sprinkle in dried herbs and flowers. I like lavender, rose, and chamomile. They are easy to find and all are very calming and good for the skin.

women wearing pink shirt adding essential oils to a bowl of homemade foot soak

Add in 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender, spearmint, orange, etc (see above for recommendations).

Mix together and store until ready to use.

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How To Use A DIY Foot Bath:

Add warm water to a bath or foot tub.

Pour a few spoonfuls of the herbal foot soak into the warm water and allow to dissolve.

To help remove dead skin, you can also add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water soak mixture.

Place feet into the warm water and soak feet. Allow the salts and herbs to work for 20-30 minutes.

After soaking, it’s a great time to use a pumice stone and a DIY foot scrub (or brown sugar scrub) to make your feet incredibly soft.

Dry feet and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Other Add-Ins

Bentonite clay

Coconut milk

Sea salt

Lemon juice

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women wearing a pink shirt holding a small jar of homemade foot soak topped with dried roses

DIY Foot Soak

The best homemade foot soak is made with a few simple ingredients to help relax and soften feet.
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 foot soaks

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbs dried flowers or herbs optional
  • 10 drops essential oils I like to add eucalyptus and lavender

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add Epsom salts and baking soda.Sprinkle in dried herbs and flowers.
  • Add in 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender, spearmint, orange, etc (see above for recommendations).
  • Mix together and store until ready to use.

To Use:

  • Add warm water to a bath or foot tub.
  • Pour a few scoopfuls of the herbal foot soak into the warm water and allow to dissolve.
  • To help remove dead skin, you can also add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water soak mixture.
  • Place feet into the warm water soak and allow the salts and herbs to work for 20-30 minutes.
  • After soaking, it's a great time to use a pumice stone and a foot scrub to make your feet incredibly soft.
  • Dry feet and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Notes

You can use any combination of your favorite essential oils. Chamomile, lavender, wild orange, and eucalyptus are great to help you relax. A drop or two of peppermint or spearmint can add an invigorating scent and help achy feet.
Course: natural product
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Keyword: best foot soak, diy foot soak, homemade foot soak
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