DIY Detox Foot Soak

At home detox foot soak recipe

I’m a big fan of healing clays. I put them in my own bath and in my children’s bath water. I use them on my face as a face mask and my armpits to help detox and avoid odor.

Another way I love to use them that is much easier than a full bath is a foot detox. This provides many of the benefits as a clay or salt bath without the mess and extra work.

Pamper your feet…

Our feet are a hard working part of our body. Whether we are walking, chasing kids, working at a standing desk, wearing high heels, cooking, or any other daily activity, our feet take a beating.

This is the reason a foot massage or pedicure is so relaxing. Our feet often hold more stress that we realize and relaxing our feet is a great way to help relax the whole body. Even just a regular foot soak in hot water with epsom salt is relaxing, but I’ve found that adding a few additional ingredients can increase the relaxation and health benefits.

I love to add Bentonite Clay which is beneficial to the body in several ways:

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

I’ve found that my favorite combination for a soothing detox foot soak is bentonite and epsom salts, but I have an unusual way of making the foot soak…

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A DIY Detox Foot Soak:

To get the most benefits from the clay and the epsom salts, I found an unusual way to start this bath. I began by mixing 1/2 cup of epsom salt into the water for a foot soak. I use a tub like this one, but even a three- dollar dishpan or a bucket will work just fine.

I dissolve the epsom salt in hot (but not boiling) water and set it on a towel.

Then, I mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Then, I add a little water to thin, if needed. I coat my feet in this mixture and let it dry for 10 minutes.

By this time, the water has cooled enough to put my feet in and the bentonite has dried. I add 10 drops of essential oils to the water at this point if I want to. When I put my feet in the tub, the hardened clay dissolves slowly and the benefits of the epsom salts take effect.

I continue to soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing my feet with a natural brush.

I rinse my feet and pat them dry. Typically, I do this before bed since it is really relaxing, but it could be done anytime.

Foot Soak Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    water to thin mixture (if needed)
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 6 quarts of hot water (or enough to fill your container)
  • A few drops of essential oils(optional)

How to Make a Detox Foot Soak

  1. Dissolve the epsom salt in really hot, but not boiling water in a large bowl or foot tub.
  2. Set on a towel to let cool.
  3. Mix the bentonite clay and the apple cider vinegar to make a paste and add water if needed to make smooth (sour cream consistency).
  4. Smooth over feet and ankles and let sit for 10 minutes until starting to dry and crack.
  5. Place in foot soak for 15 minutes. The clay will slowly dissolve and fall off.
  6. At the end, use a natural bristle brush to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
  7. Rinse and pat dry.

Love Healing Clays? Here are some other ideas to try:

Do you pamper your feet? What is your favorite way?

This simple DIY detoxifying foot soak combines the benefits of epsom salt, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and essential oils for detox and stress relief.

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  1. I was wondering how you dispose of the dirty water. I am concerned with the clay being a problem.

      • Also, I like CALCIUM bentonite clay by Living Clay. I’ve used bentonite poltices on spots that looked suspicious, and painful areas on my colon. It can be also used in an enema(sorry to the squeamish types)coffee enemas are highly recommended by many alternative medicine docs, fyi. I use large bandaids and place the mudpack on that and then place on body and leave for a few hours or over night. Bentonite is great!!

  2. I use bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar paste for facials. I have oily skin and this makes my skin feel great.

  3. I wonder about the plastic bowls and the pulling of chemicals from them. Any thoughts on that. I’ve noticed in Japan they use ceramic. I use a huge pyrex bowl right now.

    • Yes, I too am VERY concerned about using a plastic basin/bowl to detox my feet. I am wondering why your question wasn’t replied to, actually! I would love to purchase the recommended foot “tub” but it is clearly plastic and essential oils pull toxins from plastic. So confused about this!

      • Ceramic and glass are definitely great options. If you have a big enough glass bowl, that is an excellent idea to use.

        • My daughter and I visited a food pampering service called Soakology and they used, what looked like, copper vats.

        • Do you think a stainless steel bowl or pot is ok? Or would that leach, too?

          • With bentonite clay using any metal is not recommended. Only plastic or wooden bowls or utensils. Remember it will clash with metals.

  4. I am going to try this tonight! Do you, or anyone, know if this would be helpful in getting rid of toenail fungus?

    • Marie, Don’t know if it gets rid of toenail fungus, but I got rid of mine with garlic purée mixed with raw honey, and then a soak with Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil in hot water 🙂 takes a while, but do it every day and it works like a miracle!

    • I use old toothbrush n apply coconut oil to toenail fungus. It was gone n a month.

    • I would try colloidal silver. I like Sovereign Silver and Natural Path Silver Wings. (I’m not affiliated with either) I’m also a big fan of Lugol’s iodine. You could just use the drops right where the problem is. Also,.baking soda is highly antifungal. Some alternative doctors use it for cancer believing some cancer is a fungus (I dissolve about 1 Tablespoon in warm distilled water and when cool put in a spray bottle. You can also make a paste with it by adding a little water. Hope this helps you. 🙂

  5. I’m wondering which toxins are drawn out by the clay. Also, don’t we need heavy metals in our body? How much do we need and how much is drawn out? How often is too often to soak?

    • Most heavy metals are not good for us, and animals have been known to instinctively eat bentonite clay for health reasons.
      If you’re worried about losing the good along with the bad you can replace minerals using the following I have found to be useful: black strap molasses (esp. useful for heavy periods since it is high in iron), brewers yeast, goat mineral whey, diatomaceous earth(high in silica, food grade only), Concentrace mineral drops made from sea water and bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly. (NEVER give infants bee products) and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.

  6. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Thank you for this post! The house I live in has no bathtub and I have seriously missed taking baths since living here. This foot soak sounds like a great alternative.

  8. I was wondering if you could use magnesium flakes instead of Epsom salts or would the detox cancel out the magnesium? I frequently do a magnesium foot soak to add more magnesium to my body.

    • I think Epsom Salts are magnesium sulphate, same thing. I put a cupful in a bowl of hot water for foot soak of at least 20 mins. for maximum absorption through the skin.

    • Most magnesium flakes are MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE. Epsom salts are MAGNESIUM SULFATE. MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE is the better choice from my understanding.

  9. This recipe looks great! Thank you for sharing! Is this also safe for pregnancy?

  10. Where do you buy the clay?

      • Katie, I’ve read several of your posts about bentonite clay with interest; however, when I examined the pictures of the Redmond Clay from your links to Amazon, it says it has traces of lead in it. I haven’t seen any explainations on your site as to how this can be safe to use on our skin or to swallow it. Can you please explain this? It seems odd to me to use something that contains a toxin to draw toxins out of our bodies. I guess I’ve always thought that there was no level of lead that was safe and that it would build up over time in our bodies. If you’ve already explained this somewhere on your site, then please direct me there. Thanks! –Rachel

  11. Awesome Idea!!!

  12. Hello I really enjoy your posts just a question tho is this foot soak jarable and how long can I keep it? it sounds fast and easy but if its not ready I dont make time for it

  13. Can I substitute White DistilledVinegar for the Apple Cider Vinegar? What is the difference in the two?

    • Apple ? cider vinegar is just that , and WHITE DISTILLED is distilled from PETROLEUM, I believe I would only use real , natural , not a chemical analog……THE CURE FOR ALL DISEASES by HULDA R. CLARK , Phd. ,N.D.

  14. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!! I have the same brand of Brntonite clay and its spectacular on the face! 🙂

  15. I read on another site that there is lead in epsom salts, however I can’t find anything to verify that.
    Thoughts anyone?

  16. Hi…..i always wonder when combining baking soda and vinegar what is the purpose… totally changes the PH needed via the baking soda and certainly does not make the vinegar remain acidic… i am a bit confused……thanks…..

  17. Is this safe during pregnancy?

  18. Hello, I see you mention using the Aztec Healing Clay for external uses [such as facials] do you not use this clay for soaks as well? [bath|foot soak] & if so why not? Thank you!

  19. Hi! about detoxing using bentonite clay & apple cider, as of now apple cider run out of stocks everywhere what else can we use?

  20. “I continue to soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing my feet with a natural brush.

    I rinse my feet and pat them dry. Typically, I do this before bed since it is really relaxing, but it could be done anytime.”

    How do you rinse your feet if you have them soaking in the tub, do you wipe them off and then take the tub to the faucet to get more water? I’m just trying to figure out how to do this without tracking water all over the place, to get them rinsed.

  21. I have Plantar Faciitis and I am a huge fan of detoxing. I can’t wait to try your foot soak. I have used Bentonite clay detox that I purchased at the Vitamine Shoppe by my house. I took one tablespoon twice a day for one month with lots of water. Omg I had mucloid plaque release from my intestines that was this black tar rubbery looking stuff. I also took Humaworm Detox for 30 days (not the same time as the bentonite) I waited 90 days, repeated the HUMAWORM. I did this for one year and my Fibromyalgia was gone!!!!! You can read my testimony on their website. The title says No more Breast cysts. I don’t work for the company. just want to pass on what helped me. I’m going to give this detox a try!!! Thank you for sharing. You have a huge heart. Hugs. Donna

  22. Is this safe to do while nursing?

  23. Great info here. So many, very enlightened people too!

    • Wow I’m new, been doing natural on and off for over 45 yrs and very impressed with this free wonderful website. I have lots of things wrong that are going to be fixed or helped.

  24. Hi I’m just sat here with my feet in the detox and was reading comments. Many have mentioned lead in the bentonite is this true as have enough medical problems now??

    • Yes there is, but since lead is a naturally occurring element and there is only trace amounts, it’s not something that I worry about.

  25. Can I substitute diatomaceous clay for the bentonite clay?