3 Natural Detox Bath Recipes

Three Healing Detox Bath Recipes

Nothing is more relaxing than a warm bath… except perhaps a relaxing warm detox bath that also helps cleanse the body…

Seriously- these detox baths will help remove toxins from the body and they also tend to make you tired so I suggest doing them before bed!

If you struggle with toxins or skin issues these natural recipes are a simple, easy and inexpensive way to boost health! I’m always up for a warm bath, and these natural add-ons help improve health while you relax!

Salt Detox Bath Recipe

Salt Detox Bath Instructions

Dissolve Salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a quart size jar and set aside. Fill tub with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in and add essential oils if using.

Soak in bath for 30 minutes or as long as desired. Note that with any detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out. I don’t recommend doing this while home alone or before going somewhere in case you are tired or need help.

This bath is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels and overall detoxing.

Clay Detox Bath Recipe

Clay Detox Bath Instructions

Dissolve the epsom salts in a warm/hot bath and add essential oils if desired. For the clay there are two options:

  1. Vigorously mix the clay in to a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Do not use metal for this! I mix with a plastic spoon in a glass jar. Add the clay mix to the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Mix that clay with a small amount of water to make a paste. Stand in the tub full of water and rub the clay mix all over your body to create a skin mask and let dry for 5 minutes before sitting down. This provides direct contact with the skin and effectively pulls toxins from the skin. Soak in bath at least 20 minutes or as long as desired. While soaking, use a wash cloth to scrub any remaining clay off the skin.

This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins as the clay binds to heavy metals and the epsom salts help pull a variety of toxins from the body while replenishing magnesium levels.

Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe

Oxygen Detox Bath Instructions

Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried Ginger. Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired. This bath is especially helpful during illness as the ginger helps clear congestion or alleviate body aches. It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.

Additional Detox Bath Notes

  • The warmer the water, the more powerful the detox effect will be.
  • If you have chlorine and fluoride in your water, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to any of these baths to help absorb the chemicals so they aren’t absorbed into the skin.
  • Any of these natural ingredients can be used alone or in combination for a cleansing effect.
  • All recipes can be doubled or tripled but this will increase the detox effect.
  • I recommend starting slowly with this or any health change.

Important: I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.

Ever taken a detox bath? Got a different recipe you use? Share below!

These natural detox bath recipes help naturally remove toxins from the body and boost health. Recipes for detox salt bath, detox clay bath and oxygen bath.

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  1. Love your blog so much! Do you think these will help with skin boils / cyst? And how often should these baths be taken? Thanks so much!

    • They might… you’ll probably have to experiment with the best combination for your skin though. They can be taken daily if needed…

    • Colloidial Silver…..is a must! My daughter had the same issues and the Dr’s wanted to put her on an antibotic for the rest of her life. We put her on colloidial silver for 2 months and they were completely gone and never have returned.

      Its a natural antibotic and perfectly safe

      • I was on antibiotics for cysts/acne until I started going to my naturopath. She’s not giving me what I need to rid it without the antibiotics though. If I may ask, how is she using the colloidal silver? Sublingual? Topical? What strength. I’m new to it and so far have only used in our nebulizer with illness. Thanks for your help 🙂

        • I’ve read that many people’s acne cleared up when they took Green Pature’s fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend.

        • I had cystic acne for decades and a pharmacist said it is different than other acnes. It’s a toxicity issue and that I should give up gluten and watch my sugar intake (along with taking vitamins). Sometimes I slack on the vitamins with no real adverse effects…BUT MY ACNE IS GONE!!! I strongly suggest completely getting rid of the gluten and see what happens.

        • How do you use silver in your nebulizer?!

      • That is the smartest thing I have heard anyone else say all year! I am so pro silver! That stuff cures cancer and all kinds of other stuff! LOVE IT! And u can make it in the privacy of your own home

        • How much do you drink a day? I have severe systemic Candida where can I buy a good brand?

          • ME TOO. I hate candida and it has caused vitiligo. :/

          • Hi there, I very rarely post and almost never reply to comments but when it comes to colloidal silver I feel I must. Hands down it is the best thing I have ever done for myself and now I have family and friends reaping the benefits. There are so many known pathogens , bacteria, and viruses that are harmful if not fatal to the human body and antibiotics are only effective on a small percentage of these. It has been proven in other countries that in the presence of silver colloid and silver ions that none of these harmful or fatal pathogens, bacteria, or viruses can as survive in the presence of silver for more than six seconds. Of course these we’re very controlled lab tests but the fact is that it is used almost everywhere but the U.S. to treat everything and has cured cancer. Unfortunately we live in a country controlled by big business and the pharmacutical industry is one of if not the largest and they have done everything they can to squash the use of colloidal silver. 99% of pharmacy drugs are a sham, believe it or don’t believe it. I wish everyone would just try it and see for yourself. Next time you are given antibiotics take colloidal see silver instead for 3-5 days and your infection will be gone. Don’t just buy anything that is marketed, do a little research or better yet make it yourself…and no you don’t have to buy an expensive colloidal silver generator. Most of info online is hog wash but you can find all info needed but it takes some time but io sent your life and o ty hers we north some diligent research. True story….I nor anyone of my children nor my 4 year old granddaughter have been sick or to a doc for an illness since starting to take it. My 4 year old granddaughter has never been sick or had the common cold. When o ty hers start getting sick I start taking a little silver daily or every other day for couple weeks and we just simply don’t get the bug. Please people do yourself a favor and give it an honest try, you won’t regret it. Peace, love and best wishes to you all. Sincerely, ju as t a regular guy ?

      • What brand is good?

        • Tindall Effect on amazon, or sovereign collodial silver

          • Danielle Thanks for the information on the name

          • Where would I buy it? Thank you

        • Yeah I was hoping for a name brand – I’m not sure why people don’t give that if it works for them I try to give out as much information as I can

          • my son is 3 yrs old from the time he was one til 2 months ago he had had almost 30 ear infections and croup same number of times.every 2 weeks for 2 yrs we were at the drs.office.He has had 2 sets of tubes, tonsils,and adenoids removed.no one could say for sure why he stayed sick.allergist said no allergies but still put him on nasal spray and 2 allergy meds. other specialist said could be rare form of asthma got 2 asthma meds.one said gerd and gave another med.he was taking all these plus a steroid at least once a month and an antibiotic every month.then 30 day antibiotic turned into a 97 day script that had to be changed 4 times.He never caught a break n i was at my witts end.i stopped giving him any meds and took him to a chiropractor.her test showed T2 and C3 not in line.one is bronchial tubes the other is ears.he gets adjustments weekly. we use Sovereign Silver for the one ear inf hes had since going .cleared up within few days.he had the strider breathing couple days last week i used the Sovereign silver in his nebulizer it worked better than any breathing treatment we have ever used.I am sold on this no side effects! the last cough med he got at the pediatrician was codein it actually said can cause death in children.

          • Sovereign Silver is what we use.

        • Natures Sunshine is the best I have tried and they have 3rd party testing for their purity

      • How is injecting yourself with silver safe?

        • You’re not “injecting” anything into your body. Please do your own research. I don’t use colloidal silver, but Nano Silver and its a freaking miracle. Silver is an element. In its pure form its completely natural. The amounts used for health purposes are almost trace and safer than any chemical. Silver has been proven to kill cancer cells. As was stated above, the pharmaceutical industry has taken colossal steps to squash anything natural in favor of big business. The list of things that silver can cure is astounding. Just think about it – humans have survived this long without all the medicine thats available today and people are generally sicker than ever. Sure, we live longer, but at what cost?

  2. I love a good, relaxing bath! Thanks for these recipes. I have a question about water…ours does have chlorine and flouride. I would love to have a whole-house filter installed, but I have no idea who to call, where to get one. Anything you can recommend?

    • I don’t know of a good whole house filter that removes fluoride so for now we have a berkey for drinking water and carbon shower filters…

      • Do you think the benefits of a daily detox bath would outweigh the harmful effects of daily fluoride exposure? I have a berkey shower filter that removes chlorine and metals but not fluoride.

        • Detox is a bit extreme for every day…I do mine about once a week. They are very draining but you will feel a difference with the first bath….I do the salt one and add ginger to the water too.. I do a three to one on the main ingredients and a couple of teaspoons of ginger powder. Then a whole cup of the vinegar with the sediment…costs a little more but works a lot better. That bath has changed my life one week at a time.

          • i have a question about the salt baking soda vinegar detox. Will white vinegar work?

      • Why type of Hydrogen Peroxide do you use? the 35% Food Grade? Or the Pharmacy 3%?

        • This is a good question and should be specified in the blog entry. If you use the Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide it’s 35% and that is strong stuff. I’ve burned my vagina in a sitz bath (the tub that fits on a toilet) with that and that was even bringing it down to 3% and adding a lot more water on top of that too. Some people pour that stuff straight into their bathtubs without a problem. I tried it one more time and even with just a couple of ounces after bringing it down to 3% I still burned. That was Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

      • What is a Berkey?

    • Hi! I am super sensitive to chlorine & Florida in my water. A couple of years ago I did research to find a filter for our house. I came across Aquasana. They have several different types but their whole house filter also has a UV light to kill ecoli & other gram negative bacteria. I have noticed a huge difference in my gut health since using these filters. We signed up for the automatic mail out of the filters every six months. This is not only helpful bit economical too as they are cheaper & if you have trouble with your unit the replace it for free, at least they have done that for our smaller faucet units. Their customer service is excellent & they are a high quality filter. You should at least research & check them out for yourself. Hope this helps.

    • When you have any water problems you should call your local Culligan Man! My husband and I have been in the water business for over 25 years. Many water processing companies have come and gone promising all kinds of solutions to water problems. Culligan has been in business continually for over 75 years. Your local Culligan Man will be able to help and educate you about any water problem you have. (unlike other companies that will charge you an arm and a leg for a mediocre product) And you can be sure that his information is backed by years of expertise.

    • You can buy those at Loews, we live on the Rio Grande in Texas, thats where our water comes from, we have the whole house filter, reverse osmosis, water softner, use potassium in it. They can inform you and you will need a plumber to install, but well worth it!!!

    • Use,clay as,suggested at the top

    • I went to Home Depot & they had a person there from a Water Filtration company called RainSoft. I love it, no more white pot rims, the dishwasher leaves everything sparkling clean, your skin is soft, I can go on but try them.

  3. Love these options! Thank you for the recipes!! I do have one question.. as a nursing mama are these ok for me to do? Are toxins released into my milk as my body flushes them out?

    • I’ve seen things on both sides of this one. In general, I avoid internal detoxifying (supplements, herbs etc) but personally feel comfortable with external ones like this..

      • Be sure if you’re pregnant to not make water too hot. I made mine too warm and I thought my son was going to jump out through my throat. 🙂

    • Always check with your doctor when you are pregnant.

  4. Do you have good tubby suggestions for kids? My kids sleep really well if I add a handful of epsom salt to their bath.

    • I second that request! I’m always looking for safe ingredients to add to the bath water for my little boys–ingredients that will help them relax but won’t cause any problems during the “splash-fest.” The only thing I’ve tried thus far is Chamomile.

    • I add a little epsom salt, magnesium flakes, sea salt and clay to my kids baths a lot of the time…

      • Thanks! I like it when bath products have many uses and when they can be safely used by anyone in our house. We tend to keep to basics when we can.

  5. Love these! Other places I’ve read call for a lot of the ingredients(such as 2+ lbs. of clay, or 3 cups of salts). Glad to know that smaller amounts are significant!

    One question…Is there such a thing as too hot of a bath? Sometimes I take what I call a “sweat bath”- a bath that’s hot enough to make me sweat, and maybe feel lightheaded and super thirsty. Is that a good thing for detoxing, or is that too hot? No, I’m not pregnant, as it probably would not be a good idea then.

    • When not pregnant, I’ve always read that hot is fine as long as it isn’t burning the skin… always drink a lot of water before and after though!

  6. I love these! My favorite is the salt one because it combines all my favorite detoxifiers in one 🙂

  7. Does the bentonite clay in the bathwater build up or clog your pipes at all?

    • I have experienced some clogging of my tub drain. This was after trying to flush a more significant amount of clay down. Just kinda had to work it down to be honest. But I live in an apartment complex that has less than desirable pipes.

      • I like to clean all my sinks every now and then. Sprinkle like half cup bicarbonate soda add same amount of white vinegar then after a minute pour boiling water to flush out.

  8. Do you think these would be okay for a pregnant woman to do, if the water was kept relatively mild?

  9. What’s wrong with fluoride?

    • Google “What’s wrong with fluoride”.

  10. I was just looking on mountainrose….French green clay seems pretty awesome, why not use that for the clay detox bath?

    • Any clay will work actually 🙂 Green clay IS awesome

  11. If I have fresh ginger root, can I just grind it down as much as possible and use that, or would I really have to dry it, too?

    • You can use fresh… it smells great 🙂

  12. One thing that should be added is that Hydrogen Peroxide baths (or H202 baths) are highly detoxifying. When you soak in the hot bath, the H202 draws the toxins out of your body and pushes them to the lymphatic system. You need to shock your body with 1 minute of the coldest water you can stand, immediately following the hot H202 soak so the toxins don’t sit in your lymph nodes. This is extremely important.

    • So are you saying to take the hydrogen peroxide bath, then jump in the col water for a minute, then back to the peroxide bath?

      • I think she means just after the bath. It pulls them all to the front so you use the cold water to get them out.

    • Is it necessary to do a cold shower after an epsom salt soak as well or is this true for hydrogen perioxide soaks, only?

    • What is the cold water supposed to do? The lymphatic system is you bodies natural immune system. Staying hydrated and movement (lymphatic is a low pressure system and needs muscular contractions to push lymph along) is the only thing that will clear lymph nodes out.

  13. Are all of these safe to use with children using the same amount of ingredients? Also, if so, my kids (ages 5 and 3) like to bathe together..Do you know if it would be OK to allow them to still take a bath together while doing this or should they be separated? Thanks soo much!!

    • I add about half strength of these to my kids baths even if they are bathing together…

  14. This gives me an excuse to make time in my busy mommy schedule for my own bath!
    I am so excited to try this but thinking I might substitute the Apple Cider with Coconut Vinegar. I spent nearly three years physically incapacitated from ulcers & digestion issues until I found the magical coconut. So excited to see more of your ideas!

  15. I have a question about hair during these detox baths…what do you do with it? Do you soak it as well or put it up & keep it out? I have really long hair but have scalp issues that could benefit from the detoxing. Any suggestions?

    • I usually let me hair get wet too, especially since my hair is blonde and it seems to help clarify it… Then, i just rinse my hair well after….

      • Thanks! Isn’t the clay hard to remove from hair? I did the one with the B. Clay last night in my large garden tub. I pulled my hair up & tried not to get it wet. However, the clay made the tub slippery & I slid into the tub too far & got it wet anyway. As I was sliding across the tub I kept thinking…not the hair, not the hair! Oh well, I tried to be careful. 😉 lol I just took a cool shower, per Brie’s suggestions above, & washed my hair after the bath. But I may leave it down next time & see what happens. 🙂 Thanks again.

  16. Hey there, I am allergic sensitive skin to most things so do you think the salt one would be okay? 🙂

  17. Thanks for posting these! I did the first one tonight & feel great! However, the boiling salt/baking soda mixture foamed up & boiled over onto the stove when I added the Epsom salt. Don’t know what I did wrong…? 🙁

    • Hon, you do not need to cook anything, just use the plain dry ingredients and dump them into the bath like the old bath salts…then dump in the vinegar. It may foam a little if it hits the baking soda if it does just swirl the water in the tub.

      • Doesn’t the ACV just react with the baking soda to make water?

    • I had this happen too. The recipe says to add the dry ingredients to boiling water. It made a mess when it boiled over. Perhaps the recipe instructions need to change?

      • I think the problem your having is in reading the recipe incorrectly…I believe you are supposed to pour boiling water into a quart size mason jar that has the ingredients in it ready & waiting. I don’t think you are supposed to have a pot boiling and add the ingredients that way. Is that what happened? 🙂

  18. What would you recommend for detoxing if you don’t have a bath. Unfortunately my Uni accomodation only has a shower

    • You can do a foot and hand soak at the same time. Helps draw out the toxins that way.

      • I actually went ahead and made this into a foot bath…not thinking that the higher concentration may have a side effect. Is your salt detox bath recipe ok to use as a foot bath, or would you dilute it?

    • I also needed a tub to soak in… so I went to KMart and bought a 46 gallon plastic storage bin. It fits into my shower and I can soak up to my chin. I only need to fill it not quite half way because it will come to the top once I get in. I am 5’4″ and weigh 155 pounds. I can’t stretch my legs out flat, but they aren’t all scrunched up either. I just use a bucket to empty it out which isn’t a problem for me since I like to recycle the water anyway.

      • I would reconsider using plastic since its toxic to the body. I wouldn’t want to risk my body soaking up plastic.

        • Yeah, a plastic Bin was my thing too till I read about the clay pulling the toxins out of plastics. I don’t like the sound of that, but what is a better alternative? My tub is synthetic materials as well, so is there a “natural” tub out there?

        • Hi Katie ,
          WOW! You are amazing with all the research you do and for such an awesome website! Your on top of pretty much every health topic I’ve been looking into, you’ve been an invaluable resource! Keep up the good work!

      • Kar Mala, great suggestion using a large plastic tub to soak in. The benefits from these baths far outweigh any potential issues from plastic tubs. I think we are too concerned about plastics because a few are not safe.

  19. Ok so! LOL There isn’t any negative reactions to these right? The epsom salt I’ve heard of all the time, but the clay one, I haven’t. I was just wondering how often can you do this?

  20. Will this help,when givein birth,later u feel coldness on the back , cold in my legges,back pain when bending for a while,,body hurts wen were outside with no sweater?????

  21. Are there any essentials you shouldn’t use in the salt detox bath? I used tangerine because I love that smell, especially in the summer. I had a very strange experience. As I was sitting in the bath, first my legs, then upper thighs..on the back, then my buttocks and up my back started to tingle and almost burn. It also did so some on my inner arms. Any ideas Katie or anyone?

    • I got tingles the first time I used magnesium salts. Apparently
      this is your body desperately absorbing it….im guessing your body really needed it?

      • I reduced the amount of magnesium and built it up more slowly 🙂

        • Thank you for your reply Debbie! I thought something was really going wrong. I used it next time with peppermint EO and didn’t have as much of that effect. Plus less magnesium because it bubbled over when I mixed it up 🙂

          • If you used ginger, the ginger can cause that burning sensation! Or eucalyptus oil in the water can also do that.

    • Hi– I am a soapmaker, so I use essential oils in my business. All citrus oils will burn you if applied directly to the skin. If you add them directly to the tub, they sit on top of the water and don’t fully incorporate–if you had a jacuzzi tub bubbling all the time you would be ok. So yes, they will burn you. (I have a scar between my breasts where I spilled some sweet orange when I first started out!) It is best to add them to a carrier oil before adding to the tub, and then put a bit of that oil in the tub. So, thinking of a shot size container. Fill it half to all the way full with your oil–almond, apricot or whatever fresh oil you have in the cupboard–even the olive will work fine. Add your drops of essential oil, stir. Then add a teaspoon or so to the bathtub. To clean your tub quick, get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser–it will clean any soap scum, body or other oils in about 5 seconds–as fast as you can swipe your tub out! Hope this helps explain what happened and how to avoid it in the future.

      • The Mr. Clean product almost certainly contains toxins (I’ve not used it, or even looked into it, but, in general, conventional, commercial cleaning products today do have toxins in them that are not regulated, and they don’t have to disclose.), a safer product might be Bon Ami, or just plain baking soda, they work quite well. In my experience, the Bon Ami rinses better.

        • I use dawn dish soap with warm water mixed in a spray bottle. Spray your tub and spongeor clean rag. Cleans well and rinse tub

        • It’s not a cleaning product its a very dense kind of sponge

          • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is made from melamine, a toxic material.

      • I use Thieves cleaner mixed w/baking soda, a bit of water and a few drops of citrus essential oil to clean my sink and tub. It’s a great cleaner and free of toxins.

        • Who makes Thieves and what is in it?

    • I get the tingle/burn on my thighs when I use tea tree oil in my bath. Have to go easy on it….

  22. So I did the salt one with out vinegar or epsom salt and with ginger. Then, I added bergamot essential oil and it made my bath smell like fruit loops. Lol!

    • can you use kosher salt or iodized salt, and regular vinegar

      • No. The sea salt and Himalayan pink salts generally don’t use an anti-caking chemical in them like iodized and kosher salt can. And “regular” vinegar I’m assuming you mean white vinegar, which has next to none of the benefits of apple cider vinegar. If you substitute the things you mentioned for one of these baths you’re pretty much doing nothing for your body, unfortunately.

  23. is it safe to mix like all of these ingredients in 1 bath… because I thought I have some ingredients for each of the fast but not all of them some featuring if I can mix all the ingredients that I have it can make an affective detox bath

  24. Do you think this is safe to do for someone breastfeeding a toddler? These sound amazing!!!!

    • I love hearing about women breastfeeding their toddlers! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one… 🙂

      • I also breast fed my toddler and once baby number 2 gets here I’ll be nursing them both 🙂 I think this is fine to use when nursing. I’ve never had a problem atleast.

  25. A question about hydrogen peroxide-what concentration should be used?

  26. I have had numerous xrays and scans done this year for medical reasons and am looking to get those toxins out of my body. How often do you do these detox baths?

    • They are natural so you can do as often as needed until you feel you’ve accomplished what you need to detox

      • What’s the best detox bath for systemic candida overgrowth?
        Thank you!

        • Hi,

          I have pretty severe systemic candida and the only baths I ever take are detox baths. Buy Tea Tree Oil, Clove Bud, Frankincense, Lemongrass, or Cinnamon. These are all powerful antifungals. And what I do is I just add 10 drops or so into my bath ( I have a huge tub) whatever you feel comfortable with. Becareful and play around with the amount you can tolerate. You can also add epsom salt to the bath water, or sea salt. I soak in these baths for as long as I can, I like to get sweaty because the sweat really releases toxins. when you are done stand up and rinse the toxins off. If you havn’t yet, switch to a natural deodorant. This is very important. I use PPP. You can also add bentonite clay mixed with acv to the body, like armpits where the lymph nodes are and face. This pulls toxins out as well.

          Another thing you can do is get a small tub, small enough to where you can sit in from the waist down and add apple cider vinegar and epsom salt and soak in there, add different essential oils.. just play around with it. 🙂

          Diet is a huge part of it. I cut out all sugar, all processed foods, all junk food. I only eat vegetables , some lean meat and for a treat sometimes I’ll eat strawberries, or blackberries. The “berry” family has the least amount of sugar. A good book is “Candida Secrets” by Cynthia only like 10$ online, or The Yeast Syndrome. Eat fermented foods buy some milk kefir grains online and those will last you forever. culturesforhealth sells all types of fermented food starter packets… =) good luck xoxo

        • I would look into Nano silver for candida. I had horrific candida overgrowth for nearly two years and after just a week of taking Nano silver I had eliminated all signs of the overgrowth, including getting rid of my two year long vaginal yeast infection. I was so sick that I was almost non-functioning and now I’m so much better its ridiculous.

    • I am not sure how much they remove radiation…you may want to look that up but I do the salt one and it works great for me. I am a new woman literally! I do 1/3 cup of the main ingredients and a whole cup of the vinegar with the sediment in it (costs a bit more but works a LOT better.) also put in a couple of teaspoons of ginger powder.

      • Do u then have a cold shower or is that before I’m confused x

  27. is it necessary to mix the clay beforehand?

    • I just sprinkled the clay under running bath water and it dissolved immediately.So I dont think mixing beforehand is necessary.

  28. I really want to try it but I live alone, so having someone around is not an option. . .
    Any suggestions? I have a pretty hardy constitution in general..

    • Work up slowly. So, water not too hot and half the amounts of detox ingredients. That way you can see how you do. If it turns out you did fine then next time add a little more of the ingredients.
      Staying well hydrated also helps – sip room temp water w/pinch mineral salt (whole sea, real or Himalayan) constantly before, during & after.
      I also keep a bowl of ice water next to me and soak a washcloth in it to keep my head cool. For me, that helps with the lightheadedness.
      And when you get out of the tub, take your time. I sit up, then up on my knees, then carefully stand.
      Also, make sure your blood sugar is not low when you get in the bath. You don’t want food in your stomach though – it’s good to have finished eating at least an hour beforehand depending on the meal.
      I think you’ll be fine if you’re generally healthy and strong, just start slow.

  29. I am having Radiation, what can I do to help myself while this process is on going….

  30. Wondering, where can I find magnesium flakes?

    • Best and cheapest I’ve found is the LifeFlo brand purchased from Swanson Vitamins

  31. Whoa! I guess you shouldn’t substitute Epsom salts with magnesium chloride! Turned into a 4 cup eruption!!! I read somewhere that Epsom salts were not good for you?

    • Did you put all the ingredients in the tub? No need to mix beforehand, just put in tub and fill with water. If you’re using ACV & baking soda it’ll definitely “erupt” but as soon as the water hits it it’ll subside. Mag chloride flakes are wonderful, and generally you don’t need as much quantity as you would if using Epsom.

  32. I would like to use recipe this for my 16 month old, what would be appropriate amounts and is this type of detox safe for him? I was doing the vitamin C and epsom salt (1/2c), but would like to help optimize his health if it is safe.
    Thanks in advance~

  33. I was thinking about substituting magnesium flakes for the Epsom salt, but noticed a mention above that it didn’t work. I will use Epsom salts that I have to get rid of them, but I assume magnesium flakes (that I also have) will have to be used by themselves???

  34. I’m wondering if this would still be beneficial as a foot soak? I unfortunately live in a house with no bathtub (just a stand up shower).

  35. I have done the salt soak twice. This time the water was a bit hotter and I was very light-headed for about 20 min afterwards. I spent most of the time on the floor with my head down! After it passed, I felt great!

    We have a reverse osmosis filtration system that takes out the fluoride.

  36. I tried mixing with the boiling water and had an EXPLOSION…just add it to the bath!!!!!

  37. I’m looking into taking cold baths for hydrotherapy. I see you recommend using warm to hot water for detox baths. Would they work in cold water also?

  38. just curious: Why are some of you wanting to put your very young children in a detox bath?

    • I am not sure about others, but one reason I would want to detox my child is after vaccines. My child received vaccines I didn’t ask for and the ones I did want her to get (because I was a worry wart, but no longer get her vaccinated) have aluminum in them that I would want to flush out. Also, another thought. If a parent can not 100% feed their kids organic and chemical free foods due to income restrictions, limited availabilty to organic produce, not having a garden, etc.

      • Hyper activity, focus issues “ADHD” and some behavioral issues can all be linked to your body being too toxic. Same goes for the kiddos. When your fish is sick you change the water you don’t throw muck in there. So instead of medicating my hyperactive child I detox her. I also do not give OTC cold medicines for things like coughs and congestion. Epsom salts sea salt and cpeppermint, eucalyptis and lavender oil mixed together makes a great COLD AND FLU therapeutic bath safe even for my 9 month old. I mix all ingredients together and store in a mason jar in my bathroom. I add 1/4 cup to the bath before bed to ease cold symptoms.

        Thanks for your blog. For my 32 birthday I am giving my body the gift of detoxing. No processed food or artificial sugar. Wish me luck!

  39. Hi,
    I used the first recipe (epsom salt, baking powder n himalyan salt) and just 2 tablespoons of magnesium flakes for 2-3 times (once in a week) but i am experiencing joint pains now, back and knees pains, is it normal? And would they go on their own?

  40. I bought some of the liquid clay awhile back, any ideas how to use it in a bath as opposed to the clay powder?


  41. Does anyone know if this will help with eczema? I have apparently developed a severe case of it back in October and have yet to find anything that will help clear it up or at the very least ease the symptoms. I have read several things about detoxing and am ready to try it, especially if it will help with my skin condition…fingers crossed that it will!!

    • When my eczema acts up I take a bath with coconut oil and Epsom Salt and that works wonderully with helping it clear up. Also ater my bath I put coconut oil on all over.

    • I suggest home made kefir, often skin rashes are because our gut flora are out of balance. Find good kefir grains with a lot of bacteria strains. As with most new things, start out with a small amount of kefir and work up to 1 cup for at least 4 -6 months for benefits. Store bought kefir is processed and does not usually have more than 13 strains of kefir grains.

  42. This is something I would love to try but I am kinda nervous after reading that it can make you light headed and weak. Is it safe to do this if you have no prior health issues? Also is it recommended to do before going to sleep?

  43. I would like to detox my 9 year old son who was diagnosed with adhd of metals and toxins. I read in an article bentonite clay has toxins and to be careful. can you recommend a certain brand. also read when using clay, it’s extremely important to use vitamin c. am confuse and would like a safe and simple approach to detoxing him. He’s also been suffering with mild eczema on elbows, knees now it’s appearing on his hands and under toes. thanks.

  44. In regards to the detox baths what should the proportions be for 1 year olds?

  45. Hello, I am planning to do a detox bath; however, I don’t have ginger powder….can I use fresh ginger in my detox bath? I have tea tree oil, bob’s baking soda and epsom salt

    • absolutely, just maybe put it in a bag so it doesn’t stop the drain or brew in to a strong tea first and pour in

  46. I cannot wait to try one of these! Do you think it would be safe to enjoy a glass of wine while taking one of these detox baths?

    • I would say “no” for two reasons. First, alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilute and move closer to the surface of your skin (this leads to the false feeling of warmth people report feeling when they drink. It doesn’t actually make you warm though…you are really losing heat). The reason why this is important is that as your blood vessels dilate, there is more blood in your extremities (and therefore less going to your head), which can result in dizziness. As relaxation (such as a warm bath) also dilates your blood vessels and could lead to dizziness, doing two things that can cause dizziness at the same time is not a good idea. A second reason why I would say “no” is that the purpose of having a detox bath to take toxins out of your body is undermined if you are putting toxins (alcohol) right back into your body. Yes, I know there are benefits to moderate wine drinking but it is still a toxin that your liver has to eliminate from your body.

  47. You said not to use metal with the bentonite clay mixture but are the other two safe with metal? I live in Japan and the older tubs are all stainless steel, which is what I have. I figure the other two detox mixtures are ok, but I wanted to check first.

  48. Hi Katie
    Is there a particular brand of epsom salt you would recommend? I bought mine from Walgreens….wondering if that is good.


  49. Can I do a clay detox bath while nursing??

  50. You mention adding Sodium Ascorbate to the bath, in another article. Should I add the Sodium Ascorbate and Clay, or just one of them? Thanks

  51. ive only done the detox bath with green alcohol n epsom salt works great too.

  52. The bentonite clay and Epsom salt detoxic is wonderful if you want to add more detoxing to it try oil pulling with coconut oil the results are great and yes the results are within 24-48 hours.

  53. My tub drain plug and overflow valve are metal – does the bentonite clay not react to those metals? Thanks for these!!

    • It might, but it will just activate it. It should not hurt the metals, just make the clay less effective, but probably not at a fast enough rate to deactivate the clay in your tub.

  54. The one I like best is:
    2 C Epsom Salts
    1 C Braggs ACV
    1/2 C Bentonite Clay
    10 -20 essential oils

    Soak 20 – 40 minutes!

  55. Any concern for vaginal yeast infection or vaginitis after using these ingredients in the bath? I seem to always have issues with commercial bath salts and soap, and have never tried epsom salts as I was worried about that. Any experience with this?

  56. Is is good for weight loss.

  57. Hi Katie! Excellent post and recipes, thank you so much. As I get the ingredients for these baths, I’m curious if you have a good supplier for Himalayan salt in bulk? Would appreciate your suggestion. Thanks in advance! <3

  58. I can’t wait to try these! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  59. For those who are worried about plumbing I recommend putting 1 cup baking soda down your drain and pore1 cup white vinegar down let it fizz for 20-30 min then pour down 1 pot of boiling water follow with water flush. I have used this method in my shower and tub . I do this at least once a month or more often if drains slow down. I need to do in sink my husband uses, do not know why his is so slow.

    • …..Just a thought, Fernie, about your husband’s sink: I wonder if it’s from rinsing his razor? What’s goes down the drain is bound to build up over time…..it happens at my house. :~ )

  60. Will the detox baths help relieve my body of a stomach virus?

  61. I would love to try the clay detox bath. I don’t have the Bentonite Clay. I do have the Kaolin Facial Scrub Clay. Can I substitute the clay?

  62. Hi! Love you blog by the way. I am transitioning from a chemical lifestyle to a natural one. Unfortunatelty I can’t do baths do to UTI’s being a big issue for me. If I did a foot soak would I still get the same detox benefits and what do you thing the ratio would be say to 1 gallon of water?

    Thanks again!

  63. Oxygen detox. Are you referring to 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide? Thanks

    • 3% should work fine.

  64. hello, can the benonite powder just be added to the water with the salts without mixing first?

    • It may clump if you don’t mix with water first.

  65. I have recently just started taking detox baths and have used sea salt Epsom salt n the apple cider vinegar but it drys my skin out really bad what do I do ? Also is detox baths good for infirtility ? Thank u

  66. I am new to DIY products and have recently tried a couple of your recipes and they turned out wonderful. I also recently tried this detox bath and wonder if anyone else found that their body temperature rose and kinda stayed hot through out the night. Not sure why that happened.

  67. I’ve been doing detox baths for a while now due to fibromyalgia. Helps relax the muscles and I have to take several medications as well also for depression and anxiety..I always ad 2 cups Epson salt, cup of baking soda heard it helps in pH balance not sure if this is true? I play around with the mix often I have a salt soak also for joint and muscle pain relief that has an oil and lavender in it I always ad a handful aswell, I also have tried Braggs acv, but it clumped into I’m thinking the oil from the oil. I know it is a natural antibacterial and helps in balancing pH levels which Is why I ad the baking soda since, I’m 40 years old and got my first ever yeast infection after I got fibro. One important thing i havent seen mentioned is you must rinse off those toxins! You can’t get out of the bath leaving that on your skin, it’s almost defeating the purpose of the detox bath leaving the toxins that are being all drawn out of the body into the water your soaking in and it’s all over you.. take it slow standing up turn the shower on, rinse it off your body slowly not to shock yourself get the water cold after you have totally rinsed to close the pores. That way rhe toxins are off your skin that have been drawn out, and really I do the cooler water because I’m used to it by now but I’m not sure that it’s even important to close the pores after, I just know the importance of getting it off your skin. But I love that I stumbled across this site I can’t wait to dig into everything else!! My next one is to make a detoxifying salt scrub for the shower, any ideas?

  68. Hi! I have never tried a detox before, but usually have trouble with baths due to UTI’s….has anyone had troubles with UTI’s with these detox baths?

    Also, I am considering doing these baths for my 7 year old who just got a MMR vaccine and my 10 year old who has asthma and very sensitive skin. Can you tell me the most simple one to start with and how much of each ingredient? I want to go slow with the kids to be sure they can handle it ok. Probably don’t want to use any clay…

    • I am unsure if it is safe for a 10 yr old. But it will be ok for you if you have UTI’s I suffer from yeast inections and although I cannot take normal baths due to infections I can take a “Detox” bath. The essential oils and stuff will kill all the bacteria and are actually good for infections.

      Essential oils are not water soluble so as you know they always have to be diluted other wise they can burn the skin. I think for a kid it might be too much but for adults it is ok. Maybe add a drop or 2 of essential oils they soak into the skin quickly and can be too much for kids. I would like to hear some other advice ppls on this.

  69. My 2 year old daughter is struggling with eczema and I want to try one of your detox bath recipes. Is there anything I should add or take away in any of these recipes or one you recommend most? Thank You

    • I have found that magnesium in general is helpful for eczema so I would go with the salt bath. It should be just fine for a child as is, although I would stick with lavender EO. If you want to do simply epsom salt, that is also very beneficial (I know that sometimes getting a bunch of ingredients together is a pain while toting little kids around 😉

    • I personally would not use essential oil detox baths on a 2 year old. They are so tiny that even 1 drop maybe too much. Especially since Essential Oils are water soluble. meaning unless its mixed with an oil or something just adding lavender in bath water would essentially be like bathing in lavender, the lavender will stick to u and soak up quickly. If that makes sense… you can google more about it. And most people get nautious with EO detox baths. I mixed a bit of EO with oil and added to my 7 yr olds sons chest when he was sick and I think he got a little nautious so I had to wash it off. But it soaks up quickly so you have to be careful. They say those with skin issues are deficient in omega 3’s or 6’s to add borage oil, but I would just use coconut oil . or make a mixture of lavender + lots of carrier oil since childs so young.

  70. I’m so glad I fund your website! I’m slowly trying to switch to all things natural. While doing research, I ran across an article about detoxing. It said there was no such thing as detox outside of a hospital. I really want to try these and I was wondering what’s everyone’s opinion on it??

  71. I just tried the salt bath with 10 drops of lavender and it made me feel a little nauseous afterwards. I’m going to take that as a sign that I really needed to detox and will be trying it again!

    Thanks for putting all of this out into the interwebs, you’re pretty fabulous.

  72. Could someone with diabetes do one of these detox baths? This person has been having pain because of stress, and she does not take hormone pills from her hysterectomy. Just trying to suggest different things to help her.

  73. Hello all,

    Was trying the salt recipe, did not have any sea salt. it was suggested to me to try regular iodized table salt. When mixing the salts with the boiled water the mixture went nuts, fizzing and bubbling to beat the band. Is this normal? Was table salt really a dangerous choice?

    • You don’t need to boil anything. Just use the hot water from the tap and mix it all together in a container, then add to the tub.

  74. Hi Katie,
    Thank you so much for giving us such great natural recipe’s, I have prefolliculitis on my upper arms that is caused by pityriosporum. Could you please suggest some natural remedy if u know. Thank you

  75. My husband, has been soaking himself in Jacuzzi tub for an hour twice a week with Epsom salt only, he feels great

  76. Would a hot detox bath/soak cause me to absorb more and more fluoride that is present in the water .

    The first couple of detox baths were amazing , but afterwards I felt I was absorbing tons of fluoride and I started to regress .

    Was the hot baths opening my pores and causing me to get fluoride poisoning ??? If you have a link on this it would be appreciated .

  77. Hi Katie,

    I can’t thank you enough for all the great info. you provide, very helpful. I truly enjoy your blog. I had a quick question, for the hydrogen peroxide detox bath is that the regular kind you buy at a drug store or is it food grade?

  78. Hi, I live overseas and the water from the taps is not drinkable unless it is filtered (it is not dirty or cloudy, just not safe to drink). Does anyone know if doing a detox bath would still serve its purpose if I am soaking in unfiltered, “not drinkable” water?

  79. I added the ingredients to boiling water like I thought was how to do the salt recipe and not knowing much about baking soda, when I added that it caused an eruption that went all over half my kitchen. Not very relaxing.

  80. I’ve always wondered if it is best to moisturize after a detox bath or let your skin breathe?

  81. I rubbed a bentonite clay with bergamot and tea tree oil mixture on the soles of my feet and let it harden like a mask for ten minutes, then when I placed my feet in the Epsom bath the soles felt very itchy for the first seven or eight minutes! Is that normal?

  82. Katie,
    Would you be so kind to explain the measures in grams more or less? I’m not sure what do you intend for a cup – to be able to come up with what might be 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup. Sorry for the silly question but its probably my english playing the role here, which is not my mother tongue.
    Silly question number two: the bath tub has to be filled with water enough that you could be soaked – wright? It doesn’t need to be filled to the top?
    Thank you

  83. WellnessMama–do you personally use any of the detox baths while pregnant?

    • Yes, but I checked with my midwife first to make sure it was safe…

  84. Can you use Rhassoul Clay instead of benonite clay? will it so the same thing?

  85. I will be doing a liver cleanse in a couple of days so I will be trying your Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salt detox bath before I do.

  86. Go to Mercola.com for information on the whole house filtering system that he sells. He also suggests “point-of-use” filters. He has a great shower filter available. No system will work independently well enough to get everything. A combination is the best bet.

    • Mercolas shower filter doesn’t filter out substantial amounts of fluoride last I checked. Just a note for those who care.
      Also you can buy the same filter 20$ cheaper somewhere else -minus mercolas advertising. That’s what his organization gets paid for.
      I forgot the name of the brand…. It’s in the “bad” mercola reviews but I don’t remember which site either.

    • The combination is what I have researched to be the best also. I bought Mercola’s shower filter which we love. I looked into the Berkey for the kitchen because my doctor recommended it, but I don’t like that you have to fill it instead of it coming out of the faucet. None of them get it all but it’s obvious that you have to choose well. The bottom-line is, anything is better than consuming what’s coming out of the faucet. I am so tired of being lied to by the “powers that be” about everything concerning our health. It’s starting to feel like everyone in government, be that city, state, or federal, only cares about the money and NOT our health.

  87. ouch, you should maybe make a note that when mixing the salts and soda with the salt detox that it gets very active and reacts. i have a decent burn on my hand now because i didnt know this

  88. I have taken 3 baking soda and epsom salt baths and notice that I have been getting breakouts all on my chest and stomach. Could that be because of the detoxing or something else i need to look into? I have never had breakout on my chest and stomach before.

  89. I had a fatty liver that turned into cirrhosis, and am now embracing a toxin reducing lifestyle (i.e.-I make my own cleaning/skin care/hygiene products. I also take detox baths 3x a week using 1 C. Epsom salts, 1 C. baking soda, and 10 drops of essential oils. Make the bath water as hot as you can stand it (you don’t want to burn yourself but, you need to sweat), and add the essential oils after the tub is filled. Immerse as much of your body as possible into the water-up to your chin is the ideal method. Do NOT use a washcloth-it will rub the toxins back into the skin-and don’t use any soap/shampoo. Soak for 20 mins. then SLOWLY stand up-you may feel a little lightheaded. Then shower in cool water-this is a must!! As you sweat, the toxins are released and lay on your skin. If you simply dry off you’re rubbing the toxins back into your system, which defeats the whole purpose! Cool water will close your pores, preventing the toxins from re-entering your body, and washes the toxins away. It’s also important to drink a glass of water right before and right after the bath as this will hydrate you, as well as help flush toxins. Do not use any kind of lotions/creams/etc. until the next day (unless they are toxin free). Just a side note-make sure you are using 100% pure essential oils, and not a watered down version. I prefer lavender because of it’s relaxing AND healing properties (this is a good one to use for children). When I’m feeling congested, I also add 5 drops of eucalyptus oil-then sleep like a baby!

  90. I truly LOVE your site!! Such an AMAZING wealth of Life Transforming and Life Saving information!! Thank you so much Wellness Mama! I’m a Lyme Disease Trailblazer w/a teen daughter persevering w/chronic EBV. You are making a difference in this world with your Wellness Mission! Namaste and Sunny, Healing Blessings

    • Heather- I know this is off topic but you mentioned that you are a “Lyme Disease Trailblazer” and I have a friend who is suffering for the past 4+ years with Lyme and Co-infection issues. She has tried many different natural/alternative protocols, even has been to several naturalpathic drs but still suffers from the frequent debilitating effects. Do you have a website or any tried-and-true healing protocols that you could suggest? Thank you for any help.

  91. Hi WellnessMama,

    wondering is this salt detox bath recipe good for my 4 year old child who has eczema?

  92. Hi,
    I love your detox baths and am wondering what your opinion is on doing them while breastfeeding? My baby is almost 11 months old; he is breastfeeding and eating solids. I know there is a lot of controversy on this but I really respect and trust you! I love your blog; you have helped me and my family so much! Thank you for everything you do!
    Brittany ?

    • I have personally done them while breastfeeding a baby that age, but certainly do your own research and decide if you feel it is safe for you 🙂 Thanks for reading.

      • Thank you so much!! ?

  93. I love these baths but I just want to say be careful putting boiling water in a jar. My husband did this and the jar exploded and he ended up with 3rd degree burns which then became infected because the local urgent care people don,t know better than blowing on burns. I know most jars don’t do this but just be sure to inspect them before use. The jar my husband used looked perfect then it sounded like a gu went off.

  94. Wellness Mama, I love a good detox bath but you really should think about altering the first recipe a bit (which is how I’ve done my baths since I found this site). If you use ACV(an acid) and baking soda(a base), all you’re doing by mixing them is neutralizing the effects of both. I suggest using either/or, maybe alternating each one every detox bath. Just my two cents 🙂

  95. Wellness Mama, I love a good detox bath but you really should think about altering the first recipe a bit (which is how I’ve done my baths since I found this site). If you use ACV(an acid) and baking soda(a base), all you’re doing by mixing them is neutralizing the effects of both. I suggest using either/or, maybe alternating each one every detox bath. Just my two cents 🙂

  96. Dear Wellness Mama, I love all the questions comments and advise and am overwhelmed. I would like to get your advise on caring with your natural remedies for my son who is suffering with skin problems for over 6 years now and is getting worse. One doctor says allergy, he used his meds, not helping, another doctor said eczema and another says psoriasis. The hydro-cortisone creams prescribed are cracking and drying his skin more. Recently an internal medicine doctor did blood work, the result showed good, nothing found. He itches all day and night. Each day his skin dries out and sheds, gets new scales, dries and sheds again. My son is now giving up since no one can help him. He just stays in bed all the time, he does not want anyone to see his skin condition.
    I just wonder what kind of bath would be good for him. His skin is so thin, I wonder if vinegar or Epsom salt will burn him. I would appreciate your comments or any advice on what natural remedies can be used for this condition.
    thank you all.
    worried Mom

    • Tallow balm is great for improving skin’s moisture levels. I’ve used it with herb infused oils for a month now and my son’s eczema is clearing up. There are many herbs great for skin conditions and infusing oils is very easy and can be done in a crockpot.