5 Simple & Natural Detox Bath Recipes

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

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.

A good detox bath will also tend to make you tired so I suggest doing them as part of your bedtime routine.

Natural Detox Bath Recipes

You may have heard of an Epsom bath (and that is our base recipe here), but what about a clay bath, vinegar bath, or even a mustard bath?!

These are all natural ingredients, available in most of our kitchens or pantries, that can boost the circulatory and olfactory senses, stimulating relaxation and building up magnesium stores.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make some or all of these detox bath recipes:

  • Epsom salt
  • apple cider vinegar
  • baking soda
  • bentonite clay (one more specialized ingredient that has lots of other purposes, so consider stocking up!)
  • mustard powder or ginger powder
  • essential oils (mix with powder or salt rather than directly to the bath)

These recipes are also safe and soothing for kids too! (But choose your essential oils wisely.)

Basic Epsom Salt Detox Bath Recipe

Here’s my basic detox bath recipe. Find the other variations below. Mix and match, or find your favorite!

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Salt Detox Bath Recipe

This simple salt bath recipe is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels, and overall detoxing.
Prep Time15 minutes
Yield: 1 bath
Author: Katie Wells

Materials

Instructions

  • In a small pan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  • Pour the water into a quart-size mason jar.
  • Stir in the sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda.
  • Fill the bathtub with warm/hot water.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour the salt mixture in and add essential oils if using.
  • Soak in the bath for 30 minutes or as long as desired.

Notes

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.

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 into 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

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.

Oxygen Detox Bath Instructions

  1. Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried ginger.
  2. Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired.

Vinegar Detox Bath Recipe

This is an excellent bath for soothing skin problems since vinegar balances the skin’s pH. While I don’t love the smell of vinegar, if anyone in the family has sunburn, eczema, dandruff, or dry itchy skin we take a vinegar bath.

Apple cider vinegar has a whole host of benefits, and I find it helps not only my skin but leaves me with soft skin and shiny hair as well.

Vinegar Bath Instructions

  1. Once or twice a week, I fill a tub with warm to hot water and add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
  2. I soak for 20-30 minutes, using a washcloth to clean my face and making sure to get my hair wet as well.

After bathing, I rinse off in a cool shower, though some sources recommend letting the vinegar water dry on the skin.

Mustard Detox Bath Recipe

I know, I’ve lost my mind right? If it helps, I’m talking about organic mustard powder, not the yellow stuff in a bottle! Ancient cultures often used this spice in preparations to soothe colds, flus, and sore muscles, thanks to its circulation-stimulating properties.

Magnesium and essential oils make this bath both detoxifying and aromatic.

Mustard Bath Instructions

I use this recipe which uses organic mustard powder, Epsom salts, and a mix of essential oils.

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. Here are some other ways to reduce chemicals in bath water as well.
  • 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.

More Bath Recipes for Natural Detoxification

I recommend starting slowly with these bath detox recipes or any health change. To help, I’ve compiled all of my ideas for detoxing your body and your home in my book The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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.

This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board certified family physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

269 responses to “5 Simple & Natural Detox Bath Recipes”

  1. Heidi Avatar

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    I have city water. Probably has heavy metals in it. Do I have to use a cleaner water together with a bentonite clay bath detox? Or is it fine? I see vitamin c ( or baking soda, right?) will neutralize chlorine but what about everything else? I don’t want to do more damage to my child than good.

  2. Heidi Avatar

    Hi Wellness Mama! Do you still recommend Redmond Bentonite clay, the link in your post? How about the clay from Mountain Rose Herbs? Do you recommend? Thanks!

  3. Suzi Avatar

    Very helpful instructions and recipe. Thanks. I am using a detox bath for my husband during a kidney stone episode. Supposedly the detox helps to decompose the stones and remove related toxins.

  4. Sandra Avatar

    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

    1. Kristen Avatar

      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.

  5. Laura Avatar

    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 🙂

  6. Laura Avatar

    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 🙂

  7. Sarah Avatar

    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.

  8. Brittany Avatar
    Brittany

    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 ?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  9. kit Avatar

    Hi WellnessMama,

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

    1. Janet Avatar

      Eczema is usually cleared up when food sensitivities are removed from the diet.

  10. Heather Guthrie-Hoey Avatar
    Heather Guthrie-Hoey

    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

    1. Brenda Avatar
      Brenda

      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.

  11. Teresa Avatar

    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!

  12. caroline Avatar
    caroline

    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.

  13. Pamela Avatar

    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

  14. Lisa Avatar

    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.

    1. Brenna Avatar

      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.

    2. Lisa Avatar

      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.

  15. Lisa Avatar

    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.

  16. Liz Avatar

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

  17. Nicole Avatar

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

  18. Alessandra Avatar
    Alessandra

    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

  19. Allison Avatar

    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?

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