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!

Detox bath recipes
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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



  • 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.


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.


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

  1. Chelsea Avatar

    Shouldn’t the essential oils be dissolved into an oil before putting them into the water? Otherwise they just sit on the top of the water…

  2. Liz Avatar

    Hello, I just want to share essential oil bath safety guidelines from the Tisserand Institute: https://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/bath-safety/. The instructions for the Salt Bath of just adding the EOs to water are not safe. You would need to combine the EOs with a carrier oil or a foaming product first and then combine with the salt(s). Please exercise caution when “mixing” EOs and water!

  3. Angela Melocoton Avatar
    Angela Melocoton

    What happens to the body with each of these other than feeling tired?

  4. Katie Grace Avatar
    Katie Grace

    Cool ! I have to check it and take such a bath, I always took with various essential oils, but I like this alternative more.

  5. Agnes Avatar

    Has anybody used Dead Sea salt? Does it also have detox properties? I use it on it’s own for itchy skin but I wonder how it would in the 1st recipe

  6. Jamie Avatar

    A procedural note for the first detox bath recipe. DO NOT add the salts and baking soda to a boiler of water going on your stove! The epsom salt and soda are particularly effervescent when added to rapidly and you WILL guarantee a pretty big mess to clean up on your stove. Instead, remove the boiler and add your salts and soda slowly and carefully or you will still have the equivalent of an elementary school volcano science project on your hands!

  7. Libby Avatar

    Can you tell me if the bentonite clay will stain the tub? We have an acrylic soaker tub and I have noticed that there are discolored “poc marks” on the bottom and sides of the tub, and I don’t know if they are from the Epsom salts or essential oils I use when soaking. I’d hate to damage my tub any more than it is using the clay.


  8. Jaime Avatar

    Hi Katie! Thank you for all the information on the detox baths. I can’t wait to try them. I noticed the link to hydrogen peroxide is not working. Do we use regular hydrogen peroxide or food grade? Thanks.

  9. jim Avatar

    I’ve done 1000s of soaks, but I never combined epsom salts & baking soda.
    It’s fantastic – like nothing I’ve experienced before.
    I’ll be doing this a LOT more. Thanks.

  10. Melissa Avatar

    Would the oxygen bath be good for someone who breaks out in hives occasionally? My 16 year old is looking for relief and I thought the oxygen bath or detox may be helpful. What do you think?

  11. Sherina Avatar

    Will these be ok for a child? If so would you recommend once a week? Just found out my daughter has the MTHFR gene so trying to find ways to detox her gently

  12. Lisa Avatar

    The real truth is, if you don’t add at least 2 cups of Epsom salts to your bath you are not receiving the benefits of the magnesium. 2 cups of Epsom salts and at least a 1/2 a cup of baking soda!

  13. Megan Avatar

    I have all of the ingredients. Would it be a problem to mix the clay, epsom salt, baking soda, and ACV?

  14. LaTisha W Avatar
    LaTisha W

    Ain’t nobody told me this was gonna be a science experiment up in my kitchen. That thing ESSPLODED on my stove! Baking soda ain’t no joke. Scared me.

  15. Rose Avatar

    I’d like to add that your peroxide needs to be food grade. The cheap drug store kind has chemicals you don’t want.

  16. Martha Avatar

    I have fibromyalgia also but have never heard of any soaks, etc that could benefit me. Would you be willing to share some of your knowledge with me? I just turned 50 a couple of months ago and feel like I am such a late bloomer to all of this vital information!

  17. Lisa Avatar

    Why do you mix the salt and baking soda together and then add them to your bath? I’m doing that since I read this post but my daughter doesn’t so I was just wondering if not doing that is an issues. I see that there is a reaction when I mix the two before adding them to my water so I’m curious now.

  18. Kerbe Avatar

    A nutrionalist told me to use two cups of Epsom salt and two cups of baking soda for a detox bath, in water as hot as you can stand for 15 minutes. It works wonders but if you’re very toxic you’ll want to go straight to bed afterwards.

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