DIY Detox Foot Soak

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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…

Ingredients You’ll Need

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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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. 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.


72 responses to “DIY Detox Foot Soak”

  1. Marira Avatar

    What do you do with this mix after using it? Drain? Out side ? Garden? I am not sure . Thank you!

  2. Suzanne Avatar

    I was interested in foot detox awhile back but think had an accidental foot detox experience the other day when I had to figure out how to get a piece of glass out of my foot. Research said to soak it in distilled white vinegar as long as possible, combined with a baking soda paste applied after under a bandage. Well that worked to get the glass out! But the white vinegar my feet were soaking in looked brown. Could it have happened that my accidental recipe worked as a detox? Love your site.

  3. Sherina Avatar

    The clay you recommend has lead in it. Do they all? I’m new to clay so is it a concern? If I am trying to detoxify then why use something that will have lead in it and my feet will absorb?

  4. Grace Avatar

    Have you felt comfortable doing this soak in bentonite clay while nursing? What are your thoughts on safety?

  5. Crystal Avatar

    Thank you for your informative post!

    I’m interested in more knowledge you can share about detoxing for a family. I reach out to ask as I see you have kids as well so I’m confident that introducing these techniques are safe for children.

    I’ve read that there are certain times of the year to best detox, such as preparing for colder seasons. I’m recently new to including natural recipes to daily living, such as homemade body wash and deodorants. So anything you’d like to share I more thank welcome it!

    Again, thank you for your informative post.

  6. Sally Avatar

    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??

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

    1. Patti Avatar

      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.

  7. Donna Lawson Avatar
    Donna Lawson

    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

    1. Ashley Avatar

      That’s awesome Donna! Thank you for passing along your story and what helped for you! You never know who is reading this and even though it doesn’t technically have to do with Fibromyalgia, someone who was reading about the foot detox could have a friend or family member suffering from Fibromyalgia and then tells them about it! I love spreading natural knowledge and anything that works to make someone healthier and happier! 🙂

    2. Sally-Anne Ashford Avatar
      Sally-Anne Ashford

      Hi Donna i hope you get this as i can see you comments were made in 2015.
      Could you please tell me where you got this Humaworm detox from and how much you took etc to get rid of your Fibro , i suffer myself and will try anything natural. Also how did you use the Bentonite clay detox ? as much info would be great thank you

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