Uses For Epsom Salt | For Relaxation, Home, and Health

Uses For Epsom Salt | For Relaxation, Home, and Health

Uses for Epsom Salt
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Epsom Salt is a chemical compound of magnesium, sulfate, and oxygen. People have believed for a long time that it’s great to use on sore muscles. We’ve also been using it in the garden, and against bugs in more ways than one! There are multiple uses inside and out of the home. Let’s take a look at my favorite uses for Epsom salt.

My Favorite Ways to Use Epsom Salt

My favorite way to use Epsom salt is to soak in a long warm bath. I have 3 boys, and sometimes mommy needs a quiet moment alone! I also like to use it for achy feet. Soaking my feet does me a world of good!

18 Uses for Epsom Salt

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  1. Soothing bath – Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the bath, and soak in it for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Foot soak – Add to 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to a basin or to a Pedicure Spa Bath and soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Hand soak – Use the same method as foot soak. Yes, you can do the same thing with your hands! This is a great way to relax!


  1. Foot odor – 1/2 cup Epsom Salt with a 10-15 minutes soak
  2. Achy feet – Do a foot soak like above, but for a little longer, about 15-30 minutes.
  3. Athlete’s foot – 1/2 cup for 30 minutes, may help with the fungus.
  4. Bug bites – make a little paste with water and Epsom salt and rub on the area.
  5. Sunburn – make a paste with water, to help relieve minor sunburns.
  6. Splinter removal – 1/4 cup of Epsom salt and warm water soaking for 10 minutes or more, may help reduce inflammation and soften tissues around a splinter. If you can’t remove the splinter at home, seek medical help!
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  1. Garden – Sprinkle around vegetables and flowers once a week. Try it on your roses and tomatoes and much more!
  2. Lawn – Keep the grass green. Sprinkle a mixture of 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt and water on the lawn.
  3. Remove iceEpsom Salt equally mixed, 1 to 1 ratio. Put it on the ice and it should melt.
  4. Insecticide – Dprinkle around plants to deter some insects.
  5. Slugs – Sprinkle around problem areas, and entryways.


  1. Clean tile – Mix a 1 to 1 ratio with dish soap to clean tile.
  2. Clean the washing machine – Sprinkle 1/4 cup of Epsom salt in the bottom of the machine and run a full cycle. See manual before doing this to avoid possible damage or warranty termination.
  3. Clean pots and pans – Metal, and glass pans, add a pinch of Epsom salt to a pan to help scrub stubborn food. See instructions to your specific type of pans to make sure it will not cause damage.
  4. Hard water stains – Mix 1 cup Epsom Salt, 1/2 cup Baking Soda, and 1/4 cup Seventh Generation Dish Liquid, to help clean up hard water stains.

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I like buying a big bag of Epsom salt. It’s so useful all around the house that I may as well have enough to go around. If you have some Epsom salt laying around, maybe you can try using in the garden or some of the cleaning techniques. Try something you haven’t tried before you may be surprised!

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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11 thoughts on “Uses For Epsom Salt | For Relaxation, Home, and Health”

  1. When I was little my Mom would have us soak our finger if we had an ingrown fingernail to help remove the infection. When I got older, soaking my feet in an epsom salt bath was nice. I haven’t done that in a long time, though I’m thinking about making the time for it after reading your post.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. You are very welcome. I let my son soak when he is having growing pains. He seems to get them bad! The epsom salt seems to do him some good. You are welcome for the reminder. Thank you Ben, for stopping by. Also, thank you for the share on twitter! That means a lot to me!

  2. This is one of my all-time faves as well (Epsom salt + lavender oil)! I even add 1/2 cup of baking soda sometimes. This combination is great for relaxation, decompression, and detoxification!

  3. I haven’t had an Epsom salt bath since high school! I’m in need of one! I didn’t think to use it on tiles or as a foot scrub. Great ideas!

    1. Homestead Wishing

      Thank you Alana! I don’t use it as a foot scrub, but a foot soak, it is very soothing for tired achy feet! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Homestead Wishing

      Oh what a sweet thing. Great idea for night time relaxation. I bet it would help adults having trouble sleeping to in some cases. Thanks so much for sharing that!

  4. I’ve wanted to try and Epsom bath for awhile but I haven’t had a chance to take a bath, just showers. It’s usually an in and out type of thing. I think that would feel relaxing. I wonder if I could add a little lavender oil in?

    1. Homestead Wishing

      I am the same way about showering. Raising 3 boys, I rarely ever get a nice bath. If you have sensitive skin you may want to consult your doctor. I do add lavender, sandalwood, and eucalyptus to my bath, when I get one lol!

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