5 Homemade Foot Soak Recipes

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One way to soothe and pamper tired, achy tootsies is to soak them in a hot foot bath. Here are a handful of recipes to try, each are easy to make using simple ingredients.

IngredientsThey can be whipped up in large batches if preferred so you have a stock on hand or package nicely and give away as gifts (sealed in glass jars).

Directions: Unless otherwise noted, mix together all ingredients thoroughly then store in an airtight container.

  • Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per gallon of water used.

Water temperature is at personal preference, but I find the hottest my feet will comfortably tolerate gives the most relief.

Basic

1 part Epsom salts
1 part Baking soda
drops of choice EO (optional)

Chamomile Tea: #2

4 bags chamomile tea
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops EO of choice

  • Steep in 1 gallon of hot water for 10 minutes before using.

#3

2 cups Kosher salt
1 cup Epsom salts
drops EO of choice (optional)

#4

1 1/4 cups Epsom salts
1 1/4 cups Kosher salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch

#5

1 cup lemon juice
3 TBS olive oil
1/4 cup milk

Tips

Single Ideas: (added to 1 gallon of water)

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 2 cups brewed coffee

Essential Oils To Try: peppermint, lavender, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, mint

Marbles or smooth river rocks can be added to the bottom of the basin to rub feet over while they’re soaking, quite soothing!

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44 Comments to “5 Homemade Foot Soak Recipes”
  1. Raley says:

    I am so happy with this website.I have wrote down recipes for 2 hours one time and thats why I say ROCK ON TIPNUT.COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Chau says:

    Does recipe no.5 requires warm water?

  3. ed bruce says:

    use avon lip balm, best of all foot remedies that I have tried.

  4. Sarah says:

    Be careful with essential orange oil! It is potent stuff and can burn your skin. Be sure that it is properly diluted.

    • concerned person says:

      I agree! I have found so many lemon oil foot bath recipes. I don’t think anyone has tried them before posting. I put a few drops of lemon oil in a full bath once and broke out in a rash. Very bad idea!

  5. alyssa and ashley says:

    Love the recipes!!!

  6. violet says:

    can you use any other salt rather than Kosher?

    • Amy says:

      Yes, you can substitute Epsom or Sea Salt to have a variety of benefits…I’d stay away from regular table salt since it is chlorinated

      • Beth says:

        ALL edible salt contains some form of ‘chlorine’. It’s a part of its molecular make-up and actually, what makes it edible. That doesn’t mean it’s “chlorinated” or dangerous in any way. When the sodium molecules bond with the chlorine molecules, their properties change making them both stable and safe. For that matter, sodium is much more dangerous than chlorine; it’s a metal that will spontaneously combust when exposed to air, but the chlorine stabilizes it. Table salt is not dangerous.

        • cece says:

          kosher salt has the large, enjoyable crystals which work better withthe epsom salts. I love tipnut.com.

        • Michele says:

          Beth, that was actually very interesting. 🙂 thanks for sharing that with us. I’m not very good with chemistry, but it has always interested me.

  7. Lisa says:

    Can you give some indication of what each ingredient accomplishes, whether individually or together?

  8. Lisa says:

    (further to previous question about what each ingredient does for the feet)
    What if I were to use the sea salt with the parsley, lemon, and olive oil, for example, like in a foot salad: is that still effective, or do the milk and lemon have to act together, as in recipe #5?

  9. Mya says:

    This really felt good it helps your tired feet

  10. Rebecca says:

    Recipe one says 1 part epsom salt 1 part baking soda about how much of each should I use?

    • Kimmie says:

      I was wondering the same thing as her.. How much is 1 part of epsom salt and 1 part of baking soda??

    • Joyce says:

      One recipe I read said use 1/2 cup pf mixture to a gallon of water. You can use 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, and 1/2 cup of baking soda for a one time use, or you can make more and store it in an airtight container, like a jar, for future use.

  11. Sharon says:

    What did you chose those ingredients?

  12. emma says:

    what about someone who has a lot of drying itching and cracking feet and they are diabetic what would be good to use to soak feet to get them better.

  13. sarah says:

    does one part mean one cup??

    • rylie says:

      one part just means equal amounts so if the recipe calls for one part epsom and one part salt you can add 1 cup of each or 2 cups of each, etc. Just depends on how much you want to make

      • cece says:

        I make bubble soap for the kids. One part good dish detergent to 6 parts water and one part table sugar. one tsp or one T or one cup to the corresponding 6 parts (tsp, T, cup) of water, as an example.

  14. kathy s. says:

    Thanks for the recipes. I forgot to buy some facial masks and foot soak for a special evening of fun with my daughter tonight and your web site really helped. I even have all the ingredients on hand.

  15. Reina says:

    In tips #5 what kind of milk it is powder milk or freshmilk

  16. Suzanna says:

    Love these recipes soo much!!
    Make sure 2 check out #5!!

  17. Barbara says:

    You mention the phrase EO of choice. What is EO?

  18. Doris Mason says:

    The advice that my podiatrist told me, was to keep the feet hydrated and ANY kind of lotion is OK, but keep doing it daily and the aching feet problem will disappear……it truly is true…

  19. victoria says:

    Help which soak will also remove dead skin of my feet
    Cheers

  20. meggafish says:

    I find adding two tablets of polident adds a cleaner that makes your nails look like they have a french polish

  21. jane says:

    polident as in false teeth tablets

  22. Guadalupe Murguia says:

    Is it ok to use apple cider vinegar instead of regular vinegar?

  23. paula jordan says:

    what is EO?

  24. JW says:

    FANTASTIC ! I WILL TRY THEM ALL MY TEEN-AGED SON BOUGHT ME A FOOT SOAKING MACHINE OVER THREE YEARS AGO THAT I HAVE NOT USED YET . I WAS WONDERING IF THESE OR OTHER RECIPES WOULD BE GOOD TO USE IN IT ? IT WOULD MAKE HIS DAY .

  25. Linda says:

    How long is the shelf life on these?

  26. Juanda says:

    I’ve used the apple cider vinegar and it really helps since I am Type-2 diabetic and can’t use Epsom salt.

  27. kate says:

    I love this website!! My heels are very cracked and dry so a nice foot soak with vinegar really helped. Thank you!

  28. John says:

    I am Retired Army and used to acronyms and abreviations. BUT, what is EO?


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