8 DIY Relaxing Foot Bath Recipes That Are Easy To Make
Do you suffer from dry, cracked feet? Do your feet feel sore and inflamed after a long day at work? Do you commonly suffer from athlete’s foot? Want to learn how to make your own homemade foot soak?
We are constantly on our feet. There’s no surprise that after spending so much time on our feet, they start to feel sore and dry and develop calluses or corns.
Of course, spending some time off your feet will help these problems go away, but sometimes your feet just need something a little extra.
Treating your feet to some TLC will go a long way in the end and help your feet feel and look a lot better.
So how can you pamper your feet at home? With a homemade foot soak, of course!
Soaking your feet can help remove dead skin from the bottom of your heels. Plus, soaking your feet is just a good way to relax and give your feet a good rest.
I always look forward to soaking my feet. It’s relaxing and after a 30-minute soak, my feet feel rejuvenated, smooth, and fresh.
If you’re interested in making your own foot soak, then you’re in luck.
There are tons of DIY foot soak recipes that you can make for different problems you may be having with your feet.
Are your feet dry and cracked? There’s a recipe for that. Are your feet sore? There’s a recipe for that as well.
Keep reading for all the best homemade foot soak recipes you can make with ease.
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How do you make your own foot soak?
If you’re a mom like me, then you probably don’t always have the extra time to go to the nail shop and get a nice foot soak and pedicure.
Luckily, making your own foot soak is fairly easy if you add the right materials and ingredients.
Making your own foot soak varies with the problems you are having.
For example, if you have sore feet, you may want to come up with a foot soak that has Epsom salt in it. Epsom salt helps reduce muscle aches and pain, which will be super beneficial to relieve sore feet.
When you go to make your own foot soak, research ingredients, and materials that’ll help alleviate the problems that you’re having with your feet.
What makes a good foot soak?
A good foot soak will consist of these things:
- A high-quality foot massage bathtub
- Essential oils
- Epsom Salt
- Apple cider vinegar or plain white vinegar
- Foot moisturizing cream
For the best foot soak, use a high-quality foot massage tub that can massage your feet while they soak.
If a fancy foot massage tub is out of your range, then a regular foot bathtub bin will do the trick. Or you can go old school and just use a plastic bucket or storage container.
Next, adding some essential oils to your foot soak can be a helpful additive.
Here’s a list of essential oils you can add to your foot bath:
- Tea tree oil has antifungal properties to get rid of toe fungus and athlete’s foot.
- Eucalyptus essential oil can help alleviate sore muscle pain
- Turmeric essential oil can help reduce inflammation
- Peppermint essential oil will provide a cool, tingling sensation to your feet
- Lavender essential oil calms inflammation and helps soothe dry skin. Plus, it smells amazing.
- Marjoram essential oil helps relieve sore muscles and tension.
There are many more essential oils you can use and include in your foot soak. You can research different types of essential oils to find their benefits. These are just a few of my personal favorite choices.
Another product that makes a good foot soak is Epsom salt.
Epsom salt is probably the most popular ingredient to use in a foot soak. It helps with pain, reduces inflammation, and exfoliates the skin on your feet.
Lemon is another natural, powerful ingredient to add to a homemade foot bath. The acid in lemons can break down and remove dead skin cells from your feet.
Milk is another helpful ingredient to soak your feet in. Milk contains Vitamin A which helps treat dry, peeling skin. Milk also contains lactic acid that will exfoliate the skin on your feet and reduce rough skin texture, leaving you with smooth skin.
Raw honey is the next most powerful ingredient on the list. Raw honey has antibacterial properties and it’s super moisturizing and hydrating for dry skin.
Next, we have ACV or plain vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has antifungal properties that kill bacteria and fungus on the skin.
Up next on the list is one that you won’t believe: Listerine mouthwash. The main ingredients in Listerine have antibacterial properties that can kill germs and fungi. I have more details on this unique foot soak ingredient later on in this post.
The last item on the list is a moisturizing cream for your feet. After a long soak, you will need to put moisture back into your feet. This Gold Bond cream contains Shea butter to absorb into the skin and add moisture. You can also use plain coconut oil to moisturize your feet after your soak.
If you still don’t know where to start with making your own foot soak, keep reading for 8 exclusive DIY foot soak recipes that you can make on your own with simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.
Homemade foot soak with Epsom salt
Like I’ve previously mentioned, Epsom Salt is one of the most popular ingredients to use in a foot soak. It can reduce swelling and inflammation in your feet. Plus, Epsom salt can exfoliate the surface of your skin, leaving you with smooth silky feet.
1 cup of Epsom salt
Fill your foot bathtub up with warm water. Make sure you add enough water to cover your ankles. Pour 1 cup of Epsom salt into the foot bathtub. Place your feet in the water and let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Take your feet out of the water and dry them with a bath towel.
Milk & Honey Homemade foot bath for dry feet
Foot bathtub full of warm water
1 cup of Milk
¾ cup of Raw Honey
Add warm water to your foot bathtub. Pour 1 cup of milk into the water. Then, pour ¾ cup of raw honey into the tub. Let your feet soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes. After the time has passed, use a wet pumice stone to exfoliate the heels of your feet. Rinse and dry your feet with a bath towel and apply coconut oil.
Essential oils foot bath for sore feet
Essential oils are so beneficial. To think that a couple of drops of essential oils can make you feel so much better is truly amazing! Here’s a DIY essential oil foot soak you can try at home.
1 cup of Epsom Salt
1 tablespoon of baking soda
5 Drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of turmeric essential oil
First, fill your foot bathtub with water. Make sure you have enough to cover your ankles. Next, add each ingredient one by one. Soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes and pat dry with a bath towel.
DIY homemade foot soak with Listerine for calluses
Never in a million years did I think I would be soaking my feet in Listerine mouthwash, but to my surprise, it works wonders for my feet.
This Listerine foot soak will melt the calluses and corns right off of your feet
Here’s the trick. Listerine has many main ingredients that kill germs. These antibacterial ingredients can kill fungi and bacteria on your feet.
If you suffer from athlete’s foot or some form of toe fungus, this Listerine foot soak will not completely cure it. But, the foot soak can help relieve some of the irritation.
To continue, the ingredients in Listerine can help moisturize dry skin, which is what we will focus on for this next foot soak. Here’s how you can use Listerine mouthwash to moisturize your dry, cracked heels.
¾ cup Listerine
¾ cup vinegar
Fill your foot bathtub with water. Pour in the vinegar and Listerine. Let your feet soak in the mixture for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe your feet dry with a bath towel. Calluses be gone!
Relaxing lavender foot soak recipe
This is probably one of my favorite homemade foot soak recipes. Lavender is calming and will relax you right before bed. Like always, Epsom salt will help reduce pain in your feet. For a relaxing and pampering spa session at home, treat yourself to this homemade foot bath right before bed.
6 drops of lavender essential oil
½ cup of Epsom salt
After filling your foot bathtub with water, add the ½ cup of Epsom salt. Then, add in 6 drops of lavender essential oils. Relax and let your feet soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Dry them thoroughly with a bath towel and apply your favorite moisturizing cream.
Simple foot soak recipe for soft feet
Are your feet in need of a good exfoliation? If so, then this is the perfect foot soak for you to try. This DIY soak includes lemon. So, how can lemon help your feet? Since lemon is acidic, the acidity aids in removing dead skin cells from your feet. Combine Lemon, vinegar, and Epsom salt into a foot soak, and you’ll have smooth, soft feet for a long time.
1 cup of Epsom salt
1 fresh lemon
½ cup of vinegar
To prepare this foot soak, start by cutting the lemon in half. After filling your foot bathtub with water, add in the half cup of vinegar. Take one of the lemon halves and squeeze the fresh lemon juice into the bathtub.
Using too much lemon juice in your foot soak can cause irritation, so I only recommend squeezing one half of the lemon. Next, add the cup of Epsom salt. You can take a little of the Epsom salt and scrub at the rough parts of your feet. Allow your feet to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry your feet with a bath towel.
Homemade foot soak with apple cider vinegar
The acidity of apple cider vinegar can help loosen tough parts of your skin. Plus, apple cider vinegar can help kill bacteria and fungi on the surface of your feet.
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
Fill the foot bathtub with water and add 1 cup of aloe cider vinegar to the water. Soak your feet in the mixture for at least 20 minutes. After soaking your feet for a while, use a wet pumice stone or foot scrub brush and gently scrub at the callus on your feet. This should help loosen up the tough skin.
Homemade foot soak without Epsom salt
We all want soft, smooth feet, but not everyone can use Epsom salt. Epsom salt has a ton of benefits, but it can be irritating to some people and their skin. The good news is that you can still achieve flawless skin without Epsom salt. Listed below is just one of the many DIY foot soaks you can make without Epsom salt.
½ cup of baking soda
6 drops of lavender essential oil
Fill your foot bathtub with warm water. Make sure you fill it with enough water to submerge all of your problem areas (heels, ankles, etc.). Add the drops of lavender essential oil. Then, take half a cup of baking soda and pour it in the tub. You can take a little bit of the baking soda and rub it across the tough skin on your feet. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Pat your feet dry with a clean bath towel. Finally, apply your favorite foot moisturizing cream.
To conclude this post of DIY foot soaks
I always look forward to creating a new foot soak. There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day at work, filling my foot bathtub up with water, and letting my feet soak for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes even longer than that, to be honest! When you’re on a budget (like me) and can’t afford to go to the nail spa, an at-home foot soak is one of the best ways to treat and pamper yourself. If you’ve created your own foot soaks, share them with me in the comment section below.