Detox Bath

My husband is a firefighter and he recently sent my a message while at work saying that he really should start taking detox baths when he gets home from work. This should have been totally obvious considering everything that he is exposed to while at work, but we had never made it a part of our regular routine.

I started doing a little research and began to see the same, or at least very similar, detox bath recipes popping up all over Pinterest. 

Here is what I came up with:

  • 2 cups Epsom salts

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp of Ginger

  • Essential oils

*All of these ingredients are available at Scoop!*

Forgot to include the ginger in the ingredients photo, so it got photographed separately.

Fill the tub with hot water, add the ingredients, and swirl it around a bit. I do think that the oils will disperse better if you mix them with the epsom salts first.


Grab a glass of water to help keep you hydrated, and hang out in the bath for 40 minutes to an hour. Staying in until the water has cooled to room temperature might be a good guideline. The bath will make you sweat (especially if you added the ginger) and as far as I understand, that’s a good thing because it’s helping to get the bad stuff out. I would definitely rinse off afterwards. If this bath is drawing toxins out of you, it just makes sense to rinse them all off!

I love that you can play around with the essential oils, and I started out by mixing the epsom salts with a few drops of grapefruit, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils. Unfortunately, if you are including apple cider vinegar, the smell is so strong that I didn’t really notice the lovely citrusy smell of the oils. You could leave the vinegar out if you really want the added benefit of being able to smell the oils. For example, if it would be relaxing to you to be able to smell lavender or something like that.

When I was mixing this up and adding it to that cute little bottle to make it easy for my husband to just dump into the bath when he needed it, I was thinking what a great gift this would make. You could mix the Epsom salts with a selection of essential oils and add that and the baking soda and (optional) ginger, and you’re ready to go! The vinegar could be added to the tub at bath time if desired.

I’m considering mixing a large batch of the Epsom salt, essential oil, and baking soda mixture to keep in a gallon size jar in the bathroom cupboard. Then we would just scoop out three cups whenever we need to do a detox bath.