woman's feet in detox bath with dried florals and essential oils

When it comes to detoxifying your body, don’t forget about your feet!  The care of your feet is often overlooked. Our feet work hard, and treating them to a rejuvenating soak can do wonders for our overall well-being.

In this blog post, we’ll explore a fantastic DIY recipe for an apple cider vinegar detox foot soak that will help draw out toxins from the body, soothe tired feet after a long day, and leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.

 Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of foot detox baths and how to make one. If you’ve ever wondered what to put in a foot bath to draw out toxins, keep reading!

Benefits of a foot detox

A detox foot soak can offer several benefits. A simple foot soak is an easy way to detox, improve circulation, boost your immune system, provide relief to achy feet, help with skin irritations, and is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day. 

You’ll start to see the benefits immediately and ongoing when done on a regular basis.

  1. Detoxification: Foot detoxes helps draw out toxins and impurities from the body through the feet. The warm water and ingredients like Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar can assist in the elimination of toxins, promoting overall detoxification.
  2. Relaxation and Stress Relief: A foot soak is incredibly relaxing and can help relieve stress and tension. The warm water, combined with soothing ingredients and essential oils, creates a tranquil environment that encourages relaxation and a sense of calm.
  3. Improved Blood Circulation: Soaking your feet in warm water can stimulate blood flow and improve circulation. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with poor circulation or those who spend extended periods standing or sitting, as it helps reduce swelling and discomfort in the feet and lower legs.
  4. Reduced Inflammation: Ingredients like Epsom salt and essential oils possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling in the feet. This can be especially beneficial for those who suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis.
  5. Foot Pain Relief: Soaking your feet in a detox foot soak can provide relief from sore feet, foot pain and discomfort. The warm water and Epsom salt help relax the muscles, reduce inflammation, and soothe aching feet.
  6. Softened Skin: The foot soak can soften rough, dry skin on the bottom of the feet, making it easier to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. This results in smoother and more supple feet.
  7. Improved Foot Odor: The foot soak, especially when using ingredients like apple cider vinegar, can help combat foot odor. Apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial properties that can reduce the bacteria responsible for unpleasant foot odor.
  8. Enhanced Relaxation and Sleep: Engaging in a foot soak before bedtime can promote better relaxation and sleep. The soothing properties of the foot soak help relax the body and mind, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.

Remember, while a detox foot soak can provide numerous benefits, it is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any specific foot conditions or concerns, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional.

Supplies for your Homemade Foot Bath

A homemade foot soak is easy to make.   You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Epsom salt
  • a few drops of essential oils (optional)
  • a tub of warm water to use as your foot tub
  • towels to dry feet when done with your foot soak

How to make your detox foot bath

womans hand pouring essential oils into a homemade detox foot bath

It’s easy to make your own homemade Epsom salt foot soak.

Gather your ingredients and supplies listed above and follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Prepare a Relaxing Environment Find a quiet and comfortable spot where you can sit and relax during your relaxing foot soak. Gather all the necessary ingredients and tools, including a basin or foot spa, towels, and a timer.

Step 2: Fill the Basin with Warm Water Fill the basin or foot spa with warm water, making sure it’s deep enough to cover your feet up to the ankles. Ensure the water is comfortably warm, but not too hot, as hot water can be harsh on the skin.

Step 3: Add Apple Cider Vinegar To the warm water, add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is known for its detoxifying properties and can help draw out impurities from your feet.

Step 4: Incorporate Epsom Salt Next, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to the foot soak. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, which can help relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and alleviate foot discomfort.

Step 5: Optional: Add Essential Oils For an extra touch of relaxation or invigoration, you can add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil to the foot soak. Lavender oil promotes relaxation, peppermint oil provides a refreshing cooling sensation, and tea tree oil offers antimicrobial properties. Choose an essential oil that suits your preferences and needs.

Step 6: Stir Well and Soak Gently stir the mixture with your hand to ensure that the apple cider vinegar, Epsom salt, and essential oil (if using) are well blended. Carefully place your feet into the foot soak, allowing them to fully immerse in the solution.

Step 7: Relax and Recharge Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and take this time to unwind and let the foot soak work its magic. You can read a book, listen to soothing music, or practice deep breathing exercises to enhance the relaxation experience.

Step 8: Rinse and Moisturize After the recommended soaking time, remove your feet from the foot soak. Rinse them with clean, warm water to remove any vinegar or salt residue. Gently pat your feet dry with a soft towel and apply a nourishing foot cream or moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. I personally love this DIY Cracked Heel Foot Balm.

woman's feet in detox bath with dried florals and essential oils

Easy DIY detox foot bath recipe with Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar and essential oils

Author: Dawn Goehring
Easy foot detox bath recipe with epsom salt, apple cider vinegar and essential oil. Learn to how to remove toxins from feet naturally and improve your overall wellness. Add this easy foot detox recipe to your self care routine to start seeing the benefits.
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  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 5 – 10 drops your favorite essential oils
  • Basin or foot spa
  • towels to dry feet


  • Place all ingredients in a large basin and fill with warm water
  • Soak Feet until water is cool and rinse
  • Follow with a foot scrub to remove dead skin and foot cream to moisturize

Indulging in a DIY detox foot soak is a wonderful way to show your feet some much-deserved love and care. By combining simple ingredients like Epsom salt, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils, you can create a rejuvenating and therapeutic experience right in the comfort of your own home. The benefits of a detox foot soak are numerous, from detoxification and relaxation to improved circulation and pain relief.

So, carve out some time for self-care, set the stage for relaxation, and let the soothing properties of a detox foot soak wash away the stresses of the day. Your feet will thank you as they emerge refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on the world. Treat yourself to this nurturing ritual and step into a realm of tranquility and well-being with every soothing soak.

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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