If I had known how easy it was to make my own homemade bath salts, I would have started long ago. Requiring only two ingredients, these DIY bath salts can be made in less than 5 minutes. Whether you are looking for a thoughtful gift idea or just need a little in-home spa day, this easy bath salts recipe is perfect.
Here’s the reality around my house. I jump in the shower, and within four seconds there’s a knock on the door. “Mom, I can’t find my toothbrush.” I yell out something like, “Check the toothbrush holder.” (I’m probably crazy to think it might actually be where it belongs.) Then I hear screaming. Big brother and little brother are in a battle, and they both come knocking on the door telling me what the other did (and how they are not to blame for any of it). I yell back that they need to figure it out. Two seconds later, I’m informed that the puppy just poohed on the floor. So much for a nice, relaxing shower…
Here’s an idea for the moms in your life; give her the gift of some uninterrupted time to soak in the tub… with a glass of wine and a good book. I have a very simple recipe for making your own DIY bath salts. If you are a mom (or not), you can certainly make these for yourself (just sneak in a bath after the kiddos are in bed).
What You Need to Make Homemade Bath Salts
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Ingredients Needed for DIY Bath Salts
- Epsom Salt
- *Essential Oil– Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
- Food Coloring (Optional)- Please note: If you choose to add food coloring to the salts, less is more. Start with just 1 drop and work your way up to the desired color, one drop at a time. If you add too much moisture to the salts, this can cause the salts to harden over time.
Supplies Needed for Homemade Bath Salts
- Glass Mixing Bowl
- Airtight Glass Storage Container– Some essential oils will break down plastic, so it is ideal to use a glass container for storage. You also want to keep the salts in an airtight container to avoid moisture. I reused Starbucks Frappuccino bottles; you can find similar bottles here.
- Wooden Spoon (Optional)
- Twine (Optional)
*I link to essential oil brands I believe provide high quality oils and are transparent with their testing (in other words, the company publicly provides GC/MS results). I also try to link to the essential oil that will give you the “biggest bang for your buck” (often times buying a 30ml bottle of oil means greater savings per ml than purchasing a 10ml bottle). I provide more information on where to buy essential oils so you can choose a brand you feel is right for you.
How to Make DIY Bath Salts in Under 5 Minutes
Now you can experiment a little bit with fragrance and color. Here are some great ones to try…
Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts
There have been many studies done on lavender essential oil (L. angustifolia) and its effect on stress, anxiety, and sleep; and many showing positive results! If you are looking for a way to relax and unwind, this homemade lavender bath salts recipe is for you.
Thoroughly mix 10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil into your 2 cups of Epsom salt to create a wonderful relaxing scent. If you choose to add color, start with one drop and mix it into the salt/essential oil mixture. Continue to add one drop at at time (thoroughly mixing after each added drop) until you achieve the desired color.
As mentioned above, adding to much coloring to your bath salts creates moisture, which can cause the bath salts to harden and clump. The less coloring you use, the better.
“Perk Me Up” Peppermint Bath Salts
If you have ever smelled peppermint essential oil, you know it has an invigorating scent. Again, studies have been conducted on the effect of peppermint oil on fatigue (particularly exercise-induced fatigue). While peppermint was shown to decrease fatigue, a combination of peppermint, rosemary, orange, and clove performed even better, so perhaps try that combination.
Thoroughly mix 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the 2 cups of Epsom salt to create an energizing scent. To create a layered appearance (in this case I went with a candy cane theme), divide your Epsom salt into two separate bowls. Add the colors of your choosing (one drop at a time) to each dish. Once you have achieved the desired colors, pour the Epsom salt into the container, alternating between the two colors.
Breathe Easy Bath Salts
According to Medical News Today, both peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils may help open the airways and ease sinus congestion. So if you need a little breath support, this bath salts recipe is perfect for you.
This DIY Bath Salts recipe was created for those times in which you need a little extra support to “breathe easy”. You can use a10-15 drops of a pre-mixed blend of essential oils or simply combine 3-5 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint in lieu of the combination oil. Add the essential oils to 2 cups of Epsom salt and stir. Add color if you choose. As a reminder, add one drop at a time, stirring in between each added drop until you achieve the desired color.
If you need a little help getting the bath salts into the container (particularly if it has a narrow opening), try using a funnel.
To use, simply add a couple scoops of the DIY Bath Salts to the warm bath water as you fill the tub.
Common Questions About Homemade Bath Salts
Can I Add Baking Soda to This Bath Salts Recipe?
I see many DIY Bath Salts recipes use baking soda, however, in my experience, baking soda tends to harden into a solid mass which makes using the bath salts impossible. Baking soda is added to bath salts to help soften the water. You can get this same effect by simply adding a bit of baking soda to your water separate from the bath salts.
My Bath Salts Are Clumping or Hardening… What Can I Do?
Typically, the cause of clumping or hardening of homemade bath salts is due to moisture. To prevent this from happening, you can try a couple things. First of all, don’t add to much coloring. I mentioned this several times above, but one or two drops is all you should need to create colored bath salts. Adding too many drops of coloring increases the moisture level which can cause the bath salts to clump and harden. Second, make sure to store your bath salts in an air-tight container with a lid. Bathrooms are known to be a source of moisture caused by steam from showers and baths. This moisture finds its way into open containers (or those with a loose fitting lid). Storing your bath salts in an air-tight container reduces the amount of moisture that enters the container. The last option (which I have actually tried and seems to work) is to add a small Silica Gel Desiccant Packet to the bottom of your container prior to adding the bath salts. These packets help absorb moisture.
What Salts Can You Use to Make Bath Salts?
While I use Epsom salt in all my bath salt recipes, there are other salts you can try as well. Both Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt are also used in making bath salts. I would stay away from any form of table salt, however, as it can be irritating to the skin.
Can You Make Bath Salts Without Essential Oils?
Essential oils are used to create a pleasant scent when added to bath salts, and may offer some health benefits as well. However, if you choose not to add essential oils to your bath salts, that is perfectly ok. One idea would be to add loose leaf tea (or simply cut open bags of tea to get the loose leaves out). I did this when making a DIY Foot Soak. The only thing to remember when adding tea leaves is that the tea won’t dissolve in the water, so you will end up with some bits of tea floating around. To avoid this, you can add your bath salt mixture (which would include the tea) into tea bag filters and add it to the tub as you fill it with water.
How Long Do DIY Bath Salts Last?
While bath salts don’t technically “expire”, I would try to use them within year.
Homemade Bath Salts
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 10-15 Drops Essential Oil
- 1-2 Drops Food Coloring Optional
- Glass Mixing Bowl
- Glass Air-Tight Container with Lid For Storage
- Wooden Scoop Optional
- Twine Optional- used to attach wooden scoop
- Label Optional
- Add Epsom salt to a glass bowl
- Stir in 10-15 drops of essential oil until thoroughly combined
- If you want to add color to your bath salts, add one drop of food coloring and stir to combine. Continue adding one drop at a time (stirring after each drop) until you see the desired color. One or two drops should be enough. Adding too much food coloring can cause excessive moisture which may cause bath salts to clump or harden.
- Pour bath salts into an air-tight container for storage
- To use, simply add a few scoops to warm running bath water when filling the tub
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This post was originally published at Clean and Scentsible on January 29, 2016.