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This Detox Bath Is The Most Relaxing Way To Improve Your Health

I’ve been feeling a bit worn out for the past few weeks, both physically and mentally. I bring a lot of it on myself, because I probably don’t get enough sleep and I hardly ever give myself any “down” time. But I try to eat healthy and I take vitamins, etc. But lately I’ve been feeling like my body is trying to tell me something. So after some good old fashioned internet research, I decided that my body could probably use some detoxification!

We’re exposed to all kinds of chemicals and toxins every day, which can build up in your body over time. An overabundance of these harmful substances can cause a myriad of negative symptoms, including general sluggishness and brain fog like I was experiencing. The potential benefits of “detoxing” from all those environmental toxins include better sleep, lowered stress levels, more energy, better skin… the list goes on and on! This really struck a chord with me, and I decided to give a detox bath a try as soon as possible! (It certainly couldn’t hurt, right? The worst thing that could happen would be that I had taken a nice, hot bath and experienced some rare “down” time.) :-)

So I mixed up an all-natural detox bath, tried it out, and loved how I felt afterwards. And today I’ll be sharing my detox bath recipe with you, so you can enjoy the benefits, too!

What’s In It?

Many of the detox bath “recipes” I read while researching this topic contained several of the same basic ingredients, and I ended up using a handful of them in my own recipe! So before I show you how to make it, I want to take a quick moment to talk about what goes into it, to give you a better understanding of the benefits this detox bath can provide.

Detox Bath

Epsom Salt

Did you know that most people are deficient in magnesium? Magnesium is an essential mineral in the human diet, and plays an important role in nerve and muscle function. Since magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, soaking in a bath with epsom salt is a great way to get more of the magnesium you may be missing out on. Another great thing about Epsom salt is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with sore muscles, bruises, certain kinds of fungal infections, and skin conditions.

Related: The 10 Most Useful Things You Can Do With Epsom Salt

Detox Bath

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar might seem like a strange ingredient to include in a bath soak. But the acid content of ACV can be beneficial for softening and soothing itchy, dry skin. The acid content of ACV can also help restore the pH balance of your skin!

Related: 28 Surprising Ways You Can Benefit From Apple Cider Vinegar

Detox Bath

Bentonite Clay

Clay is the star ingredient in my detox bath, in my opinion! When mixed with water, bentonite clay becomes highly absorbent, expanding and drawing in other substances like a sponge. When used as part of a detox bath like this one, the clay helps to draw out impurities and toxins from your skin. It also leaves your skin feeling super soft!

Related: How To Make An All-Natural Clay Face Mask

Essential Oils

Essential oils can also be very helpful in eliminating toxins. Lavender essential oil can help reduce inflammation and promote hormonal balance, which is why I included it in my detox bath recipe. But there are plenty of other oils with detoxifying effects, including geranium, sandalwood, and ylang ylang oil. Choose your favorite to personalize your own detox bath mixture!

Alright, now that you know a bit more about what goes into my detox bath, it’s time to learn how to make it! :-)

How To Make The Ultimate Detox Bath


2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup bentonite clay
5-10 drops geranium essential oil (or your essential oil of choice)

Detox Bath

How To Use:

Run your bath water as hot as you like. Add your “ingredients” and agitate to dissolve. Soak for 20-40 minutes. Drink a full glass of water when you’re finished.

Detox Bath

Just a word of warning… you will likely feel drained and exhausted after a good detox bath. I recommend taking your detox bath right before you’re ready to go to bed. You’ll be nice and relaxed afterwards, which should help you get a great night’s sleep! Here are a few additional tips for making the most of your detox bath:

  • Set aside 30 minutes to an hour for your soak. Anything shorter is rushing it, so take the time to relax!
  • Leave your phone outside of the bathroom. You’ll be more likely to truly relax if you’re not checking your phone (and it’s a surefire way to keep yourself from dropping your phone in the tub!)
  • Create a spa-like environment by dimming the lights, lighting a few candles, and queuing up some relaxing music.
  • Place a bath pillow (or a rolled-up towel) behind your head so you can lean back in the bath. We lean forward all day, so it’s a good way to give your back, neck, and shoulders a break!
  • Create a weekly bath ritual. Many people like to take a bath on Sunday night to help them recharge before the new work week starts!

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  • I recently came across this article about the perfect detox bath and I have to say it sounds amazing! As a person who loves to take care of himself and pamper himself, I am always on the lookout for new ways to relax and rejuvenate. However, I would like to add that while a detox bath can definitely be done at home, there is nothing better than visiting a spa. like this one. Not only do they have professional grade equipment and products, but they also have trained staff who can customize the treatment to suit your specific needs.

  • This sounds wonderful , although being allergic to Geranium oil I would swap thos with lavender essential oil; I might also add a cup of oatmeal (in a bag or a stocking to mpisturise my dry skin.
    Thanks again for another tip worth trying

  • I’ve heard adding Damascus earth is beneficial in a bath. I’m not sure what the benefits would be or how much to use. Are you familiar with this Jillee? I love the idea of using the clay.

  • Thank you for your recipe!
    I have been detoxing in my large, jetted tub for several years now. This is the recipe that seems to work best for me (I’m going to try it with a bit of ACV):
    1 cup of Dr Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt
    1 cup of Baking Soda
    10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    I add the ingredients after I turn on the water…instead of using the jets to stir them up…and use a bath pillow behind my head. The jets are nice, but I find that lying in the tub without using the jets is more relaxing. I soak at least one hour!
    (Sometimes, I take my phone with me so I can work my daily brain enhancer puzzles…like Sudoku, Mah Jongg, and various Word puzzles. (I keep my phone zipped up in a snack-size baggie.)

  • I recommended the detox bath to my partner yesterday and she did not get around to it so this AM I made it up and enjoyed it myself. I feel relaxed and pampered. I look forward to seeing any long term effects, I have lingering eczema on my right foot.
    As an Herbalist I continue to look for and experiment with natural healing methods. When I was younger I use to do the master cleanse detox drink. As I age I look for gentler, softer approach. In our stressful, hurried life, I see the importance of slowing down doing less and much more pampering, like the wonderful detox bath you shared.
    Thank you so much, I look forward to what other wisdom you share on your site.

  • This bath was AMAZING. I used lavender as my essential oil pick. I recommend as hot as you can tolerate for the water temp and taking the time to mix small portions of the clay with water, then adding to the bath. I used a wooden spoon and a large glass measuring cup. My bath water was brown as it drained out so I can imagine those were the toxins washing away.

  • I have never done any type of detox, the word scares me, no idea why just does. I am going to try the bath. I soak with espsom salt every so often, I am just wondering what it will do to my psoriasis ? and I dont want to be sick afterwards, I suppose that is why I havent done anything with the word detox in it. but I ordered the clay so Im gonna do it. any suggestions on how long I should soak until I see how it works?

  • jillie I love this idea and would love to try it , however, my boyfriend and I live in an old school apartment with no tub- believe me this makes shaving my legs nearly impossible- i digress, is there a detoxing solution for a girl like me?

  • As an essential oil user, I like to take my empty oil bottles and put them into a glass jar, then fill the jar with epsom salts and shake it up. After sealing the jar and leaving it set for a few days, I come back to epsom salts infused with the final drops of my oil!

  • Can the detox bath ingredients be mixed in larger amounts and saved for later use? For instance, in a nice container in the bathroom to simply pour to use without mixing each time? Also, how often can the detox bath be used?

    • You can soak in this detox bath about twice a week. :-) You can mix the epsom salts and essential oils together, and then add the clay. Do not mix in the apple cider vinegar ahead of time, you’ll have to add it separately when you are ready to bathe.

  • I am so grateful for this recipe! I was feeling pretty stressed so I decided to run this bath for myself and Wow! I didn’t use the clay but I used Dr. Teal’s epsom with Chamomile and the apple cider vinegar, I was amazed at how relaxed I felt in the bath and out of the bath. I literally just felt like I was in this cocoon of heaven and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much Jillee!

  • My daughter just delivered twin girls. They are about a month old. She is also nursing. She needs some pampering and down time right now. Would this be safe for her since she is nursing?

    I truly love reading your page. Please keep doing this. Your site is the best!

  • As I have just recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s , I am now more acutely aware of metal and chemical toxins in the body.

    Hint: Before adding Epsom salt and clay to bath tub, dissolve them in boiling water and THEN add to bath water. I also add a few drops of blue (veggie based) food coloring to bath water for a visual spa-like experience.

  • I just wanted to say that I love your site. I get so many spam emails every day. I delete the ones I’m not interested in. Your emails are never deleted and always contain something I’m interested in. Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge with us all. You give us the gift of creating a safer environment for myself and my children to be in. Thank you so much.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this. First I have to locate the bentonite clay stuff. The closest I’ve found is Dr Teals Epsom salt with the clay in it.

  • I immediately went to Amazon an found many bentonite clay sellers and most had clay from Wyoming (Jillee’s is from Utah). The Internet is filled with uses for the bentonite clay. Thanks Jillee! I’d never heard of this clay or mixing these ingredients and it sounds wonderful so I’ve ordered 2 lbs of the clay for $11! I love a bargain. I’m already a lover of epsom salts baths due to muscle aches. Costco sells two 5 lb. bags of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts in a box for a good price (can’t remember what it is).

    Carol – thanks so much for the information about no soap or shaving legs in the epsom salts bath. I didn’t know that and usually added bubble bath. It seemed to work though!

  • I have been using Epsom salts baths for year as suggested by my chiropractor for arthritis and anti- inflammation and detox. You need a good true 40 minutes to get the best benefits of your body to absorb the salts. First 20 minutes for body to detox toxins and 20 minutes for body to get benefits of the salts into the body. Drinking a glass of cold water afterwards helps to flush out the toxins. But do not use soap on your body or shave your legs when you detox. You will wash away the salts. I didn’t realize this till a couple of years ago. Just wanted to pass this along to others.

  • Is this something I can make up in advance and perhaps give as a gift or do I need to use it as soon as I make it? And do I use the entire recipe in one bath?

    • You can mix the clay and epsom salts, but you don’t want to wet them with the vinegar and essential oils until you’re ready to bathe. I have a large bathtub, so I use the whole thing in one go; but it’s probably enough for two baths in a normal-sized tub :-)

  • Hi Jillee! I live in Ottawa, Canada & your detox recipe looked very interesting to me, so I went online to search for specifically the bentonite clay in my area. I found that someone else on Reddit was looking for this clay in my city too. One person directed them to Defalco’s which is a winemaking shop & anotherdirected them to a hardware store! Lol, now I’m intrigued…do you have any idea of the other uses of bentonite clay? If not, then maybe that could be another blog piece for you?…Thank You and Take Care Jillee!

    • Belinda, I have used bentonite clay in face masks and homemade deodorant, even taken small amounts internally. You can google different recipes. Also, in your search for bentonite clay, I believe you might also find it under the name Redmond clay. That is what it was called at my local natural grocer. They said it is sometimes called that since Redmond is a major location where they mine the clay.

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