Whenever we can, we love to use natural products for everything from cleaning and organizing to self-care and decorations. Common household items like vinegar, dryer sheets, and lemon are constantly go-tos for us. Another of our favorite household items is Epsom salt.
Below are some of our favorite ways to use Epsom salt.
1. Soothe Sore Muscles & Reduce Swelling
Sore from a hard workout? Fill a bathtub with warm water. Add a cup of Epsom salt. Soak for 20 minutes. In most cases, this simple dip in the tub can reduce soreness.
2. Help Bruises Fade
Getting a black eye at your weekly bout of pickup basketball can be painful. Walking around with the bruise for days on end can be downright embarrassing. Luckily, Epsom salt can help your bruise fade a little faster. Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with just enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the bruised area. Allow the paste to dry before washing off.
3. Homemade Deodorant
Over-the-counter deodorant is typically loaded with aluminum. While this poisonous toxin can indeed help reduce sweating and odor, it has also been linked to a variety of medical conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease. Luckily, you can use Epsom salt to make a DIY deodorant that is safe and effective.
4. DIY Bath Bombs
Love a good bath bomb? We do too. We just don’t always want to pay for them. Luckily, homemade bath bombs are really easy to make. Katie from Wellness Mama shares her simple how to.
5. Get Rid of Dandruff
Snow is fun around the holidays. It is not so fun with it coats the shoulders of your shirts. There are a variety of dandruff treatments out there. One of our favorites is Epsom salt. In this simple tutorial on Live About, Kendra Aarhus explains how massaging a few tablespoons of Epson salt onto your dry or slightly damp scalp before jumping in the shower can help exfoliate your scalp and treat dandruff.
6. Clean Solution to Organizing Makeup Brushes
Throwing your makeup brushes in a drawer might be simple at the moment. Unfortunately, it can often ruin your brushes and cause them to get dirty more quickly than average. Epsom salt offers one of the easiest ways to clean and store your brushes.
7. Make a DIY Exfoliate Scrub
Our body is constantly in a state of flux as our cells die and are replaced. While you will shed those dead skin cells naturally letting them hang around for longer than needed can cause you to have rough and dry skin. Epsom salt makes an excellent natural exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and offer smooth and supple skin.
8. Remove Hard Water Stains
While water is filtered before it is delivered to your home, some minerals remain. As water enters your tub and sink, it can often leave behind some of those minerals. Over time, this can cause hard water stains. Epsom salts offer you a natural way to clean these stains without resorting to harsh chemicals.
9. Clean Your Washing Machine
Your washing machine cleans your clothes. But, what cleans your washing machine? All that heat and moisture can cause nasty gunk to build up, especially around the rim of your washing machine’s door. Toss in some salt and run your machine on a regular, warm cycle.
10. Give Your Feet a DIY Pedicure
We are hard on our feet. From simply walking around to physical exercise, it is easy for callouses to form and your feet to become sore. Starting your at-home spa pedicure with an Epsom salt soak can help remove the hard surfaces and provide relief to your sore toes.
11. Relieve Constipation
Everybody poops. But sometimes, it is hard to go and that can be darn uncomfortable. For those having difficulty going to the bathroom, a long, warm soak in Epsom salt can help relax their muscles and make it easier to relieve their constipation.
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