How to Make a Detox Bath to Get Rid of Toxins from Your Body

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How to Take a Detox Bath

Three Parts:

Sweating is your body's natural way of detoxifying. Soaking in hot water can assist in pulling harmful toxins from your skin.Detox baths can also help ease sore muscles. This ancient remedy assists your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing helpful minerals and nutrients. If you struggle with toxins or skin issues, or are just looking for a way to boost your overall health, try taking a detox bath in your very own home.


Preparing Your Body

  1. Prepare your body.The minerals in a detox bath will help pull toxins from your skin in a process that can be quite dehydrating, so be sure you are well hydrated going into your detox bath.It is recommended that you drink one full glass of water at room temperature before your detox bath.
  2. Gather your ingredients.Everything you will need for this detox can be purchased at a grocery store. You will need:
    • Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate)
    • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate/bicarbonate of soda)
    • Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
    • Unfiltered and unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Favorite essential oil if desired
    • Ground ginger (optional)
    • Skin brush
  3. Dry brush your skin.Your skin is your largest organ and the first line of defense from chemicals and bacteria. By helping your body shed dead layers of skin, you are also removing these harmful agents.Dry brushing also speeds up your lymphatic system's ability to eliminate waste.
    • Use a dry brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body.
    • When choosing a brush, pick one that feels nice on your skin. Dry brushing should not be painful.
    • Start with your skin dry and begin brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs one at a time.
    • Move in sweeping motions toward your heart and make your way up your mid-section (front and back) and across your chest.
    • Finish by moving the brush up your arms toward your armpits.
    • Your skin should feel smoother after just one session.
  4. Give yourself a lymphatic massage.The lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs make up the lymphatic system, which is a part of your body's defense system. Your lymph nodes are responsible for removing microorganisms and filtering bacteria from the bloodstream. With just five minutes, you can stimulate your lymphatic system to help your body detox more effectively.
    • Place your fingers under your ears on either side of your neck.
    • With relaxed hands, gently pull your skin downward toward the back of your neck.
    • Repeat 10 times by gradually starting your movement lower down from your ear, eventually ending with fingers placed on top of your shoulders on either side of your neck.
    • Gently massage your skin toward your collarbone.
    • Repeat 5 times or as much as you like.
  5. Know what to expect.Any detox process can subject your body to flu-like symptoms like headache and nausea. These symptoms may result from the toxins leaving your body. Bring a liter of water to the bath with you and drink it slowly during your bath.
    • You can add lemon to your water to help settle nausea.

Preparing Your Detox Bath

  1. Pick the right time for your bath.Prepare your bath on a day when you have at least 40 minutes available. Pick a time when you can relax and focus on your detox bath without feeling rushed.
  2. Create a relaxing atmosphere.Dim the lights and light candles if you desire. You can also play some music you enjoy. Take smooth deep breaths to help your mind enter a relaxed state.
  3. Fill your bath.Use a chlorine filter if possible to fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Add Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate). Soaking in Epsom Salt helps replenish your body's magnesium level, combating hypertension.The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.
    • For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
    • For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
    • For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
  4. Add 1 to 2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and anti-fungal properties.It also leaves skin very soft.
  5. Add 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt.Composed of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides, Sea Salt helps to replenish minerals critical to our skin's metabolism.
    • Magnesium is important for combating stress, fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system.
    • Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails.
    • Potassium energizes the body and helps to balance skin moisture.
    • Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles.
    • Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function).
  6. Add 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar.Packed full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best ways to cleanse your body of bacteria and boost your immune system.
  7. Add aromatherapy oils if desired.Some oils, like lavender and ylang ylang, have therapeutic properties. Tea tree and eucalyptus oils can assist in the detoxification process.Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.
    • If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves, lavender flowers, chamomile, or anything else that suits your mood.
    • Adding ginger can help you to sweat out the toxins. Ginger is heating, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.
  8. Swish all of the ingredients around.You can use your foot to swirl the water in the tub. When the baking soda and vinegar mix, a bubbling reaction will occur.
    • You don't need to mix until all the salt crystals dissolve before beginning your bath.

Taking Your Detox Bath

  1. Soak for 20 to 40 minutes.Hydrate during your soak and take care not to overheat.
    • Drink water during the first 20 minutes of your soak.
    • You will notice yourself start sweating after just a few minutes in your detox bath. This is your body expelling toxins.
    • If you start to feel too hot during your soak, add cool water to the tub until you are comfortable.
  2. Relax.Meditation is a great way to calm your body during a detox bath. Breathing through the nose, loosen your neck, face, hands, and stomach area. Relax and soften each part of your body. Consciously releasing body tension will help you relax in your detox bath.
    • Once you close the bathroom door, leave all unwanted thoughts outside. Let go of worries and stress.
    • Visualize the toxins exiting your body and the vitamins and nutrients entering in their place.
  3. Get out of the tub slowly.Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. Oils and salts can also make your tub slippery, so stand with care.
    • Wrap your body in a soft blanket or towel immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours.
  4. Rehydrate.Any time your body detoxes you need to replace fluids. It is recommended that you drink an additional liter of water following your detox.
  5. After the bath, brush your skin down again.You can use your hands, a loofah, or a vegetable bristle brush. This can further aid with the release of toxins.Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart.
    • Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Should you lotion your body after a detox bath?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes; use an all natural or organic lotion or even organic coconut oil.
  • Question
    Vinegar will neutralize the soda or vice versa (acid vs base); if pH is important, wouldn't you use them in alternate baths?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The baking soda is supposed to be put in at the beginning before you add the other ingredients for at least 5 minutes to neutralize the chlorine.
  • Question
    Can I use a detox bath for a foot bath?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. The main thing for that would be using Epsom salt, which will soften your skin.
  • Question
    Can I rinse afterward?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can rinse with cool or lukewarm water to get all the Epsom salt residue off your body.
  • Question
    Can I go out after a detox bath?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I would wait a couple of hours or so before going outside as the detox is taxing on the body and you may feel too tired for outdoor activities.
  • Question
    How can I detox without a bathtub?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Create a "sauna-like" experience. If you have a shower, turn it to the highest setting and allow the steam to fill the bathroom. Bring essential oils with you as well. Drink a cup of hot ginger tea prior to sitting in the steam-filled bathroom. This should help with perspiration.
  • Question
    Can I replace the sea/Himalayan salt with Dead Sea salts?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Dead Sea salt is a fantastic substitute, as its mineral content is much higher than regular sea salt.
  • Question
    Would taking a bath with Epsom salt and half a cap of tea tree oil cause me to feel weak and have mucus?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Half a cap of tea tree is too much. 1 drop of essential oil is the equivalent of one handful of herbs. Generally, you will use no more than 10 drops of essential oil in a bath.
  • Question
    How often should a bath detox be done?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can do it is frequently or as infrequently as you like.
  • Question
    Does this detox bath leave the tub dirty?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Not usually. Your bathtub will only get dirty from Epsom salts if you take a detox bath every single day for a long period of time (a year or so). Other than that, no marks should remain. And a good scrub each week will ensure that the bath stays in good condition.
Unanswered Questions
  • My skin is burning so bad after this. Why?
  • Can I use detox bath while on antibiotics?
  • Can you bathe as normal after a detox?
  • When was a detox bath invented?
  • Is it true that you shouldn't use apple cider vinegar with a salt bath as the salts are working to infuse your body with minerals and the vinegar has the opposite effect of withdrawing the minerals?
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  • Don't eat immediately before or after the bath.
  • Use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair and wrap it up under a cap or towel while you're in the bath. Salt, just like ocean water, can dry out your hair.
  • Shower off the Epsom salt if desired, but it's not necessary.


  • If you are diabetic, pregnant, have heart or kidney disease, or high blood pressure, consult your medical professional before taking a detox bath.
  • Before adding any additional ingredients to your bath, be sure to understand their properties. Some herbs can be harmful.

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Mar 24, 2019

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Dec 1, 2019

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Kathy Keefer

Apr 5, 2019

"I've always just put Epsom salt in my bath. I was surprised at the apple cider vinegar and the ginger. I'lldefinitely be using this formula next time! Thanks so much for this "recipe.""

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