Epsom salts have a really wide variety of uses, some of which might come as a surprise to you! The salts are rich in magnesium and sulfates which have a variety of health benefits, but Epsom salts are good for a few other things as well.
With its multitude of uses, it would be silly not to use Epsom salt. It’s super cheap to buy, you can easily get a pound for $2. After reading this 8 unique ways to use Epsom salt, you’ll always keep a supply around the house!
1) Soak in a bath
This one is the most obvious and well-known. Adding a cup or two of Epsom salt to your warm bath is an easy way to take it to the next level. Check out this easy tutorial for making your own relaxing bath salts! Benefits to soaking in Epson salts include relaxation, soothing sore muscles, reducing swelling and bruising, and rejuvinating skin.
2) Greener grass
Epsom salt adds iron and magnesium to soil which in turn makes greener grass. Just add a couple tablespoons to a gallon or so of water and spray your yard! It might take a few times before you start noticing a difference.
3) Body / foot scrub
Epsom salt is great for exfoliating, getting rid of dry skin, and relaxing. You can easily create a body scrub to get all of those benefits by combining (roughly) 2 parts carrier oil— I prefer coconut— to one part Epsom salt and adding a couple drops of essential oil. All you have to do is mix it up until you get your desired texture!
4) Scrub the tiles
Tile grout is one of those things that no one ever really cleans, but you definitely should— and Epsom salt can help! Mix one part salt with one part dish soap and scrub away.
5) Face wash / mask
Adding a tablespoon or two of Epsom salt to your regular face wash is a really simple way to take it to the next level! If you’re looking for more than that, check out this really easy Epsom salt face mask that you can make.
6) Provide relief
More than just helping sore muscles and bruising when soaking in a bath, Epsom salt can help relieve pain from stings, bites, and sunburns. For this, you’ll want to mix the Epsom salt with cold water— a couple tablespoons per cup— and then soak the affected area with a washcloth.
7) Get rid of pests
Sprinkle a little barrier of Epsom salts around any plants that you need to keep slugs out of! The gritty texture will keep them away without a problem. Raccoons also don’t like the smell, so you can sprinkle it around trash barrels or any other things they’re attracted to keep them away. Just remember to reapply if it rains.
8) Healthy hair
If your hair is a little on the greasy side, you can add a cup or so to your shampoo and use it like normal. The Epsom salts will pull excess oil from your hair naturally! Epsom salt can also help give your hair volume. Check out this article for a recipe and more details on that!
Do you guys have any secret uses for Epsom salt that I missed?! Share with me in the comments!