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How to Use Epsom Salt

Two Methods:Use Epsom Salt for the BodyIntegrate Epsom Salt for Home and Garden

Epsom salt can be considered to be one of the easiest ways to sooth sore feet but also act as a household cleaning agent around the home. Integrating Epsom salt into everyday living is easy and a non-toxic way to accomplish a variety of tasks.

Method 1
Use Epsom Salt for the Body

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    Brush your teeth with Epsom salt for an extra clean smile. Not only will Epsom salt whiten your teeth it will also help in the fight against periodontal disease.
    • Combine one part Epsom salt with one part water. Make sure you mix well and fully integrate salt into the water.
    • Dip toothbrush into mixture and brush well. Gargle with salty mixture and then spit. Rinse mouth with clean, cool water.
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    Sooth sore feet by soaking them in an Epsom salt bath. An Epsom salt bath will also help minimize corns or painful tendinitis.
    • Fill a small bucket or personal pedicure system with warm water. Consider filling it with boiling water and then allowing it to cool until you can comfortably place feet in water.
    • Add one to two cups of Epsom salt to the water and swish with your feet. Rub your feet along the salt grains to break it down and get it into sore or painful areas.
    • Sit with feet in the salt bath until water cools. If you want to continue your soak, consider adding a few cups of hot water and mix.
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    Exfoliate rough skin by combining Epsom salt and olive oil to create a natural skin scrub.
    • Combine two parts olive oil to one part Epsom salt in a small dish. If possible, heat the oil slightly so it is warm during application.
    • Using clean hands, apply the oil scrub to your face and rub using a circular motion. Perform this step over the sink as the oil will drip off your face.
    • Rinse with warm water and mild face soap. Pat skin dry with a clean towel.
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    Remove blackheads naturally using Epsom salt, iodine and boiling water. Instead of squeezing or using other harsh methods, remove blackheads naturally using only a few household ingredients.
    • Combine ½ cup of boiling water with 3 drops of iodine and 1 tsp. Epsom salt.
    • Stir and allow mixture to cool to touch. You want the mixture to be warm enough to loosen stubborn blackheads without scalding or harming the skin.
    • Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to the blackhead. Gently dab on blackhead and leave overnight.
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    Boost magnesium levels in your body by bathing in Epsom salt. Physicians know that it is difficult to get a sufficient amount of magnesium through our daily diet, but it is readily absorbed other ways. Soak three times a week for the optimal amount.
    • Add a cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for up to 30 minutes or until water cools.
    • Consider using the natural olive oil/Epsom salt scrub while you are soaking in the tub for added effect.

Method 2
Integrate Epsom Salt for Home and Garden

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    Use as a natural deterrent against neighborhood raccoons. Annoyed with a family of raccoons feasting on your garbage? Instead of laying down dangerous poison or a trap, use a natural way to keep them away.
    • Sprinkle Epsom salt on the garbage can lid at night. For added effect, encircle the can with salt--the taste of salt will send raccoons looking for somewhere else to dine.
    • Consider lining the area where you keep your garbage cans with Epsom salt on an ongoing basis. Eventually the woodland creatures will get the message that dining at your house is off limits.
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    Mix with water for a greener, lush lawn. Especially during the beginning of the season, when your grass is returning from its winter slumber, add Epsom salt to your watering cycle to return it to its original green, lush state.
    • Add 2 tablespoons to every gallon of water used to water your lawn. If you use an underground watering system, consider lightly sprinkling it directly on the grass during the watering cycle and allow it to absorb with the groundwater.
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    Whiten floor tiles when mixed with liquid dish soap. If you are having trouble keep white or light floor tiles looking their best, add Epsom salt to regular dish soap for the cleanest clean.
    • Combine ½ cup of Epsom salt to a gallon of warm sudsy water. Add more salt if your floor tiles are especially dirty.
    • Using a scrub brush, apply the mixture to your tile and scrub well. Pay close attention to the grout too--you may need to add a little ammonia to the mixture if you still have trouble getting grout clean.
    • Rinse with clean water. Buff floors with a clean towel to reveal a new, bright floor.
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    Fertilize your garden using Epsom salt. Looking for the richest, most delicious fruits and vegetables this season? Add Epsom salt to your regular watering routine to not only boost flavor, but also color and even size.
    • Mix 1 tbsp. of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and then sprinkle over plants. Be sure you soak each plant well with the mixture.
    • Add plant food immediately following the water cycle to aid in plant nutrient ingestion. Because Epsom salt boosts magnesium levels in plants it strengthens its ability to absorb nutrients, making fertilization following the water cycle imperative.


  • Combine Epsom salt with your favorite shampoo to remove dead skin cells and revitalize your scalp.
  • When using Epsom salt for foot pain relief, consider using a personal pedicure system. A personal pedicure system not only has a heating element, it also has certain settings designed specifically to relieve foot pain.


  • Ingest Epsom salt with care. Too much can cause diarrhea and is considered to a laxative.

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