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How to make your own bath salts

Enjoy a relaxing soak with our 6-step process of how to make bath salts at home.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key steps to make a homemade bath salts recipe

  • Mix together Epsom salt (2 cups), fine sea salt (1/2 cup), and baking soda (1/2 cup).

  • Add your favourite colour with food colouring.

  • Use essential oils to add your favourite fragrance. This is not suitable for pregnant women or young children.

  • Store your homemade bath salts in an old jam jar or mason jar. Follow our tips on sterilising jars first.

Homemade bath salts make a great present for yourself or a loved one. Not only do they create a soothing bath experience; they’re also an eco-friendly option with no unnecessary packaging or harsh ingredients! Here you’ll find a simple step-by-step guide for how to make bath salts and how to store them ready for use in your own home spa.

Add essential oils sparingly – a little goes a long way and it’s much easier to add extra fragrance than take it away!

Making scented bath salts: A simple bath salts recipe

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Creating your own homemade DIY bath salts is easier than you think. With this simple recipe we’ll guide you through steps to make your own bath salts for yourself and as gifts.

What you need to create DIY bath salts:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt

  • 1/2 cup of fine sea salt

  • 1/2 cup baking soda

  • Essential oil of your choice – lavender is always popular

  • Clean glass jars for storage – old mason jars or jam jars are ideal once sterilised

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Steps to make your own bath salts:

  1. Mix the Epsom salt, fine sea salt, and baking soda together.

  2. Add a splash of colour with a few drops of food colouring. Mix with a spoon.

  3. Pat down any clumps with the back of the spoon.

  4. Add your essential oil for fragrance a few drops at a time. Do not add more than 15 drops and remember you can mix more than one to create a unique scent – you may want to check the combination works before adding it to your bath salts though!

  5. Transfer your homemade bath salts to your choice of container. This is a great opportunity for you to upcycle old jam jars or mason jars.

  6. Use twine, paint, dried flowers, stickers etc. to decorate your jars. This is a great way to make them a fun, unique, and sustainable gift ideas.

It really is that simple! Follow our guide for how to make bath salts and you’ll have a sustainable, eco-friendly bathing option to use yourself or to give away as gifts. And if this activity has inspired you to make more beautiful gifts, then try our guides to making homemade soap or even creating your own candles.

Health Warning

Always read the label as some essential oils are not appropriate for use by pregnant women or young children.

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