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Baking Soda Bath

Baking soda has many uses in the kitchen, not only for cooking and baking, but also for cleaning. It is also a great natural home remedy for common skin problems. A baking soda bath can help neutralize skin acidity and promote elimination of toxins. Soaking in baking soda can help refresh, renew and soften your dry skin.

Benefits

  • Detoxify
  • Alkalize
  • safe
  • natural
  • neutralize acidity
  •  pain reliever
  • relieves itching skin
  • relieves burning, irritated skin
  • Skin softener

How to Take a Baking Soda Bath

Warning:

  • A homemade baking soda bath is refreshing and therapeutic for most people but  pregnant women and people high blood pressure and heart problems must consult their doctor before using it.
  • Maintain a comfortable bath temperature to reduce your risk of burning, fainting, or dizziness. People who use drugs or consume alcohol should avoid detox baths to prevent passing out or drowning. Work up slowly. So, water not too hot and half the amounts of detox ingredients. That way you can see how you do. If it turns out you did fine then next time add a little more of the ingredients.
  • Staying well hydrated also helps – sip room temp water w/pinch mineral salt (whole sea, real or Himalayan) constantly before, during & after.
  • I also keep a bowl of ice water next to me and soak a washcloth in it to keep my head cool. For me, that helps with the lightheadedness.
    And when you get out of the tub, take your time. I sit up, then up on my knees, then carefully stand.
    Also, make sure your blood sugar is not low when you get in the bath. You don’t want food in your stomach though – it’s good to have finished eating at least an hour beforehand depending on the meal.
    I think you’ll be fine if you’re generally healthy and strong, just start slow.

Baking Soda Bath: Recipe 1

Fill the bathtub or sitz bath with enough warm water to be able to submerge your body when you sit. Mix four to five tablespoons of baking soda into the water. Use a wooden spoon to help dissolve baking soda. Soak for 10-20 minutes. Gently dry off with a soft towel to avoid further irritation.

Baking Soda Bath: Recipe 2

Fill bath tub with hot water. Mix half a cup of Epsom salts and half a cup of baking soda. Add the mixture to the water while still running to make sure it dissolves well. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes. Lie down in bed for a few minutes after the bath because you may feel some dizziness, which is common after soaking in hot water, and releasing toxins.

Baking Soda Bath: Recipe 3

Dissolve a quarter cup of sea salt, a quarter cup of Epsom salt, and another quarter cup of baking soda in some boiled water inside a jar about a quart-size. Set aside. Then fill bath tub with warm or hot water and add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar. Pour the salt mixture into the bath. You can also add a favorite essential oil. Soak in the bath for about 30 minutes or as desired. Use this to sooth skin irritations, boost magnesium levels, and detoxify your body.

Bonus

  • For more cleansing effects, drink some peppermint tea before bathing. You can also add brewed peppermint tea to your bath to promote release of toxins through your skin.
  • For a soothing aromatherapy soak, add 10-15 drops of essential oils, such as rose or jasmine, to your Epsom salts. To relieve stress, add relaxing herbs like lavender or chamomile.
  • Remove dead skin cells by dry brushing using a loofah sponge or body brush before your bath. Then shower after the detox bath to complete your cleansing process. Use washcloth and soap to remove residues from your skin.

More Detox Bath Recipes

Aside from baking soda, you can also try other types of detox bath. However, it is advisable to talk to your doctor first if you have any illness or if you are on some medications.

 Oxygen Detox Bath

Fill your tub with warm or hot water. Add two cups of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of dried ginger. Then soak for 30 minutes or as desired. Oxygen detox is especially helpful in clearing nasal congestion, alleviating body aches, and relieving allergies and skin irritation.

Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe

  • 2 cups (or more) of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Ginger Powder

Oxygen Detox Bath Instructions

Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried Ginger. Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired. This bath is especially helpful during illness as the ginger helps clear congestion or alleviate body aches. It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.

Additional Detox Bath Notes

  • The warmer the water, the more powerful the detox effect will be.
  • If you have chlorine and fluoride in your water, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to any of these baths to help absorb the chemicals so they aren’t absorbed into the skin.
  • Any of these natural ingredients can be used alone or in combination for a cleansing effect.
  • All recipes can be doubled or tripled but this will increase the detox effect.
  • I recommend starting slowly with this or any health change.

 

Salt Detox Bath Recipe

Salt Detox Bath Instructions

Dissolve Salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a quart size jar and set aside. Fill tub with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in and add essential oils if using.

Soak in bath for 30 minutes or as long as desired. Note that with any detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out. I don’t recommend doing this while home alone or before going somewhere in case you are tired or need help.

This bath is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels and overall detoxing.

Clay Detox Bath Recipe

Clay Detox Bath Instructions

Dissolve the epsom salts in a warm/hot bath and add essential oils if desired. For the clay there are two options:

  1. Vigorously mix the clay in to a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Do not use metal for this! I mix with a plastic spoon in a glass jar. Add the clay mix to the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Mix that clay with a small amount of water to make a paste. Stand in the tub full of water and rub the clay mix all over your body to create a skin mask and let dry for 5 minutes before sitting down. This provides direct contact with the skin and effectively pulls toxins from the skin. Soak in bath at least 20 minutes or as long as desired. While soaking, use a wash cloth to scrub any remaining clay off the skin.

This bath is great for removing a lot of toxins as the clay binds to heavy metals and the epsom salts help pull a variety of toxins from the body while replenishing magnesium levels.

Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe

  • 2 cups (or more) of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Ginger Powder

Oxygen Detox Bath Instructions

Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried Ginger. Soak in tub for 30 minutes or as long as desired. This bath is especially helpful during illness as the ginger helps clear congestion or alleviate body aches. It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.

Additional Detox Bath Notes

  • The warmer the water, the more powerful the detox effect will be.
  • If you have chlorine and fluoride in your water, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of bentonite clay to any of these baths to help absorb the chemicals so they aren’t absorbed into the skin.
  • Any of these natural ingredients can be used alone or in combination for a cleansing effect.
  • All recipes can be doubled or tripled but this will increase the detox effect.
  • I recommend starting slowly with this or any health change.

Important: I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine.

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Reader Comments

  1. Marley says

    Love your blog so much! Do you think these will help with skin boils / cyst? And how often should these baths be taken? Thanks so much!

    • Jomika says

      Colloidial Silver…..is a must! My daughter had the same issues and the Dr’s wanted to put her on an antibotic for the rest of her life. We put her on colloidial silver for 2 months and they were completely gone and never have returned.

      Its a natural antibotic and perfectly safe

      • Felicia says

        I was on antibiotics for cysts/acne until I started going to my naturopath. She’s not giving me what I need to rid it without the antibiotics though. If I may ask, how is she using the colloidal silver? Sublingual? Topical? What strength. I’m new to it and so far have only used in our nebulizer with illness. Thanks for your help :)

        • Heidi says

          I’ve read that many people’s acne cleared up when they took Green Pature’s fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend.

      • Tiffle says

        That is the smartest thing I have heard anyone else say all year! I am so pro silver! That stuff cures cancer and all kinds of other stuff! LOVE IT! And u can make it in the privacy of your own home

  2.  says

    I love a good, relaxing bath! Thanks for these recipes. I have a question about water…ours does have chlorine and flouride. I would love to have a whole-house filter installed, but I have no idea who to call, where to get one. Anything you can recommend?

      • Samantha Hogenson says

        Do you think the benefits of a daily detox bath would outweigh the harmful effects of daily fluoride exposure? I have a berkey shower filter that removes chlorine and metals but not fluoride.

        • Brianna says

          Detox is a bit extreme for every day…I do mine about once a week. They are very draining but you will feel a difference with the first bath….I do the salt one and add ginger to the water too.. I do a three to one on the main ingredients and a couple of teaspoons of ginger powder. Then a whole cup of the vinegar with the sediment…costs a little more but works a lot better. That bath has changed my life one week at a time.

        • Forest says

          This is a good question and should be specified in the blog entry. If you use the Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide it’s 35% and that is strong stuff. I’ve burned my vagina in a sitz bath (the tub that fits on a toilet) with that and that was even bringing it down to 3% and adding a lot more water on top of that too. Some people pour that stuff straight into their bathtubs without a problem. I tried it one more time and even with just a couple of ounces after bringing it down to 3% I still burned. That was Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

    • Kristen says

      Hi! I am super sensitive to chlorine & Florida in my water. A couple of years ago I did research to find a filter for our house. I came across Aquasana. They have several different types but their whole house filter also has a UV light to kill ecoli & other gram negative bacteria. I have noticed a huge difference in my gut health since using these filters. We signed up for the automatic mail out of the filters every six months. This is not only helpful bit economical too as they are cheaper & if you have trouble with your unit the replace it for free, at least they have done that for our smaller faucet units. Their customer service is excellent & they are a high quality filter. You should at least research & check them out for yourself. Hope this helps.

    • Kimberly says

      When you have any water problems you should call your local Culligan Man! My husband and I have been in the water business for over 25 years. Many water processing companies have come and gone promising all kinds of solutions to water problems. Culligan has been in business continually for over 75 years. Your local Culligan Man will be able to help and educate you about any water problem you have. (unlike other companies that will charge you an arm and a leg for a mediocre product) And you can be sure that his information is backed by years of expertise.

  3. Alison says

    Love these options! Thank you for the recipes!! I do have one question.. as a nursing mama are these ok for me to do? Are toxins released into my milk as my body flushes them out?

    •  says

      I’ve seen things on both sides of this one. In general, I avoid internal detoxifying (supplements, herbs etc) but personally feel comfortable with external ones like this..

      • kathy tackeberry says

        Be sure if you’re pregnant to not make water too hot. I made mine too warm and I thought my son was going to jump out through my throat. :)

  4. Jennifer L. says

    Do you have good tubby suggestions for kids? My kids sleep really well if I add a handful of epsom salt to their bath.

    •  says

      I second that request! I’m always looking for safe ingredients to add to the bath water for my little boys–ingredients that will help them relax but won’t cause any problems during the “splash-fest.” The only thing I’ve tried thus far is Chamomile.

      • Jennifer L. says

        Thanks! I like it when bath products have many uses and when they can be safely used by anyone in our house. We tend to keep to basics when we can.

  5. lyss says

    Love these! Other places I’ve read call for a lot of the ingredients(such as 2+ lbs. of clay, or 3 cups of salts). Glad to know that smaller amounts are significant!

    One question…Is there such a thing as too hot of a bath? Sometimes I take what I call a “sweat bath”- a bath that’s hot enough to make me sweat, and maybe feel lightheaded and super thirsty. Is that a good thing for detoxing, or is that too hot? No, I’m not pregnant, as it probably would not be a good idea then.

  6. Loretta E says

    I love these! My favorite is the salt one because it combines all my favorite detoxifiers in one :)

    • Grace Babcock says

      I have experienced some clogging of my tub drain. This was after trying to flush a more significant amount of clay down. Just kinda had to work it down to be honest. But I live in an apartment complex that has less than desirable pipes.

  7. Bena says

    Do you think these would be okay for a pregnant woman to do, if the water was kept relatively mild?

  8. Cassie Oglesby says

    I was just looking on mountainrose….French green clay seems pretty awesome, why not use that for the clay detox bath?

  9. LadyEvidence says

    If I have fresh ginger root, can I just grind it down as much as possible and use that, or would I really have to dry it, too?

  10. Brie says

    One thing that should be added is that Hydrogen Peroxide baths (or H202 baths) are highly detoxifying. When you soak in the hot bath, the H202 draws the toxins out of your body and pushes them to the lymphatic system. You need to shock your body with 1 minute of the coldest water you can stand, immediately following the hot H202 soak so the toxins don’t sit in your lymph nodes. This is extremely important.

    • Aga says

      So are you saying to take the hydrogen peroxide bath, then jump in the col water for a minute, then back to the peroxide bath?

      • Hannah says

        I think she means just after the bath. It pulls them all to the front so you use the cold water to get them out.

    • La'Toya says

      Is it necessary to do a cold shower after an epsom salt soak as well or is this true for hydrogen perioxide soaks, only?

    • jem says

      What is the cold water supposed to do? The lymphatic system is you bodies natural immune system. Staying hydrated and movement (lymphatic is a low pressure system and needs muscular contractions to push lymph along) is the only thing that will clear lymph nodes out.

  11. Angela says

    Are all of these safe to use with children using the same amount of ingredients? Also, if so, my kids (ages 5 and 3) like to bathe together..Do you know if it would be OK to allow them to still take a bath together while doing this or should they be separated? Thanks soo much!!

  12. Corrie says

    This gives me an excuse to make time in my busy mommy schedule for my own bath!
    I am so excited to try this but thinking I might substitute the Apple Cider with Coconut Vinegar. I spent nearly three years physically incapacitated from ulcers & digestion issues until I found the magical coconut. So excited to see more of your ideas!

  13. Lisa says

    I have a question about hair during these detox baths…what do you do with it? Do you soak it as well or put it up & keep it out? I have really long hair but have scalp issues that could benefit from the detoxing. Any suggestions?

      • Lisa says

        Thanks! Isn’t the clay hard to remove from hair? I did the one with the B. Clay last night in my large garden tub. I pulled my hair up & tried not to get it wet. However, the clay made the tub slippery & I slid into the tub too far & got it wet anyway. As I was sliding across the tub I kept thinking…not the hair, not the hair! Oh well, I tried to be careful.

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