I love common household products that can be used in unexpected ways. Buying a product that can be used in a variety of different ways is one of the best ways I know to live frugally.
Epsom Salt, is that what’s in my fragrant bath salts that I got for Christmas? Here I thought that it was just to make my bath water smell pretty. Why didn’t anyone tell me that Epsom Salt has a lot of healing properties. If I had known this I would have used my Christmas present instead of just displaying it because it looked pretty. Thanks to my family I’m now informed with a huge list of frugal living tips using Epsom Salt.
Arthritis – to prevent joint tightening, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups Epsom Salt for at least 15 minutes. After drying off move the joints as much as possible.
Bronchial Asthma – to ease tightness, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Bruises – to reduce swelling, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm bath and soak.
Detox – to eliminate toxins, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt once a week for 10 minutes.
Energy – to increase, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Episiotomy – to reduce soreness, apply a thick paste made with Epsom Salt and hot water to the area.
Feet – to remove odors, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with a ½ cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
Feet – to soften, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with a 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
Feet – to soothe, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with ½ cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
Inflammation – to relieve, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Migraines – to relieve pain, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Muscles – to relieve pain, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Sleep – for a better nights sleep, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt before going to bed.
Splinters – to remove, soak in Epsom salt to draw out the splinter
Sprains – to reduce swelling, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak.
Stress – to relieve, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
Sunburn – for relief, spritz skin with a mixture of 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt and 1 cup cool water.
Face – to clean, mix ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt with cleanser. Massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
Face Mask (normal to dry) – to make your own, mix ¼ cup grated carrot, 1 ½ teaspoons of mayonnaise and ½ teaspoon of Epsom Salt.
Hair – to remove hairspray build-up, mix together 1 cup Epsom Salt, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 gallon of water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight, than pour the mixture on your dry hair. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo.
Hair – to remove oil, add 1/4 cup Epsom Salt to 1/4 cup shampoo and massage mixture to dry hair. Rinse with apple cider vinegar. Leave on your hair for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.
Hair – to add texture, mix together 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom Salt, ½ teaspoon conditioner. Spray on the roots of dry hair and scrunch.
Hair – to add volume, heat ¼ cup conditioner and ¼ cup Epsom Salt in a sauce pan. Massage the warm mixture to your hair. Let the mixture sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes then rinse.
Skin – to exfoliate, massage Epsom salt over wet skin.
Skin – to moisturize, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups Epsom Salt and ½ cup olive oil for at least 15 minutes. Do not use soap.
Skin – to relieve itchiness, spritz skin with a mixture of 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt and 1 cup cool water.
Grout Cleaner – to make your own, mix equal parts Epsom Salt and dish soap. Scrub the grout and rinse clean.
House Plants – to boost growth, dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt in a ½ gallon of water. Use the mixture to water your plants.
Tomatoes – to boost growth, add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to the soil.
Roses – to boost growth, add 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt to the soil weekly.
Slugs – to banish, sprinkle the area with Epsom Salt.
Soil – to restore magnesium levels, add Epsom Salt to the soil.
(may include affiliate links)
We’d love to see how you use epsom salt! Snap a picture of your unique way of using it & tag it on Instagram with @FlusterBuster #epsomsalt
** If, by some minor miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (approx. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand-drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes, and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.
MORE LIKE THIS
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a commission. I only recommend products or services that I personally believe will add value to my readers. All opinions stated are strictly my own. Read our full disclosure policy for more information.
Updated 8/17/2020 with new images and template