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Discover the magic of Epsom salt, a natural wonder packed with magnesium for health and versatile enough for home remedies and household hacks to ease aches and spruce up your gardens!
Uses for Epsom Salt
Below is an excellent list of Epsom Salt uses for your body and home! If you’ve tried any of these yet, be sure to leave a comment to let us know how it worked for you.
If you know of any other uses, comment with those as well. This list will be continually updated, so if you love Epsom salt and its many practical uses, be sure to check back.
I’ve heard that Epsom salt can also be great when removing blackheads, but I haven’t personally tried that one, so it’s not on my list. If you have, please let us know in the comments!
Household Uses for Epsom Salt
Treat your House Plants
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, isn’t just for people: your houseplants can benefit from it, too! Dissolve 2 tbsp of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and water your plants for an extra dose of minerals they’ll love.
Grow Better Tomato and Pepper Plants
If your soil is low in magnesium, pour a tablespoon of Epsom salt in the hole before planting tomatoes or peppers to give them enough magnesium to flourish and thrive. You can also mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt per gallon of water for a spray. Spray around the plant after the first blooms appear.
Want to know how often to use Epsom Salt on tomatoes? Just keep an eye on your plants to see when they need a little pick me up, or spray around them about twice a month for a boost.
Tip: Get more Frugal Gardening Tips here.
I’ve used epsom salts for my plants for quite some time. They love it! It makes them greener and healthier even in the hottest months. I just add a bit too my watering can (I never measure lol)Amy, Little House Living reader
Clean Tile with Epsom Salt
The abrasiveness of Epsom salt combined with liquid dish detergent can help your tile shine. Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and scrub tile or grout until clean. Rinse with clean water.
Tip: Find more Homemade Cleaners recipes here.
I love using Epsom salts to clean my tile and grout. We used it to clean our grout before painting it instead of the chemical cleaner that came with the kit. It did such a fantastic job without all the dangers of using a cleaner that required you to wear gloves to even handle closed!!Brittany, Little House Living reader
Personal Uses and Benefits of Epsom Salt
Relaxing Bath for Muscle and Joint Soreness
Draw a bath of warm water, add 2 cups of Epsom salt, and soak for at least 20 minutes to alleviate sore, tired muscles. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil for added relaxation benefits. The magnesium also aids in a better night’s sleep.
We use Epsom Salt in our house often!! My youngest daughter runs for her school’s track and field team and often has sore muscles from running, especially now since it’s the start of the season, and also gets muscle cramps, so he is having lots of Epsom Salt soaks lately, plus we use them in the garden too with our tomatoes.Peggy, Little House Living reader
If you have a splinter that you’re having difficulty removing, you can soak in an Epsom salt bath to increase the osmotic pressure of the skin, which will draw the splinter to the surface. If it is just a finger or toe, simply dissolve 2 tbsp of Epsom salt in a cup of water and soak the affected area. This works well!
Exfoliate your Face with Epsom Salt
For a natural exfoliant, add a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt to your normal face wash, gently rub your face with circular motions, and rinse. It will help bring out impurities and rid your face of dead skin. Do not use it on sensitive skin.
I use Epsom Salts in my fabric softener dispenser instead of fabric softener. I fill a clear glass canister jar about 1/3 with the salts, add a few drops of essential oil, then stir. I repeat until jar is full. I use a metal coffee scoop to get the salts from jar to washer. It will remove any soap residue in your laundry (which keeps your clothes softer and towels more absorbent) and allows you to scent your laundry with the fragrance of your choice.Regina, Little House Living reader
Epsom Salt Foot Bath
Combine 1/8 cup of Epsom salt, 1/8 cup sea salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda to a foot bath or sturdy container large enough for your feet. Pour in hot water and soak feet for 30 minutes to alleviate tired and sore feet.
The foot soak is sooo relaxing. Whenever I get stressed out, overwhelmed or run-down, it always helps me feel better and have a better night’s sleep!Andrea, Little House Living reader
Add More Volume to Hair
Excessive oil in the hair is the main cause of flat hair. To naturally reduce the oil in your hair, add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to a bottle of shampoo. While the hair is still dry, gently massage 1 tbsp of mixture into the hair and rinse with cold water. Then, pour apple cider vinegar or lemon juice onto the hair, leave for 5 minutes, and rinse.
Tip: Learn to Make Your Own Shampoo here.
To relieve sunburn pains, soak in a warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt for at least 20 minutes. It will ease the pain and reduce the skin’s irritation.
Tip: Find more Natural Sunburn Relief here.
Removing Bee Stings and Other Bug Bites with Epsom Salt
Similar to a splinter, an Epsom salt water soak will help draw out a bee stinger if it is stuck in the skin. Epsom salt also helps with itchiness associated with other bug bites. Soak affected skin in an Epsom salt solution for 20 minutes.
I drill holes in stumps and pour epsom salt in holes add water and in a year the stump is rotted and easier to clean up, works great with bushes you want gone, trying it now on a apple tree stump, so far it’s looking pretty good !Sherry, Little House Living reader
Soft Skin Scrub
Mix 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/2 cup Epsom salt for a soft skin salt scrub. Rub into wet skin with a washcloth while in the shower, rinse, and you will be left with soft, exfoliated skin.
Tip: Get the recipe for a Sugar Scrub here.
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What are your favorite uses for Epsom Salt? Have you ever tried any of the above uses for Epsom Salt before?
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This article on Uses for Epsom Salt was originally posted on Little House Living in September 2013. It has been updated as of February 2024.