Household Tips

The Many Uses of Epsom Salt

by Anonymous

We all know how good it feels to soak in a tub of Epsom salt when our muscles are achy, but did you know that Epsom salt has many more uses? The truth is, Epsom salt is not really a “salt” at all, but instead a mineral compound containing magnesium and sulfate. It comes from England from a saline spring located in Epsom in the Surrey region. The best part about Epsom salt is that it is very inexpensive! Try these neat ideas:

1. Make your own kitchen and bathroom tile cleaner: Simply mix equal portions of liquid dish soap and Epsom salt. Scrub onto surface to be cleaned, then rinse with water.

2. Make an exfoliating lip balm! This is great in winter when dry air dries out your lips and makes them flaky.Mix equal parts Epsom salt with coconut oil. Apply generously to lips.

3. Bug killer: Mix 1/4 cup of Epsom salt with 2 cups of water. Place in a clean spray bottle. Spray around home and garden.

4. Ease sore muscles: Add 2 cups to your bathwater. Make sure it all dissolves. Soak for 15 minutes. Ahhh...don’t you feel more relaxed? Soaking in Epsom salt is also know to draw out toxins.

5. Easy hand washing liquid: Mix 1/2 cup of baby oil, 1/2 cu of water, 1/4 cup of Epsom salts, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Place this in clean pump bottles next to your sink.

6. Remove splinters: Soak your splintered skin in Epsom salt bath. The salts will help draw out the splinter.

7. Remove dry dead skin: Just massage handfuls of Epsom salts all over your body when you shower, then rinse.

8. Relieve itching from insect bites or poison ivy: Soak a clean cloth in 2 T. of Epsom salt that was mixed into 1 cup of warm water. Hold the cloth onto affected area.

9. Get your laundry cleaner! Mix 4 cups of Epsom salt with 20 drops of essential oil. Add 1/4 cup to each load. Also helps to remove detergent buildup in your machine.

10. Sunburn relief: Soak in 1 cup of Epsom salt to relieve the pain of a nasty sunburn.