Epsom salt isn't actually the table salt we all know. The mineral mixture,
named for a saline spring in England, is actually a combination of magnesium and
sulfate. This popular mineral is touted for its health benefits as well as uses
in cleaning and gardening projects.
20 ways to use Epsom salt around the house
You can use Epsom salt in dozens of ways for health, beauty and cleaning
projects. Check out just a few of the beauty and health hacks below you can
do with this mineral
- Clean your hair: If your hair is particularly greasy, you can pull
excess oils right out by adding a bit of Epsom salt to your shampoo.
Wash and rinse as usual.
- Foot scrub: Winter weather can leave toes and feet dry, cracked and
gross. Get rid of dry skin by combining a cup of Epsom salt with olive
oil, castile soap and some essential oils and scrubbing your feet once
or twice a week.
- Bye bye frizz, hello volume: Mix equal parts hair conditioner and Epsom
salt together. Heat the mixture in a pan. Then starting at the roots and
working your way down, massage the mixture into your hair. Let set for
20 minutes and rinse. This works great for getting rid of frizz and
adding volume to your hair.
- Wash your face: Mix Epsom salt with liquid soap or face cream. Rub
gently into your skin and rinse. You'll get a moisture boost and remove
dead skin cells.
- Deflake the lips: Mix a bit of Epsom salt with petroleum jelly and
massage it into your lips to remove dead skin cells.
- Ease a headache: If you have an aching head after a rough day at the
office (or with the kids), try soaking in an Epsom salt bath. The
salt-soaked bath can help relieve tension in your muscles and ease your
- Nix tummy troubles: Help ease constipation symptoms by drinking a
teaspoon of Epsom salt in a glass of water. The magnesium should help
get things flowing again.
- Have a better morning after: If you had a little too much red wine last
night, you can ease hangover symptoms. Sip a teaspoon in a bit of water
to help flush out your system. Make sure to drink tons of water to stay
- Fade a bruise: Skip the raw meat compress and grab the Epsom salt
instead. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a little water and apply
it to the bruised area.
- Get more shut-eye: Soak in an Epsom salt bath for about 20 minutes
before dozing off to help you relax and loosen up for a better night's
- Ease muscle pain: Enjoy an Epsom salt bath after a hard day at the gym
or working in the yard to alleviate muscle soreness and speed recovery.
- Remove a splinter: Apply salt to the skin over the splinter to help pull
it to the surface. Bid a fond farewell to the painful tweezer method!
- Plant fertilizer: Add one tablespoon of salt to tomato plant soil to
encourage bigger plant growth.
- Clean the bathroom: Mix one part Epsom salt with one part liquid dish
soap, and scrub grout and tile well.
- Water your houseplants: Mix a few tablespoons of Epsom salt with water
and feed your plants as usual.
- Deter Slugs: Sprinkle a bit of Epsom salt onto the patio to keep slugs
at bay on rainy days.
- Boost your roses: Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to your soil to promote
- Clean the washer: Fill your washing machine with hot water. Add Epsom
salt and run a regular cycle to get rid of buildup on the insides of the
- Protect your plants: Add Epson salt to your grass and plants to keep
bugs at bay.
- Green up your grass: Add two tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of
water and sprinkle it on your grass to keep it green. The magnesium