29 Clever Epsom Salt Uses You Need to Try

Nicole Fabian-weber
Aug. 3, 2015

You won't believe all the possibilities that come in one bag of Epsom salt.

Think Epsom salts are just for sore feet? Think again! There are endless possibilities inside one bag of Epsom salt -- check out 29 clever Epsom salt uses here:

  1. Grow Better Produce
    Spraying tomatoes and peppers with a water and Epsom salt mixture has been proven to produce bigger and better produce. Add one teaspoon per gallon of water and spray every one to two weeks.
  2. Clean Bathroom Tiles
    Mix Epsom salt with equal parts liquid dish soap and get to scrubbing.
  3. Get Rid of Slugs
    Sprinkle the salt where you typically find slugs and you won't see them again!
  4. Deter Raccoons
    Sprinkling a little Epsom salt around your trash cans will get raccoons to take up residence elsewhere.
  5. Enjoy Greener Grass
    Add two tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water and spray your lawn.
  6. Scour Pans
    Scrubbing pans with a quarter tablespoon of salt and warm water should get them clean and gleaming.
  7. Regenerate Your Car Battery
    The mother of all Epsom salt uses! Make a paste by dissolving about an ounce of salt into warm water, and then spread onto each battery post.
  8. Make a Hand Wash
    Make your own hand wash with a mixture of Epsom salt and baby oil.
  9. Clean Your Washing Machine
    Fill your washing machine with hot water, add the salt and run an agitate-soak-agitate cycle.
  10. Feed Houseplants
    Once a week, sprinkle a little bit on your plants to give them a boost.
  11. Treat Stings and Bites
    Soak the affected area in a cup of water with a tablespoon of Epsom salt for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove Splinters
    Soak the splinter for 20 minutes in Epsom salt and warm water, then use tweezers to remove.
  13. Relieve Sunburns
    Spritzing a mixture of one tablespoon of Epsom salt and a cup of water will relieve sunburn.
  14. Grow Prettier Roses
    Sprinkle about a tablespoon on the soil around the bushes once a week before watering them. Voila! Gorgeous roses.
  15. Add Volume to Your Hair
    Mix equal parts Epsom salt with conditioner and warm up in a pan. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.
  16. Deodorize Stinky Feet
    Soaking feet in warm water with a sprinkling of Epsom salt will help them smell pretty!
  17. Relieve Muscle Pain
    Sprinkle a cup of salt into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. It's even said to help detoxify the body.
  18. Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
    Soak feet three times a day in warm water with a handful of Epsom salts dissolved into it.
  19. Exfoliate Your Body
    Take a handful of salts and combine with your favorite body wash or oil. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  20. Remove Hairspray
    Combine one gallon of water, one cup of lemon juice and one cup of Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. Apply to dry hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing for squeaky clean strands.
  21. Treat Dry Lips
    Make a lip scrub by adding a little Epsom salt to petroleum jelly to remove dead skin on your lips.
  22. Cleanse Your Face
    Add a little Epsom salt to your facial cleanser and rinse off for smooth, glowy skin.
  23. Soothe Poison Ivy
    Soak a washcloth in a combination of Epsom salt and cold water and apply to the affected area to help relieve irritation.
  24. Treat Bruises
    To help treat a bruise, soak the injured area in a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt.
  25. Make a Mask
    If you've got oily skin, mix one tablespoon of cognac, one egg, a quarter cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of one lemon and a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt. Apply to damp skin and leave on for 20 minutes.
  26. Soften Fabrics
    Mix four cups of Epsom salt with 20 drops of essential oil for homemade fabric softener crystals. Use a quarter cup per wash and add at beginning of each load.
  27. Remove Blackheads
    Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt, three drops iodine and half a cup of boiling water. Dab the solution onto blackheads, allow to dry and rinse with warm water.
  28. Get Beachy Waves
    Dissolve one tablespoon of the salt into a cup of warm water and spritz onto your hair for a tousled look.
  29. Remove Tree Stumps
    Drill holes into the tree stump, fill each hole with Epsom salt and then add water to each hole. In a few weeks, the stump should begin to decay.

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Nicole Fabian-Weber lives with her husband, toddler and baby outside of New York City, where she writes about parenting for numerous websites. Right now, she's probably rearranging her furniture.

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