Epsom salt, to me, has always been a bit like baking soda or plain white vinegar (both also mentioned in the tips below). I knew there were a thousand uses for it, but I only used it for the one with which I was familiar – in this case, as a bath soak. As it turns out, the dozens of uses below make it a tremendous household commodity. Epsom salt is cheap, safe, and can be useful in just about every room of your home. How so? I asked all the moms of the internet and compiled the best answers. Some of these I have already tried, and others I look forward to testing.
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Here are twenty-four ways to use Epsom salt in your daily life:
For First Aid:
1. Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of hot water. Let cool, and use the mixture to saturate a washcloth. Apply it to a bug bite to relieve itching.
2. You can also put that mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it on your skin to help calm a sunburn.
3. Ease and repair sore muscles, or even relieve a headache or abdominal cramps, by soaking in a hot Epsom salt bath.
4. Mix Epsom salt with a little bit of water to form a paste, and apply this mixture to a bruise. This will accelerate fading and recovery.
5. Add Epsom salt in to your hangover regimen. Put a teaspoon of it in a large glass of water to help flush out your system after a long night.
6. Apply Epsom salt to the skin over a splinter. This will pull the splinter to the skin’s surface, making it easier to remove.
7. Add Epsom salt to a glass of water if you are constipated. The magnesium can help to regulate your digestion.
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1. Heat up equal parts hair conditioner and Epsom salt, stirring to combine well. Massage the mixture into your scalp as you would shampoo, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. This will add volume and shine while reducing frizz.
2. Pack Epsom salt into a small container and saturate with olive oil. Use to exfoliate and moisturize your legs before shaving.
3. Combine Epsom salt with petroleum jelly to make your own lip scrub.
4. Mix Epsom salt with olive oil, castile soap, and your favorite essential oil. Use this to scrub your feet twice each week to keep them soft and fragrant.
5. Add Epsom salt to your shampoo if you are prone to greasy hair. This will help remove oil more thoroughly.
6. Make thisDIY Sea Salt Hair Sprayfor beachy waves.
7. Mix some Epsom salt into your facial cleanser if you’d like to add exfoliation and moisturizing power to your standard routine.
8. Soak in an Epsom salt bath to help relax your muscles and mind while softening your skin.
For Your Home and Garden:
1. Adding Epsom salt to your soil encourages plant growth and promotes good health.
2. Sprinkle Epsom salt around your garbage can if it keeps getting raided by raccoons. The smell will keep them away.
3. Scrub burnt food off of pots and pans with Epsom salt and hot water.
4. Mix equal amounts of Epsom salt and liquid dish soap. Use this to scrub grout and tile.
5. Frost your windows for Christmas! Mix 1.5 cups boiling water with 1 cup Epsom salt and 3 Tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Apply the mixture to your windows with paper towels or a sponge and let dry for a festive look.Hereare some other ways to crystallize your craft room with the help of Epsom salt.
6. Soften a stiff new t-shirt by soaking it in a combination of Epsom salt, baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water for three days. Wash and dry afterwards, and while you’re at it…
7. Get rid of buildup in your washing machine by adding Epsom salt as you would detergent and running a hot cycle.
8. Add 1/8 cup Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Use this to water your grass – the magnesium will help to keep it green and vibrant.
9. Sprinkle Epsom salt on your plants to repel bugs and slugs.