Epsom salt may not be high on the list of traditional, essential household items, but it really should be. After all, the colorless crystals – also known as magnesium sulfate – have such a wide variety of applications that it’s a wonder anyone survives without them. Indeed, from treating aches and pains to remedying oily hair, it almost feels like there’s nothing they can’t do.
20. Make your own bath bombs
Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a good bath bomb to spice up their daily routine? After all, watching it fizz away is something we’ll never get bored of. And if you have Epsom salt to hand, you can even make your own. Just add baking soda, citric acid, corn flour, some essential oils and food coloring.
19. Remove splinters
Tweezers or a needle are usually the go-to solution for removing splinters, but sometimes they’re wedged in too deep for traditional methods. In those cases then, you could always turn to Epsom salt. Indeed, just add a pinch between the splinter and a Band-aid, and it’ll eventually help work its way up and out of the skin.
18. Make fabric softener
While fabric softener may only be a few dollars per bottle, it quickly adds up over the course of a few months or a year. If you’re feeling frugal, then, you can make your own homemade crystals instead, using just two ingredients. Yes, simply mix together Epsom salt and scented essential oils for instant, cheap fabric softener.
17. Clean your washing machine
If your washing machine isn’t clean, how can it clean anything else? Well, chances are it can’t, so you may want to try using Epsom salt to get rid of any unwanted dirt and grime in your drum. Make sure it’s filled with water, then throw in a cup alongside a liter of white vinegar. Once it’s soaked for an hour or so, turn it on for a cycle. Your clothes will thank us.
16. Make your own dishwasher tablets
Another cost-saving measure made possible by Epsom salt, homemade dishwasher tablets can help you circumvent the expensive costs incurred by store-bought tabs. And they couldn’t be simpler to make. Just mix the salt, baking soda, borax, vinegar and essential oils in a bowl, then leave the mixture to set in a silicone mold.
15. Remove blackheads
If you suffer from blackheads, you’ve probably tried every method under the sun to get rid of them. But if you haven’t yet tried using Epsom salt, you may want to give it a go. Indeed, mixing it with iodine and hot water creates a solution that attacks the root of the problem, cleansing the pore completely.
14. Create a face scrub
You can buy Epsom salt-based face scrubs in stores, but why waste your money when you can just make your own? Indeed, the recipe is a simple mixture of the salt, a carrier oil such as mineral, rapeseed or olive oil, plus an essential oil. And it’ll work to both exfoliate and moisturize your skin in one go.
13. Treat oily hair
If you’re tired of paying for expensive store-bought solutions to oily hair, then you may have thought about turning to home remedies. And, of course, Epsom salt should really be your first port of call. Mix it in with your shampoo, then massage it into your scalp to help the magnesium sulfate in the salt combat the roots of any oily hair.
12. Moisturize dry hair
If you have the opposite problem, however, Epsom salt can still help. Instead of mixing it with your shampoo, however, you’ll want to mix it with your conditioner. Then warm it up a little in your microwave before washing it into your hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off, and it should work its magic.
11. Treat strains, bruises and insect stings
Yes, Epsom salt is essentially a catch-all method to ease all sorts of physical ailments, thanks to its magnesium content. And if you don’t have time to take a bath, you can create a localized solution to treat smaller affected areas. Indeed, all you need to do is soak a washcloth in a solution of water and Epsom salt, then rest it on the wound.
10. Grow bigger plants
Adding Epsom salt to your watering can a couple of times a month can yield awesome results in your garden. After all, the magnesium it contains is of great benefit to plants and vegetables – tomatoes, peppers and roses in particular. And it’s also a great solution if you have magnesium-deficient soil.
9. Clean tiles and grout
Head to the cleaning section of any store, and you’ll be met with a dozen different single-purpose cleaners for various applications around your home. But there’s no need to splash out on expensive tile and grout cleaner. Yes, Epsom salt mixed with a little dish soap will do the trick just as well.
8. Remove stubborn pot stains
Scrubbing away at pans with food dried on can be a nightmare for your wrist, and your sanity. But simply pouring a little Epsom salt on those stubborn stains first does wonders. Indeed, grab your sponge, and you’ll find that they lift off far easier than they did before.
7. Soak your feet in it
Epsom salt baths are great for relieving stress and rejuvenating your mind, but if you don’t have time to hop in the tub, you could always just soak your feet instead. Not only will it increase your body’s magnesium, it’ll also boost your serotonin levels. Yes, Epsom salt is actually a great way to improve your mood.
6. Instant sunburn relief
We’ve all been there: a glorious day in the sun, followed by a serious case of sunburn. But instead of resolving to stay indoors for the rest of your life, you could always just use Epsom salt. Simply mix it with water and spray it on to your burns. You’ll be back to normal in no time.
5. Get things moving
If you’re having difficulty getting your bowels to open, try drinking a glass of Epsom salt water. It may not be the most pleasant thing in the world, but it should help get things moving down there. And if you’re finding the taste absolutely unbearable, you can add lemon juice to make it more palatable.
4. Deter slugs
If you don’t fancy going full merciless killer on garden pests, swap out that table salt for Epsom salt. Instead of completely dehydrating slugs, it’ll just irritate them to the point that they hopefully change course. It will need topping up every time it rains, however, as it can easily be flushed out of the soil.
3. Relieve headache pain
While there are other, quicker things you can do to alleviate specific surface pains, the only way to combat a headache – or worse, a migraine – with Epsom salt is to commit to a full bath. But add a little ginger, light some candles, slide into the tub, and you won’t mind one bit.
2. Get a better night’s sleep
However, physical pain isn’t the only thing Epsom salt baths are good for. Indeed, they can also help you get a better night’s sleep. After all, if you allow the magnesium to soak up into your body, the results will be even more pronounced. And that means a serotonin boost, increased relaxation and – by extension – a sound night of shut-eye.
1. Regenerate a car battery
This one is a little more unorthodox. Yes, you can actually use Epsom salt to revive a car battery that will no longer hold a charge. Simply remove the battery, drain any excess battery fluid and replace it with Epsom salt water. Then connect it to the charger, and it’ll soon be good to go.