How To Take The Perfect Detox Bath

When we take a detox bath, we not only boost our health and well-being, but also strengthen our immune system.

How To Take The BEST Detox Bath

Baths are amazing. They’re an easy way to sink into a state of relaxation, unwind and restore your body after all the stress of the day. With a few added boosts from natural ingredients, a regular bath can become something even better: A detox bath.

I know what you’re thinking: I barely have time for a shower, let alone a super-fancy bath! But trust me, taking some time for a detox bath is absolutely worth it.

Think about it: Your body’s pores are dealing with toxins all day, even if you’re not exercising. Sweating is one way of releasing your body from potentially harmful toxins, and detox baths are one way of sweating out toxins while not potentially exposing your body to harmful elements. The process behinds these baths is a version of osmosis. That basically means that toxins are first drawn to the surface of the skin by the bath’s hot water and then cleansed away as the water cools.

In addition to cleansing the body of toxins, a detox bath helps with overall regulation of the body’s processes. Some baths can help regulate the activity of enzymes, while others help alleviate pain and aid the healing process for those with non-ideal pH levels. Certain detox baths can help with excessive body odor! There things are amazing.

How To Take The BEST Detox Bath

Here’s how you can take the perfect detox bath in your own home:

1. Make sure you are properly hydrated.

A detoxing bath is supposed to be intense, drawing out all sorts of impurities from your body. Making sure you’re well hydrated beforehand will help prevent any unintentional damage to your body during the process.

2. Fill up a very hot bath.

Fill up the tub as much as you can, with the water as hot as you can stand it. This will help the bath be most effective in drawing out toxins.

3. Fill the tub with the active ingredients.

There are many recipes out there for detox baths. It’s up to you to decide what ingredients you’d like to add. This will determine what benefits your body will enjoy from the bath.

Most detox bath recipes contain at least one “harsh” ingredient that actively draws out the toxins. They’re things that you wouldn’t normally think of as bath ingredients, such as bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, or even hydrogen peroxide. They’re balanced out by “soothing” ingredients that lend other benefits. Think ginger, seaweed and (my favorite) essential oils.

4. Sink in and STAY in.

Follow the suggestions of your specific individual detox bath recipe. But it’s typically advised that you stay in your detox bath for at least twenty minutes. You have to give the ingredients time to work on your skin!

5. Dry off and treat your skin gently.

Be very careful getting out of the bath when your time is up. Your body’s just been through a lot. Take time to drink water and let your body recover. You can brush your body down for additional detoxing benefits, but be gentle to your body in general.

My Favorite Detox Bath Recipe



  • Mix epsom salt, baking soda and bentonite clay together.
  • Add essential oils and pour into hot bath water.

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How To Take The Perfect Detox Bath
  • 2 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
  • 20 Drops of Essential Oils (I use Lavender)
  1. Mix epsom salt, baking soda and bentonite clay together.
  2. Add essential oils and pour into hot bath water.


Have a happy bath time!

When’s the last time you took a detox bath? How did it go? What are your recommendations for detox baths?


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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
14 comments… add one
  • Rachelle March 23, 2017, 2:46 am

    I have been having detox baths for a year now and am addicted to them and switch essential oils depending on my mood. I also take a quick shower immediately afterwards….

  • Justine January 23, 2017, 12:04 am

    I plan for a detox bath later, found your post and I think it’s easy to follow and recipes are readily available.. Great post!! Thanks.

  • Amy Sauerlender January 19, 2016, 7:33 pm

    Do you mix the ingredients in a jar and add to full tub? How much is added, for a standard sized 20-25,gallon tub?

  • Donna January 18, 2016, 7:23 am


    You’d said be sure you’re well hydrated before the bath! Why? Will it make me very ill? Actually been afraid to try ionic foot bath for fear of getting really ill thru detox process.

    Needing something gentle & effective. My kidneys & liver are stressed, as I’ve been dealing w/terrible hormone & mineral imbalances, heavy metal, asthma, very little sleep for yrs & gut issues. A lot going on w/my body, & looks to be a long road to recovery. Need a detox for sure, but gentle. Had hoped this would be it, but you said things that made me think this bath would be pretty strong stuff!! Sorry to bombard w/so much info, but I’d never run across anything about a detox bath before. I’m 56, and only done 1 detox in my life w/herbs. That was in my 30’s when I was much healthier!!

    Thank you for your post,

    Donna Schnaath

  • Cammie January 18, 2016, 6:39 am

    Safe when pregnant?

  • nicole December 18, 2015, 6:18 am

    I love that jar!! Did you make it? If so, how? Thanks!

  • Edmund Saniger September 2, 2015, 10:18 pm

    Compared to a detox program a detox bath doesn’t do as much for your digestion, but if you are very stressed you could be causing a sluggish digestion. Relaxing in a detox bath can help in that regard, relaxing your body and allowing your digestive organs to function more properly.

  • Stephanie August 20, 2015, 11:17 am

    This is my all-time favorite detox bath! I use it after an intense deep-tissue massage, especially if I’ve been experiencing any muscle soreness or aches. Sometimes I leave out the clay and substitute apple cider vinegar. Sometimes I do this recipe and add 1 C of apple cider vinegar. For essential oils, I usually use lavender.

  • Lisa Lingman August 19, 2015, 11:20 pm

    Hi there Tiffany
    I was told with a detox bath to stay in no longer then 10 minutes at the most. Otherwise the toxins return is that correct?
    Lisa from NZ

  • Melissa August 19, 2015, 5:57 pm

    Is this safe to do if you are breastfeeding a baby?

  • Jessica August 19, 2015, 5:10 am

    I love when I come across a recipe where I already have all the ingredients. I will definitely try this one in the week.


  • judy scott August 18, 2015, 6:41 pm

    Does Bentonite Clay leave a lot of residue in the tub?

    • Stephanie August 20, 2015, 11:15 am

      Yes it does, but it’s easily rinsed out. I usually drain my bath completely, then come back and rinse out the clay residue.

  • Marlene Siegel August 18, 2015, 4:20 pm

    hello Tiffany,
    as I love reading your page each recommendation are so great. You have passion for coconut, and indeed coconut is for everything the most healthy fruit. I follow your recipes.
    Congratulations !!!!!!!


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