Need to unwind and soothe the soles? Treat your feet to a baking soda and vinegar foot soak. Here is how to make one and why your feet will thank you.
Baking soda and vinegar foot soaks have been around for centuries. They soften hard and calloused skin on the feet and boast numerous other benefits (see Benefits of Baking Soda and Vinegar for Foot Soaks and More, below). Because the ingredients we use are natural, this foot soak is soft on the environment too.
Materials for a baking soda and vinegar foot soak:
Yield: 5 liters
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar
- Warm water
- Large basin, bowl or foot bath
- Optional: 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Fill your basin with warm — not hot or cold — water.
- Add in your ingredients and stir gently.
- Relax and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes.
Any stinging or irritation means you should remove your feet from the soak immediately. If you have diabetes or serious skin conditions, you should check with your healthcare provider before using any foot soaks.
If it’s soft, smooth feet you’re after, why not turn your soak into a home spa experience? After soaking, exfoliate your skin naturally before finishing with an all-natural homemade lotion for added softness.
Benefits of Baking Soda and Vinegar for Foot Soaks and More
Our baking soda and vinegar foot soak will leave you feeling soft and relaxed without harming the environment. That’s benefit number one of several, thanks to its primary ingredient.
The team at Utopia knows the power of baking soda. It is one of our favorite natural DIY air fresheners, carpet cleaners and bathtub cleaners. You can even clean your tongue and naturally remove ink stains with it.
Vinegar is also a versatile and powerful ingredient to use around the home. Did you know that you can wash clothes with vinegar, or use it to get rid of fruit flies and unclog your drain? Its natural deodorizing effects make it an ideal cleanser, too.
Vinegar possesses antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that prevent and treat bacterial and fungal infections. It also shows potential in the treatment of other dermatologic disorders — you can even use apple cider vinegar for warts.
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