There’s not much you can do to ensure your feet aren’t negatively affected by wearing socks, wearing sandals, or going barefoot. There is no “right” way to dress your feet, because they can still end up dry and cracked or itchy and smelly, or some strange combination. Luckily, these DIY foot soak recipes can help treat most uncomfortable foot ailments.
By using a weekly foot soak or doing one every other day, you can keep your feet looking and feeling as healthy as possible. Milk and honey in foot soaks can help relieve dry skin, while apple cider vinegar is perfect for stubborn calluses. Plus, different oils can help with general aches in your feet and ankles.
If your feet have more serious conditions, you should always seek medical help to treat those issues more thoroughly. But sometimes, being able to treat your feet and soften calluses or blisters yourself to get rid of small issues and do away with cracked heels feels so good to do on your own. If you need something to help soothe your tired feet after a long day of work or working out, or you want to return your scratchy dry feet to their former soft and supple glory, then these DIY foot soaks can help you.
1. Citrus Foot Soak
This one includes Epsom salts and baking soda, which are both beneficial for getting rid of toxins in the skin and softening the skin at the same time. Plus, the orange citrus in the soak makes for a pleasant smell during and after you have finished soaking your feet.
2. Coconut Lime Soak
Coconut oil is actual anti-fungal, which is always a plus when you make a DIY foot soak mixture. Not only will this one make your feet feel supple and soft afterward, but it has long-term benefits you can’t ignore.
3. Honey Foot Soak
While you shouldn’t look to honey as a natural cure-all, it can be used to treat conditions related to athlete’s foot. And it does act as an antibiotic of sorts, so when used in a foot soak, honey can work to ward off bacteria that might find it’s way to your feet otherwise.
4. Lavender And Peppermint Foot Bath
The combination of lavender and peppermint in this particular foot bath will leave your feet feeling energized and ready to slide into a cozy pair of socks to preserve the feeling and pleasant smell. Because peppermint is cooling, it can also leave your feet feeling newly energized.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Apple cider vinegar is an overall healthy ingredient for almost any foot soak. Not only can it exfoliate skin, but it can also help treat athlete’s foot. It may not be the only thing you need to get and keep your feet healthy, but it is something to consider when you want to work on dry skin and even smells on your feet.
6. Peppermint Soak
Believe it or not, peppermint offers three totally different things in a foot soak. It can soothe aching muscles, but it can also invigorate your feet and give your feet a tingling boost of energy. Plus, peppermint can reduce inflammation in the feet, which is very important if you have been on them for hours at a time.
7. Coconut Milk Foot Soak
That’s right — coconut milk isn’t just for drinking, although it has plenty of benefits in that way too. But in a foot soak, coconut milk still has all of those vitamins and minerals, whichever also healthy for your feet. Plus, any similar milk soak will inevitably feel good on aching feet.
8. Coffee Foot Soak
A soak including both brewed coffee and honey adds soothing and calming properties for any feet. Coffee can soothe the skin while actual coffee grounds can be scrubbed on feet to remove some of the dead skin. In this case, the coffee is used as a soak instead of a scrub, but it still has beneficial properties.
9. Chamomile Soak
There’s a reason why people also use chamomile as a tea. It has an overall soothing nature and with this DIY foot soak, it’s no different. As the key ingredient, it can reduce inflammation, soothe muscles, moisturize, and even combat bacteria.
Not only can some of these DIY foot scrubs take away some of the aches and pains after a long day, but they can also reduce swelling that comes from being on your feet all day. Even if you are lucky enough to not be prone to cracked heels or foot blisters, sometimes there is nothing like a good foot soak at the end of a long hard day.