How to Make DIY Detox Bath Bombs: With and Without Epsom Salt

Fizz up your bath with our easy recipe for DIY detox bath bombs!

January 8, 2024 5 minutes read
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Looking for ways to de-stress? Indulge in a warm bath infused with a fizzy, fragrant detox bath bomb - the most delightful way to relax and unwind (in our humble opinion, at least).

While store-bought bath bombs are widely available, creating your own can be an incredibly rewarding experience. They make for a therapeutic bath (plus, making them can be therapeutic in its own way). And they can also serve as personalized gifts for your loved ones.

So, let's dive into the recipes and guides on creating these bath-time treats right in your home.

First, Gather Your Ingredients and Tools

To make your DIY bath bombs, you'll need a few key ingredients:

Tools and Equipment:

Here's a list of essential tools you'll need:

DIY Detox Bath Bomb Recipe

diy detox bath bombs

This recipe can serve as a guide for both Epsom salt bath bombs as well as detox bath bombs without Epsom salt. Simply exchange the Epsom salt with the same quantity of the salt of your choice (Himalayan or sea salt). The rest of the ingredients remain the same.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup Epsom salt (or Himalayan pink salt or sea salt)
  • ½ cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 tablespoons citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil of your choice
  • 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
  • A few drops of food coloring (optional)
  • A spray bottle filled with water or witch hazel


  1. First, Color the Salts: If you're using, say, two colors, divide the salt into two separate bowls and add food coloring to each. Mix and let it sit for a bit for salts to absorb the color. The more color you add, the more intense it will be.
  2. Dry Ingredients: Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, and cornstarch. Ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Wet Ingredients: Mix the carrier oil and essential oils in a separate bowl.
  4. Combine: Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly, whisking continuously to prevent the mixture from fizzing.
  5. Check Consistency: The mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling, like damp sand. If it's too dry, spritz with water or witch hazel from the spray bottle.
  6. Prevent the Fizz: Make sure the mixture doesn't start fizzing in the bowl. So, after each spritz with witch hazel (or plain water), stir it well.
  7. Molding: Once you get the right consistency, press the mixture firmly into your molds. If using a two-part mold, overfill each half before pressing them together.
  8. Drying: Allow the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours before gently removing them.

Note: Store the bath bombs in an airtight container, away from moisture.

How Many Bath Bombs Can You Get With This Recipe

five homemade detox bath bombs

The number of bath bombs you can make with this recipe depends on the size of the molds you're using. Typically, a recipe with these quantities yields about 4 to 6 medium-sized bath bombs.

Standard bath bomb molds are often around 2.5 inches in diameter. If you're using molds of this size, you can expect to get around 4 to 6 bath bombs. However, if your molds are smaller or larger, the total yield will vary accordingly. Smaller molds can produce more bath bombs, whereas larger ones will yield fewer.

If you're using ice cube trays as molds, your bath bombs will be smaller, and you'll get more of them. In this case, when taking a bath, use two smaller bath bombs.

Remember, the density at which you pack the mixture into the molds also affects the final count. Packing the mixture more tightly will result in fewer, denser bath bombs, while a looser pack might give you more bombs that are lighter and may fizz faster in the bath.

Tips for Perfect Bath Bombs

woman's hand picking up a diy detox bath bomb

There are a few tricks to get the just right consistency of your bath bombs

The Benefits of a Bath Bomb-Infused Bath

If you enjoy your detox baths, you can prepare a bunch of detox bath bombs in advance – and once you're in the mood for some soaking, simply fill the tub with warm water and throw in your DIY bath bomb. No hassle of preparing your ingredients, measuring and adding them to your bath – they are all already in the bomb.

Besides hassle-free soaking, bathing in a bath enhanced with these bath bombs can be incredibly beneficial for your body and mind. It will relax you, help your body get rid of toxins, and provide a mental escape as well. The essential oils can provide aromatherapy benefits, helping reduce stress and improve mood. Epsom salt's magnesium content can help with muscle tension and even improve sleep quality.

Plus, the process of creating these bath bombs can be a therapeutic and fun DIY project in itself.

Customizing Your Bath Bombs

essential oils and herbs for customizing diy bath bombs

One of the joys of making your bath bombs is the ability to customize them:


Creating your own detox bath bombs is a rewarding and creative process. These homemade gems offer a luxurious and therapeutic addition to your bath, making them perfect for self-care or as thoughtful, handmade gifts.

By crafting your bath bombs, you're not just making a product; you're creating an experience – one that soothes the body, calms the mind, and rejuvenates the soul. So, next time you're in the mood for a spa day at home, remember that a delightful, fizzing bath bomb is just a few ingredients away.

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