Back in the early 80’s when I was still a small child, my Mum used to sprinkle epsom salts in my bath. Now, the next generation on is doing the same thing to their kids! It’s long been known that epsom salt has abilities as a natural remedy for so many ailments. Exfoliating, soothing and moisturizing, it’s the perfect addition to scrubs, soaks and soap.
This recipe “jazzes” up the old epsom salt slightly, making bath time a little bit more fun!
1 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/4 tsp fragrance oil
Food colouring (optional)
Measure your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine with a whisk until there are no lumps.
If you want to colour your bath salts, add a few drops of food colouring and mix with your whisk immediately. When you add the colouring the mixture will start to fizz. This is a mini reaction between the water in the food colouring, and the baking soda/citric acid. Mix the colour in well until the colour is even and there are no lumps. Use your hands if you need to – it’s kind of like mixing the butter into the flour when making scones!
Add your fragrance oil and mix thoroughly with your whisk.
To package the fizzy bath salts, spoon the mixture into a plastic bag, twist the top and secure with a piece of cellotape. Tie a cute little bow with a piece of ribbon and voila!
These make a great little gift for someone, or to use for yourself. You can make any different colour or fragrance combination. This is an inexpensive, fun project which the kids will love!
Now for the really fun part… testing!
Since I don’t have a bath in my workshop, I had to settle for a giant bowl. I sprinkled a small handful of the fizzy bath salts and this is what happened…
You get all the benefits of the epsom salts, with a little bit of fun added in too!