10 Surprising And Money-Saving Uses For All-Natural Epsom Salt


Epsom salt is great for easing aches and pains in a warm bath, but these crystals can be used in a wide variety of other applications that can save you time, money, and aggravation. How soothing is that?

1. Feed Your Lawn

Forget high-priced chemicals and treatments for your dying lawn: Use a lawn spreader to distribute Epsom salt or mix it with water and use a garden sprayer. Either way, you’ll want to get the soil to a neutral pH of seven.

2. Boost Your Magnesium

Add magnesium to your body by adding Epsom salt to your bath or foot soak. Magnesium may help you relax and enjoy better sleep, too.

3. Decorate Your Space

With Epsom salt, a pretty way to decorate your surroundings becomes crystal clear. You can make Epsom salt luminaries by painting the outside of a jar or vase with Mod Podge then rolling the vessel in Epsom salt crystals. Let dry and then apply several coats of clear sealer.

4. Add A Delightful Scent To Laundry

Mix Epsom salt with baking soda and 20-30 drops of your favorite scented essential oil, store in an air-tight container, and add a few tablespoons of the mixture to each wash load.

5. Repel Mosquitoes

Keep mosquitoes out of your lawn without taking a bite out of your budget. Combine three cups of Epsom salt with a large bottle of inexpensive blue mouthwash and 12 ounces of inexpensive beer. Safe on grass, flowers, and more.

6. DIY Gift

Give an inexpensive gift that’s sure to be used and that allows you to salt away the cash you save. Make luxurious bath salts by combining three cups of Epsom salt, two cups sea salt, one cup baking soda, and a few drops of peppermint or another essential oil.

7. Make A Crystal Garden For Kids

It’ll seem like magic to your kids but there’s no trickery involved in creating a charming crystal garden. Measure a 1:1 ratio of Epsom salt to warm water and place the mixture in a glass jar. Add food coloring, stir, and place the jar in the back of your fridge or in the freezer. Come morning, you’ll discover a glistening crystal garden.

8. Scouring That’s Tough On Stains, Gentle On The Environment

Getting rid of hard water stains? It’s easier and more economical than you think. Combine one cup of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup liquid dish soap. Safe for use on sinks, shower doors, stained glass, and more.

9. Kill Weeds

The ease of using this Epsom salt concoction is sure to grow on you; weeds, however, have met their match. Start with a gallon of white vinegar, add two cups of Epsom salt and a quarter of a cup of blue Dawn soap.

10. Clean Cast Iron

With this cleaning regimen, the many uses of Epsom salt are cast in a whole new light. To clean your cast iron pots and pans, rinse off any excess rust, scrub with Epsom salt, then lightly scrub again with baking soda or table salt. Rinse again, dry, coat the inside of the pot or pan with olive oil, then finish by heating the pan on low for 30 minutes to let the oil soak in.


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Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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