8 Homemade Foot Scrub Recipes

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Everyday wear and tear can put your feet in a dismal (and painful) situation. You may find yourself suffering from cracked heels, calluses, achy feet, or plain old dry skin that no amount of moisturizer could possibly repair. One way to care for your feet is to regularly exfoliate—of course, not with any old store-bought product riddled with chemicals and plastic microbeads. Nay, the eco-friendly way to exfoliate is to DIY foot scrubs and soaks using ingredients you already have at home.

Here, we offer a few homemade salt scrub recipes to help your tootsies stay in tip-top shape.

Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • Few drops of peppermint essential oil

Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favorite olive oil or coconut oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet but grainy consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Transfer the scrub to a pretty bottle and use in the bath or shower to exfoliate, moisturize and soothe sore feet.

Refreshing Lemon Foot Scrub

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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup almond or coconut oil
  • 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil

Combine sugar and almond oil in a clean, dry bowl and add oil slowly until you have a soft, wet-sand consistency. Add as much lemon essential oil as preferred and work into feet for five minutes before rinsing away in the shower. Your feet will feel like they’ve had a refreshing spa treatment.

Milk Scrub for Cracked Heels

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  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 cups warm water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar or salt
  • 1/2 cup baby oil
  • Pumice stone
  • Stridex pad
  • Favorite thick moisturizer
  • Socks
  1. Pour 1 cup of milk and 5 cups of warm water in a foot bath tub or large basin and soak your feet for five to 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, pour baby oil and sugar or salt and mix well. Make into a thick paste and apply all over feet, massaging in circular motions.
  3. Finish with a pumice stone scrub on callused heels.
  4. Rinse and pat feet dry.
  5. Rub feet with Stridex pads, which further exfoliates them.
  6. Apply a thick moisturizer or petroleum jelly to the bottom of the feet. Put on thick, cozy socks and rest with your feet up for several hours or sleep with the socks on.
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Antioxidant-Rich Coffee Scrub

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  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract

Warm coconut oil to above 80 degrees so that it's in liquid form. Mix the coffee, coconut oil, and vanilla extract together. You should wait to add the brown sugar until after the mixture has cooled to prevent it from melting. Once all ingredients are combined, massage the mixture into your skin and rinse or wipe clean, allowing the coconut oil to continue working.

Moisturizing Coconut Scrub

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  • 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil, solid but soft
  • 1 cup white or brown sugar

Warm the coconut oil, if needed, until it can be mashed with a fork but is not yet liquidy. Combine the sugar and coconut oil with a fork or, for a lighter consistency, whip it using a stand mixture. Apply to skin and rinse or wipe off when finished, storing any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Vinegar Foot Soak for Achy Feet

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  • Hot water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Epsom salt or sea salt
  1. Fill a foot bath or large basin with hot water, add the vinegar, and mix in a handful of Epsom salt or sea salt.
  2. Soak feet for 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare the same mixture using cool water.
  4. Soak a towel in the cool mixture, squeeze out excess, and wrap it around feet for five minutes for a refreshing finish.
  5. Repeat several times a day to reduce inflammation and relieve achy feet.

Tropical Pineapple and Yogurt Foot Scrub

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  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Mix the yogurt and sugar together first, then add pineapple. The fruit's high acid and vitamin C content help to remove dead skin without a lot of abrasion. Scrub your feet with the mixture for 10 minutes, then let sit for another 10 minutes before rinsing clean.

Cleansing Baking Soda Foot Soak

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  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 cups warm water
  • Juice of half a lemon

Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and watch the mixture fizz as the baking soda blends with lemon juice. Baking soda is a powerful cleansing agent that also helps with itching. Soak your feet for 10 minutes, then rinse the mixture off well.