9 Best Baking Soda Bath Benefits + Recipes for Relief!


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Soaking in the bathtub is not only relaxing but it can also be great for your health. Simply by adding baking soda (aka “sodium bicarbonate”) to your tub of water, you can soothe any number of ailments.

A baking soda bath has many known health benefits. It can help alleviate skin conditions such as eczema, yeast infections, skin fungus, and diaper rash. Adding baking soda to a tub of warm water works well to draw out toxins while relieving stress.

In this article, I share my favorite baking soda bath recipes and dive into the health benefits.

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Basic Baking Soda Bath Recipe

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This is the most basic soaking recipe – you don’t need to add any other ingredients.

Ingredients:

  •  ¼ to 2 cups of baking soda 
  •   Warm, not hot, water in the tub

Directions:

  • Fill the bathtub with warm water to your desired depth
  • Pour the baking soda into the tub of water and stir with your hand until the powder has dissolved
  • Step into the tub, lie down and relax for 20 minutes.

Is a Baking Soda Bath Healthy?

Baking soda, commonly known as sodium bicarbonate (or “sodium bicarb”), is an extremely versatile product used in everything from baked goods to cleaning materials. It can also help alleviate many health problems.

When ingested, baking soda can be an effective antacid for heartburn relief and is also used as a remedy for indigestion as it neutralizes stomach acid.

Although baking soda is safe to consume, it should only be used sparingly as it is very high in sodium – ½ tsp of baking powder contains 629mg of sodium, which equates to about ¼ of the recommended daily intake, according to the U.S Government Dietary Guidelines for Americans

But is bathing in baking soda good for you? 

Yes! Baking soda is often used as a treatment for the relief of painful skin conditions.

Baking soda has a high pH which reacts with the bathwater to neutralize the pH. The alkalinity in baking soda makes the water feel silky. 

The excellent video above from Fitlife.tv talks about the benefits of baking soda in your bathtub. And it includes a bath recipe that combines baking soda, Epsom salts and ginger. 

9 Baking Soda Bath Benefits

Baking soda can be used to clean the bathtub

A good long deep soak in a warm tub is always good for the soul, but what conditions will a spoon or two of baking soda treat? Let’s find out!

Health Warning: If you do suffer from any skin or health conditions, check with your doctor first before adding baking soda to your bathtub water.

1. The Ultimate Detox Solution

Every day your body is exposed to toxins in the air, water, and from the food you eat. Baking soda works to naturally detoxify your system and remove these toxins from your body. (Source)

A long detox soak is a great way to cleanse your body and boost your immune system while helping you to unwind.

Whenever you’re taking a detox bath, be sure to hydrate yourself plenty—before, during and after you soak.

 2. Baking Soda Soothes Eczema

People suffering from eczema are prone to itchy and inflamed patches of skin, with regular flare-ups. The condition can worsen if the skin breaks from scratching, allowing infection to set in.

Regular soaking in a warm tub of water with one quarter to one half cup of baking soda can help soothe itchy skin.

3. Reduces Psoriasis Inflammation

Psoriasis is a very dry skin condition causing itchiness and irritation. Many people living with this condition take daily medicated baths to soothe the skin.

Add ½ cup of baking soda to the warm tub of water for further relief.

4. Treats Nail Infections and Fungal Skin

Nail fungus or onychomycosis causes thick, crumbly discolored, and painful nails. As baking soda is an antifungal agent, it can help to fight off the fungal strains that attack the skin and nails.

Add ½ to 1 cup of baking soda to your tub of water. Regularly soaking hands and feet in a tub of warm water with baking soda mixed in should help relieve the symptoms.

A recent antifungal study conducted on yeasts, dermatophytes, and molds responsible for human nail and skin infections concluded that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) inhibited the growth of these fungi in 79% of the specimens during a 7-day trial. (Source)

However, be sure to speak to your doctor if you have developed a fungal infection of any kind.

5. Soothes Yeast Infections and UTI Infections

Relaxing in a warm tub is the best way to soothe yeast infections and UTIs. Add ½ to 1 cup of baking soda to the water and swirl the water around with your hand until the powder dissolves.

 A good soak in warm water and baking soda is a great way to neutralize a yeast infection. Simply soak in the water for about 15 minutes and feel the irritation fade away.

Some women might experience itching and irritation around their sensitive areas. Adding ¼ cup of baking soda to the warm tub water and soaking for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day should reduce some of these symptoms.

If the pain and discomfort do not ease, seek medical help.

 6. Heals Toxic Plant Rash

Not all plants are safe to touch – sometimes plants are toxic to humans and can cause a nasty, painful rash on the skin.

The rash is caused by oils secreted by the plants, and the best way to soothe the skin and prevent the oils from spreading is to wash them away in the tub.

Dissolve ½ to 1 cup baking soda in the warm tub of water to help reduce itching and irritation and reduce symptoms. Adding oatmeal to the tub water can further help reduce the irritation and soothe inflamed skin.

7. Eases Itchy Skin Conditions

Treatments for any skin conditions usually require medicated soaps, potions and lotions, and occasionally strong medication.

While these remedies are not necessarily bad (and you should always speak to your doctor for advice on how to treat skin conditions), “alternative” methods have been used over the years to treat and soothe painful skin ailments.

Did you know that baking soda is successfully used to bring relief to the following conditions:

  •  Sunburn. Baking soda’s antifungal properties are known to soothe irritated and sunburned skin. Add 2 heaping Tablespoons of baking soda to a warm tub of water.
  • Insect bites. Bug bites and bee stings are painful and nasty! Add 1 to 2 cups of baking soda to lukewarm bathtub water to relieve the itch from insect bites. Ensure the affected area is completely submerged for at least 20 minutes.
  • Chickenpox. To soothe the constant itchiness of chickenpox, add 1 to 2 cups of baking soda to the warm tub water and soak for 20 minutes three times a day. This should bring instant relief to itchy skin.
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids. Add a ¼ cup of baking soda to the warm tub of water and swirl to dissolve. This solution should relieve the symptoms.
  • Hives. Generally, an allergic reaction to pollen, medication, food, animals, or insect bites, hives are painful, raised red welts on the skin. As baking soda is a natural antiseptic, a cup poured into your warm tub of water will soothe the itchiness.

8. Treats Diaper Rash

Some infants are prone to an uncomfortable red skin rashes known as “diaper rash.” To relieve irritated skin, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the baby’s tub water and soak the baby’s bottom for at least 10 minutes.

9. Provides Relief for Muscle Pain and Tension

Tired muscles release lactic acid after intense exercise, causing muscle pain and fatigue. As baking soda is a natural antacid, adding 1 cup to your warm tub of water will soothe your muscles and offer pain relief. Add baking soda to an Epsom salt bath recipe to really rejuvenate. 

Also, see the recipes just below.

2 Easy Baking Soda Bath Recipes

Lullabye DIY Foot Soak Ingredients

A basic baking soda recipe is simple and easy. Try my favorite recipes the next time you bathe and soak away your cares!

 

Best Baking Soda Recipe for Aching Muscles

Try this recipe after a good workout and see the difference it makes to your recovery time.

 Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup of Epsom salts
  • 6 Drops of Essential Oils 
  • 2 Tablespoons Carrier Oil

Directions:

  1.    Fill up the bathtub with warm water.
  2.   Mix together the carrier oils and essential oils in a small bowl
  3.   Add the baking soda and Epsom salts to the mix in the bowl
  4.   Add a few spoons of water to make a runny paste
  5.   Once the tub is filled, pour the past into the water
  6.   Mix the water in the tub with your hand to dissolve the poste
  7.   Step into the tub and relax for at least 20 to 40 minutes, twice a week or after intense training

Customize Your Bath for a Great Soak

Milk Bath Benefits

Baking soda is a great natural and healthy ingredient to add to your warm bathtub water, but did you know that you can also add various salts and oils to enhance the experience?

A word of caution: Before you add essential oils to your tub – some essential oils could irritate your skin and cause more discomfort. If the irritation does not seem to be subsiding and is becoming worse, exit the tub immediately and take a cool shower to wash off the oils.

Before you try your next soaking bath, add one of these ingredients to the water:

IngredientBenefitAmount to add
Epson SaltsHelps to detox the body, soothe sore muscles and restore the glow to your skin

Mix ½ cup Epsom salt and ½ cup baking soda
Essential Oils- Eucalyptus helps the body to sweat and detox
- Mint relieves stress, invigorates the skin, and is antifungal and antibacterial.
- Lavender decreases inflammation and stress
- Chamomile has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin
Mix the desired amount of essential oil into 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil. Drop the carrier oil into the tub of water and stir to dissolve.
Carrier OilsEssential to dilute essential oils and disperse them throughout the tub of water. Never use essential oils without carrier oils, as essential oils can irritate your skin. Use jojoba, coconut, sweet almond, or hemp seed oil.Mix 12 drops of essential oil into 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil. Drop the carrier oil into the tub of water.
OatmealAnti-inflammatory properties provide relief from itchinessMix 2 cups of ground oatmeal into the tub of warm water
Apple Cider VinegarNatural antifungal and antibacterial soothe and soften skinAdd ½ to 1 cup to your warm tub of water
ClayStimulates the body's lymphatic system

Add 1 cup of clay to 2 cups of hot water and dissolve in your tub of water
Sea SaltSoothes irritated skin and boosts energy levelsAdd 1/3 cup to your warm tub of water

My Favorite Baking Soda Soaking Recipe to Detox & Relax

I love this recipe because while I use these ingredients to detox my body, I use the opportunity to have some “me” time. I light a few candles, switch on my favorite music, and settle in for 20 minutes of undisturbed, soaking bliss. 

 Ingredients:

  •  1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sea Salt
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Carrier Oil – I use coconut
  • 6 drops of Essential Oil – Lavender is my favorite!

 Directions:

  1.    Fill up the bathtub with warm water.
  2.   Mix together the carrier oils and essential oils in a small bowl.
  3.   Add the apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and sea salt to the mix in the bowl.
  4.   Add a few spoons of water to make a runny paste.
  5.   Once the tub is full, pour the paste into the water.
  6.   Mix the water in the tub with your hand to dissolve the paste.
  7.   Step into the tub and relax for at least 20 minutes! 

So, Will a Baking Soda Bath Help Your Health?

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Adding baking soda to your bathtub water will create that extra zing and indulgence to your tub time without costing you a fortune.

A baking soda bath is perfect for soothing skin conditions or providing a pick-me-up for tired skin and your whole body and soul.

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Shana

Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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