What I’m going to share is so simple and obvious that I almost hesitate to share. But, I’m going to press forward and share because whenever I tell any of my bath-loving friends they always reply “Oh my gosh! Why have I never thought to do that?!” I’m going to go ahead and be your friend today.
I like the fancy Dr. Teals epsom bath salts. Like, I really really like them. I’m using orange now, but I like all of the scents they have. Here’s the problem. When I take a bath, I like to put A LOT of epsom salts in the tub. I want so much salt in there that I may start to float as if I were soaking in the Dead Sea. I feel strongly about this preference. I need that much salt to soothe my aching muscles, and you can not convince me otherwise.
Even when I use a bath bomb, and I have one that I really love from a local boutique shop around here, I add plain epsom salt to the water too … because I need all.the.soaking.salt.
When I fill my baths with epsom salts, I like to use my 24 oz. scoop *more than once*. The fancy Dr. Teal’s stuff can get expensive, which fills bath-time with guilt instead of relaxation.
So, I figured out a way to get that Dr. Teals smell I love at a fraction of the cost: I buy plain epsom salt in generic bulk form from anywhere I see a good price. I mix about half a bag of Dr. Teals (about 1.5 lbs) with about 14 lbs. of plain epsom salt.
I’m basically diluting down the fancy epsom salt into plain epsom salt. And yes, such a simple basic idea. Here’s the shocking part: the new diluted mix smells practically as strong and works just as well. Yep!!!!!
What you need to MULTIPLY your fancy epsom salts:
- An extra-large container, like this big glass one
- ~14 lbs. plain epsom salts
- ~1.5 lbs. scented epsom salts
- A big metal 24 oz. scoop
~exact amounts don’t really matter
Mix together in little bits at a time. I mixed this canister in 4 parts. Half of each plain bag with some of the fancy stuff. Mix and break apart clumps, then repeat.
I keep my giant canister of salt next to my bath and I think it kind of doubles as a decoration. Either way, I need it close, because I take my baths and my need to soak in epsom salts very seriously.
That’s it, that the idea. I can’t be the only one that does this, so please tell me if you already do this!
From my home to yours,
Mary Andree says
I do this too, except I’m not as fancy with my glass cannister. I had half a bag or so of the regular Epsom salt so I just mixed some of the lavender in. When it is empty, I pour some of the regular Epsom salt from a new bag and more of the lavender. My husband thinks I’m loony because there are multiple bags in the cabinet, but hey it’s my side of the sink and I have a system!!
Love it! I barely have any space under the cabinets here, so I have to utilize my little window ledge. I love that you do the same thing, though, it really works – right?!