Things You Can Find at Home to Put in the Tub to Help You Relax

Add Epsom salt to your bath water for a more relaxing bath.
Add Epsom salt to your bath water for a more relaxing bath. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Few things feel as relaxing as a soak in a hot bathtub after a long, hard day. You can find several items at home that will help you relax in your tub. You can check your cabinets for the ingredients while your bathtub is filling.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is made from magnesium sulfate. Add it to your bathtub, then the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin. This helps release toxins from the body, calms the nervous system, reduces swelling and relaxes muscles. It also softens the skin and acts as a natural exfoliate.

To use Epsom salt in your bath, just add 2 cups while the water is running. Wait for the salts to dissolve into the water before getting in the tub, unless you need to use it as an exfoliate. To exfoliate dead skin, wait until the water is nearly to the top, then add the salt. Immediately get into the tub without waiting for the salts to dissolve. Rub the salts directly on the areas that need treatment.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, can be added to your bathtub to help promote relaxation and soothe skin irritation from bug bites, rashes and burns. Baking soda helps neutralize the acids in the body when it is absorbed through the skin so it can also help ease aches and pains. To use baking soda in your bath, add 1/2 cup to running water and wait for it to dissolve into the water before getting into the tub.


Milk can be added to your bathtub to enhance relaxation because it has lactic and alpha hydroxy acid. These ingredients help naturally exfoliate and soften the skin. To make a homemade milk bath, add 1 quart of whole milk to your bathtub. Use your hand to mix the water and milk together before getting in the tub.


Oatmeal can be added to your bath to soften and moisturize your skin and relieve itching. However, it can be difficult to get oatmeal to fully dissolve into your bath water and there is nothing relaxing about being covered in slime. To add oatmeal to your bath without the slimy water, you can put it in a tea infuser. Fill the infuser with colloidal oatmeal and drop it in a bathtub filled with hot water.

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