DIY foot soak recipe

My foot care routine, due to plantar fasciitis, involves daily foot soaks. I have tried various recipes with different ingredients, but this one seems to help me most. Also, I visit a chiropractor to help ensure my spine is aligned.

There are many recipes for foot soaks online, but I have ADHD, so I am not one for exact measurements or recipes.  What works for me may not work for you.


  • ½ cup epsom salt
  • ¼ vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of used coffee grounds
  • finely crushed egg shells
  • ½ cup blood orange juice
  • enough warm water in a plastic container to cover your feet


The magnesium from the epsom salt is supposed to be absorbed into your body while you soak.  As stated above, depleted magnesium contributes to aches and pains, so replacing it is helpful.

Vinegar kills fungus and bacteria.  It is optional.  If you prefer something less acidic smelling, you can use garlic, ginger, tea tee oil, neem oil, or some other oil with anti-fungal properties.

The caffeine in the coffee stimulates blood flow, but do not use this ingredient if you are allergic or sensitive to coffee or caffeine.  I like to use this, because it is a nice way to recycle used coffee grounds.

Egg shells have calcium.  The powder can also be used to make coffee taste less bitter, remineralize your teeth, dietary supplement, soil fertilizer, and facial scrub.

Blood oranges contain the same super antioxidant as blueberries.  They are also packed with vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production.  I accidentally purchased blood oranges from the Sunkist naval orange bin at the local grocery store.  Being too tart for my taste, I decided to add it to my foot soak.  Orange juice and other juices with citric acid help soften calluses when used in soaks.

I soak twice a day on most days for approximately 20-30 minutes (or when the water gets cold).  This frequency is not recommended for everyone as some may find the epsom salt and/or vinegar to be too strong to tolerate.

Please note that this is not medical advice, and I am not a doctor or in the medical field in any way.  These articles are based on research conducted online, communication with medical professionals, and trial and error.