Common Household Items to Use in a Bath for Skin Care

by Lori A. Selke ; Updated July 18, 2017

Add oatmeal to your bath for a soothing, skin-friendly experience.

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Commercial bath add-ins smell nice and feel lovely on your skin, but they can be pricey and contain chemical additives. When you want to save money and be assured of exactly what you're adding to your bath water, turn to common and simple household items to do the job.

Oatmeal for the Itch

Add oatmeal to bathwater to treat dry, itchy, irritated skin. Use a kitchen blender to grind any kind of unflavored oatmeal into a powder. Pour the powder into a sock or length of pantyhose and hold it under the faucet as you fill the tub. The oatmeal can leave a slippery residue, so take care when stepping out of the bath and be sure to scrub the tub afterward.

Oranges for Softness

Use fresh oranges to perfume your bathwater with their sharp citrus scent. The acidic properties of the juice help to clean oily skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, exposing soft, new skin underneath. Simply slice up an orange into thin rounds and add them to hot bathwater.

Milk for the Glow

In ancient times, milk baths were a luxury reserved for the likes of Cleopatra. The lactic acid in milk acts as a skin softener and exfoliant. Add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, if the smell of warm milk isn't all that desirable. Your reward will be supple and glowing skin all over your body.

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Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate,, The SF Weekly, and