How to Use Bath Salts

by Marie Mulrooney ; Updated July 18, 2017

Add bath salts to your pampering routine.

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Bath salts turn a necessary activity into an exercise in self-indulgence. Whether you’ve purchased expensive store-bought bath salts or created your own, using the bath salts properly will help you stretch your investment. While how much salt you use will depend on your own personal preference and how intensely scented the salts are, you should always err on the side of using less to prevent waste. You can always add more later.

Fill a drawstring cheesecloth bag with anywhere from several tablespoons to two cups of bath salts. If you don’t have such a bag handy, you can make your own by pouring the salts into the middle of a 6-inch or larger square of cheesecloth (the cloth size depends on how much salt you’re using), then drawing the corners of the cloth up and tying a piece of string around them to seal the salts in.

Fill the bathtub full of water. What temperature water you use and how much water, is of course up to your personal preference.

Drop the bag of bath salts into the bath water and swirl it around to help dissolve and distribute the salts.

Rinse the bag out with fresh water once the bath is over, then drape it over the faucet or shower rod to dry.


  • If you don’t have cheesecloth handy to make a makeshift salt bag, use any porous or loosely woven cotton material you have on hand. In a pinch, wrap the salt in a clean rag, bundle the rag shut as you would with the cheesecloth, then poke a few small holes in the rag with an awl or skewer -- small enough to let the water in, but not so large that the salt will come out.

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