DIY Make A Detox Foot Bath

How To Make A Detox Foot Bath

A detoxing foot bath is believed to draw toxins out of the body through the feet. There are a number of commercial units you can buy for varying ranges of money. However, it is easy for the average person to make a detox foot bath at home. And very cheaply too. 

Make A Detox Foot Bath DIY Instructions


Make A Detox Foot Bath


Below are the complete instructions on how to make a detox foot bath, as compiled by Nenah Silva. But first …

If You’d Rather Buy A Foot Detox Bath…

If the steps to make your own Detox Foot Spa Bath sound a little too intimidating, you can always buy a foot bath. When you would rather purchase complete setup all ready to go, this ionic Foot Spa pictured below is a great option. Click here for full details.


How To Make a Detox Foot Bath for $10

WHY THIS WORKS: You know the detoxing foot bath apparatuses that have been making the rounds? They are marketed in all shapes with various bells and whistles, but their construction is essentially the same, and simple.

They consist of a chamber that holds salted water and is large enough to place two feet, and a pair of electrodes, one positively charged and the other negatively charged.

There are many claims that these pull toxins out through the feet. Aficionados report feeling better and swear by these gadgets, while detractors point out that often the color of the water changes after the electrodes are turned on without there even being feet in the bucket!

It’s true that many of these machines are poorly made … the electrodes become rusty, which then turns the water colors of course. And they are grossly overpriced, with lots of marketing hype to justify the excessive cost.

But the basic premise is sound. Most holistic practitioners agree that pulling out toxins from the body with an electrically charged device is a smart, and non-invasive, thing to do.

The trick, however, to an effective detoxing footbath is to have two separate tubs for your feet, with one electrode in each tub.

Most holistic authorities agree that toxins have a positive charge, and that positively-charged toxins are attracted to a negatively-charged electrode. In this footbath setup, users find that if the water does turn colors, generally the negatively-charged side becomes much more discolored than the positively-charged side.

What You Will Need

You can make a detox foot bath for about $10 – BARGAIN! Using simple parts bought from a basic electronics store (like Radio Shack) and/or hardware store:

  • Two shallow plastic buckets or bins large enough to hold a single foot. Make sure they are plastic so you don’t electrocute yourself
  • Filtered or distilled water
  • Himalayan, Celtic or sea salt
  • Two stainless steel spoons
  • 9-volt battery
  • Two alligator clips of different colors. One wire will be connected to the positive side of the battery for the left foot, and the other wire will be connected to the negative side of the battery for the right foot. In the United States, it’s customary to use black and red, but any two colors can be used. The color of the wire doesn’t matter as long as you dedicate one alligator clip wire to the positive side of the battery (and left foot) and the other alligator clip wire to the negative side of the battery (and right foot).

Directions To Make A Detox Foot Bath

Water: Put about 3 inches of filtered or distilled water into each bucket.

Salt: Mineral salts enable water to conduct electricity more easily. If you use distilled water, add a half a teaspoon or a teaspoon of Himalayan, Celtic Salt, Dead Sea, or plain salt from the health food store into each side and stir. If you are very sensitive, you’ll need just a pinch of salt.

If the water already contains a fair amount of minerals, you won’t need to add salt. (At first, you may feel areas of your feet – especially the top or instep – sting and itch a bit, but this is normal. If you are too uncomfortable, reduce the amount of salt in the water as well as time in the footbath, and build up to longer time periods.)

Wiring the Spoons:

Attach the RED alligator clip to the bowl of the LEFT-hand spoon and attach the BLACK clip to the bowl of the RIGHT-hand spoon. Then place the spoons in the plastic bins. (We are assuming that the wires are red and black, but you can use any color wires as long as the POSITIVE terminal is for the LEFT foot and the NEGATIVE terminal is for the RIGHT foot.)

You may bend the spoons so the bowl of the spoon protrudes out of the water more, allowing the stem of the spoon to lie flatter on the bottom of the plastic bin.

Wiring the 9-volt Battery:

Detox Foot Bath Battery Setup

  • Attach the other end of the RED clip to positive (+) terminal.
  • Attach the other end of the BLACK clip to negative (-) terminal.

Your Detox Footbath is Now Charging And Ready To Use

How To Use The Detox Footbath:

The Detox Foot Bath

Place one bare foot into each tub.

  • The RIGHT foot goes in the BLACK (negative) side.
  • The LEFT foot goes in the RED (positive) side.

Some people whose bodies are very toxified should only do 1-5 minutes at first, gradually increasing time to 30 or even 60 minutes. Do the detox foot bath at least once every day.

The water in the left side may change color slightly as toxins are released from the body through the foot.

Warning: Never use a household electrical source as it poses serious and deadly threat from electrocution!

Only use a 9 volt battery which has a very small electrical charge. Do not use without professional advice if you have heart problems or use a pacemaker etc.

Now you can make a detox foot bath so easily – will you make one?

Add Some Other Detox Ideas to Your Day

There are many ways to support your body when detoxing, and below I have chosen a few choice products to show you. All of which are a great addition for a healthy journey …

I adore the Himalayan Salt & Aromatherapy lamp, as you get the best of both worlds. The heavenly aroma from your favorite, relaxing essential oil – plus the negative ion generating Salt Lamp!

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