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7 Super Uses of Epsom Salt for your Home and Garden

You may have already heard of Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate being used for everything from treating bruises and wounds to improving your skin health, and that’s not just it. Keep reading to discover 7 practical uses of Epsom salt for your home and garden.

7 Super Uses of Epsom Salt for your Home and Garden


7 Super Uses of Epsom Salt for your Home and Garden

To Tackle Stress

This one might surprise you, but that’s true- Epsom salt, when added to your bath water, can work wonders in helping lower your stress levels and can get you in the relaxed mode almost instantly. Soaking in a bath with Epsom salt can reduce your muscle soreness too! I often soak my feet in warm water with Epsom salt and I can’t tell how tired feet love it!

As a Natural Cleaner

If you’re into green cleaning, Epsom salt could be the perfect thing for you. You can use it to clean everything from bathroom tiles to your washing machine, and yes, it does a pretty good job too. Team it up with your regular detergent or soap cleaner to take things up a notch.

For Beautiful Skin

This salt, when used on the skin, can help remove blackheads, gently cleanse your face and make your skin soft and supple. Its grains tend to exfoliate the skin, which help remove the layer of dead skin cells from the surface and make your skin look visibly brighter and fresher.

As an Insecticide

For your garden in particular, Epsom salt can turn out to be an excellent natural insecticide. All you need to do is sprinkle some of the salt in the areas that you want to prevent insects from attacking in your garden, and you’re sorted. Not only is this an eco friendly way to protect your plants from insects, but is also better than the regular chemical insecticides that do more harm than good.

As a Fertilizer

You may not believe it, but Epsom salt can actually be a wonderful fertilizer for your plants too. This salt is rich in magnesium and sulphur – both of which are essential for plant growth, and if you mix it with plant food, you’ll definitely notice an improvement in the growth of the plants in your garden. Plus, it has also been found that this salt can dramatically improve the nutrient absorption by plant roots.

To Control Weeds

Keeping the weeds in your garden under control can be a bit of a task, but let Epsom salt take over and you’ll be pretty much sorted. Not only does it act as a very effective weedicide, but also does the job quickly, and saves you both time and money. All you need to do is mix vinegar and Epsom salt in a spray can and spray the solution over the areas where you want to prevent weed growth.

For Greener Grass

If the leaves of your plants appear yellow, there’s nothing better than a little TLC with Epsom salt for them to make things green and fresh again. Yellowing is a sign of magnesium deficiency, and if that’s the case, Epsom salts can give your plants enough magnesium, which can help the grass and leaves become green once again.


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  1. Ramya Abhinand Ramya Abhinand August 1, 2018

    Seriously As NAtasha said, I thought it was a bath salt used for cleansing the skin. Never knew I could use it in the garden to control weeds.

  2. Natasha Natasha August 1, 2018

    Wow so many benefits from a simple Epsom salt. And I only thought they were good as bath salts.
    Thank you Corinne for this treasure trove of information.

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