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DIY Foot Scrub: 7 Easy Recipes

DIY Foot Scrub: 7 Easy Recipes

By: Natalie Tull

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There are several reasons making your own foot scrub at home is better than using a store bought one.  For one, it’s cheaper to make your own because many of the ingredients are already in your home.  Homemade foot scrubs often include honey, olive oil, sugar, sea salt, oatmeal, milk and other kitchen staples.  Another reason to make your own foot scrub is that you know exactly what is in the scrub.  There are no ingredients you cannot pronounce or extra chemicals that can cause skin irritations.   You can also stop wasting time and money looking for the right foot scrub by using items that are best for your needs. For example, honey will help add moisture to cracked heels and tea tree oil can be used to combat athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus.

Making a homemade foot scrub is easy!  And, choosing the right ingredients and recipe can be easy too!

Popular Foot Scrub Ingredients and Their Uses

So, for starters, you should know what benefits certain ingredients provide so that you can know which ones will work best for you:

Peppermint: Peppermint contains menthol, which has a soothing, cooling effect when applied to the skin.  It can help increase blood flow and helps nourish dull skin and improves the texture of oily skin.

Lemon:  Lemon is a natural exfoliant because of the citric acid is a gentle skin peel that removes the dead top layer of skin.  The vitamin C in a lemon stimulates cell renewal and brightens the skin.

Honey: Honey is a humectant, meaning it traps and seals in moisture.  Honey is also antibacterial, which can help reduce foot odor and bacterial infections.

Olive Oil: Olive oil contains Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier.  This can keep your skin hydrated and plumper looking.

Tea Tree Oil:  Tea tree oil is anti fungal and antibacterial so it helps fight athletes foot, toe nail fungus and ringworm.  It is also good for softening corns before using a scraper to remove them.

Rosemary: Rosemary is often used to relieve soreness and arthritis pain and helps with circulation.  It is also an antiseptic and is antibacterial.  It can remove dryness and reduce itching associated with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.

Lavender: Lavender is used to help Eczema because it relieves itching and adds moisture to skin. It is also a detoxifier and can help inhibit the growth of bacteria on your skin. In addition, lavender is good for soothing tired muscles, especially in the feet and head.  (And the scent is relaxing and calming.)

Sugar, sea salt and oatmeal are often used to make the “scrub” of these recipes.  foot scrubphoto credit: scrub



Foot Scrub Recipes

For all of these recipes, apply scrub to feet and rub in a circular motion.  Rinse feet and pat dry, then apply moisturizer.  You can also interchange oils and exchange sugar for salt (and vice versa) if your heart desires.  Get creative!!

(For larger recipes, store left overs in a mason jar or plastic container.)

Honey and Sugar Scrub  

  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

Mix ingredients well.  This is an easy, basic scrub that is great on your face as well.

Tea Tree and Mint Scrub  


Place sea salt into bowl and add olive oil, tea tree and peppermint oil.  Mix well.

Soothing Lavender Foot Scrub


  • 1 cup fine sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup oil (grapeseed, sweet almond or olive)
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender buds
  1. Measure salt and lavender buds into a bowl.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of oil and stir until it is evenly distributed.  If mix seems to dry, add another tablespoon of oil.
  3. Add essential lavender oil and stir well.

Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub

Created by:

  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 half pint mason jar*
  • Baker’s twine*
  • Label (with sticker back)*
  • Fine point black marker*
    (*This recipe was created to fill a mason jar either for home use or as a gift.)
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine your brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk them together until they are completely combined.
  2. Add in your olive oil and vanilla extract and mash together with a fork until all of the oil is combined into the sugar mixture.
  3. If you would like to package it, pack the mixture down into a mason jar.  You can use the baker’s twine to tie a bow around the mouth of the jar and the labels for personalization.

Rosemary and Peppermint Foot Scrub


Toss ingredients into a cup and stir together.  If mix is too dry, add more olive oil.  If it is too wet, add more salt.

Lemon Sugar Scrub


  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (can also use coconut oil or almond oil)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  1. Slowly mix sugar and oil in bowl until you get a moist, but not runny consistency.
  2. Drizzle lemon juice over mixture.
  3. Add orange zest.

Coffee Foot Scrub


  • 4 tbsp of ground coffee
  • 3 tbsp of corn meal (or ground oatmeal)
  • 3 tbsp sea salt or Epsom salt
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil or almond oil
  • 2 drop of your favorite essential oil

Mix ingredients well.


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Do you have a favorite homemade foot scrub recipe?  Share it in the comments!


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