Health Benefits

The Therapeutic Benefits of Borax Bath Soaks

on Apr 14, 2023| Modified on Jul 10, 2024
Borax Bath

The use of borax in baths may not be as widely known as other bath additives, but this natural mineral compound offers a range of health benefits worth exploring. Earth Clinic readers often turn to borax bath soaks after discovering that consuming a borax solution leads to side effects.

This article will explore the therapeutic advantages of incorporating borax into your bathing routine and provide recipes for detoxifying borax baths.

Borax Bath Benefits


Borax baths can help flush out toxins from the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. This may result in improved immune system function and overall health.

Muscle and Joint Relief 

Soaking in a borax bath can alleviate muscle soreness and joint pain. It may also help reduce inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Improved Skin Health 

Borax possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties, effectively treating various skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It can also help soothe irritated skin and promote faster healing of minor cuts and abrasions.


Borax baths can promote relaxation and stress relief. The warm water, combined with the soothing properties of borax, can help calm the mind and body, making it an excellent choice for a peaceful, stress-reducing soak.

Borax Bath Recipes to Try

To reap the benefits of borax baths, you can try one of these simple recipes that you can easily make at home:

Basic Borax Bath

  • 1/4 cup borax
  • Warm water

Fill your bathtub with warm water and dissolve the borax. Soak for 20-30 minutes to enjoy the therapeutic benefits.

Borax and Epsom Salt Bath

  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • Warm water

Combine the borax and Epsom salt in the bathtub, filling it with warm water. This combination can provide additional muscle relaxation and detoxification benefits.

Borax and Essential Oil Bath

  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (e.g., lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile)
  • Warm water

Dissolve the borax in warm water and add your preferred essential oil for an enhanced sensory experience. This recipe can promote relaxation and stress relief while benefiting from the therapeutic properties of the essential oil.


Incorporating borax into your bathing routine can offer numerous health benefits, including detoxification, muscle and joint relief, improved skin health, and relaxation. The simple recipes above can help you experience the therapeutic power of borax baths, making them a valuable addition to your self-care routine.

Continue reading below to learn how Earth Clinic readers used borax baths to detox and soothe and please let us know if this natural remedy helped you!

Related Links:

Borax Side Effects & Safety Guide
Borax: Unlocking the Health Benefits of a Natural Compound
How Borax Can Help Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms Naturally

12 User Reviews

Posted by siti (Malaysia) on 10/16/2023

I love Borax baths....I use Borax baths to treat Chicken pox, HFMD, Measles and Eczema and Covid vaccine injuries....its a must have for me.

Replied by Elizabeth
(Raleigh NC 27612)

I have fibromyalgia. Borax baths help me to sleep. Love them.

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Posted by Nicole (Philadelphia, PA) on 02/01/2023

I tried to ingest borax for 3 days by using the right amount for a woman, and I had terrible side effects. I started to have nausea, memory problems, cognitive issues, headaches, cramping, etc. I do a lot better doing detox baths. I do a lot better using Borax EXTERNALLY! I use 1 Cup Borax, 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup bentonite clay, tea tree oil, pine needle oil, dandelion root. use hot water, and it works a lot better for me. Internally, I drink pine needle tea, multivitamins and activated charcoal. Ingesting Borax is not for me. To each their own.

Replied by Claire
(Santa Barbara, California)

Will 1 cup of borax in a bath cause detox reaction (herxheimer)?

It's been recommended to me to take a bath every other day with:
2 Cups Magnesium Chloride mineral salts
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Borax

I gather that borax can cause a detox reaction. I don't mind a detox reaction, but I have a visitor coming to visit for a couple of weeks and would like to not be having any reaction while they are here. Has anyone had such a detox reaction with that amount of borax in a bath, or should I take 1/2 or less the amount of borax in the recipe to be safe? Or maybe I should just not use the borax in the baths until my visitors are gone?

Replied by Oopsie
(Calgary, Canada)

Borax in a foot soak

I've been exhausted and my feet are killing me. Had a foot soak. Used 1 cup Epsom salts (no fragrance) 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup of borax. My feet are now powdered white. 😳 I believe I used way too much borax. Is this bad? Should I be concerned? 🤦🏻‍♀️ Please go easy on me.


Hi Oopsie, this is months after the fact and you may never see this… but I'm betting the white powder on your skin is just salts still lingering. Like using too much soap.. you have “salt scum”. I would suggest rinsing your feet with water and cutting back on your recipe next time.

The white powder most likely wouldn't hurt anything but it'll likely get itchy and/or irritated.


Replied by Lori

You should only start off with a pinch of borax in your distilled or spring water. Do a pinch for a week and slowly increase each week till you reach the recommended amount for a woman. I've never had a problem with it. I know many people who take it in their water and in their bath.. I hope this helps you and you try it again 🤗

Replied by dhsrsko
(Decatur, IL)

Will borax baths help dry up shingles?


I don't know about borax, but my dad had shingles for 4 years on/off...very painful. He now uses castor oil (organic) in the amber bottle and he is 75% better. Try it!

Borax Baths
Posted by Pan (El Paso) on 04/09/2021

Regarding how much borax to put in a bath:

One cup of borox should do nicely. It does clean very well and soaking your hair in it will leave it soft. I would highly recommend showering afterwards. It will leave you feeling rejuvenated and full of energy. Ahhh like brand new. I soak 10 to 15 minutes. Thank God for boron. God bless you.

Replied by Bebehealth

I just did a borax bath today. My mom use to give us borax baths at least once a week. If I was getting a UTI, she would have me bath more.

Replied by Monic

If UTI is a big health problem. Make research on D-Mannose

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Posted by Jacquelyn (Ny) on 10/13/2016

Borax can take glyphosate and radiation out of the body when soaking in it. I would not do anything less than 1/4 cup. You can do a half to a cup mixing it with epsom salt, baking soda or regular salts that will help draw it in through the skin. When drinking it, begin with 1/8 tsp in a qt. or liter of water. Some use distilled, I dont. Just dont use city water. You can increase to 1/4 tsp.

EC: Ted's recommended dosage for borax is 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water for women and 1/4 teaspoon borax in a liter of water for men once daily 5 days a week.

Borax Baths
Posted by Timh (Ky, Usa) on 10/12/2013 2063 posts

I have been using 1/4 cup Borax in hot baths for many months now, in addition to many other major & trace minerals w/ only temporary results. Last time I took 750mg Lufenuron prior to bath and did seem to have better results for my fungal issue. Also, as for combination therapy, I have taken Berberine following the bath which seemed to improve the situation.

Replied by Dr Howard


Magnesium chloride flakes Dead Sea Kills fungus. Skin amazing softness clears skin. Iodine kills fungus skin diseases. One full eye dropper in bath. Water should be warm not hot.
12 Cell Salts 2 full caps.

Borax Baths
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 10/11/2013

My husband did some borax baths and he used 1 cup per bath. I will say he had no ill effects. He didn't do this long term.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Vital Salts (San Diego Ca) on 09/11/2013

For those having issues ingesting Borax I would suggest bathing. I had major healing bathing using various mineral salts in a hot bath for an hour a day for six weeks. I had been diagnosed with lyme and associated co infections including candida and cleared most if not all symptoms using bath salts, citrus (vit. C) and hydrogen peroxide in combination topically. I used Borax, Epsom, sea salts and dead sea salts together. I would also add half a bottle of Hydrogen peroxide and scrub my skin with citrus. I used about 4 cups total salt per bath. Soaking the neck and thyroid seems important and I cleared lumps around my thyroid and all sorts of skin anomalies. Whenever I feel sick again from environmental toxins and parasites I just take a few baths a week and it clears my system. I was sick for 8 years and tried western and non-traditional treatments and nothing worked like this bath formula. I never ate borax but did increase ingesting mineral salts, Vitamin C and MSM. I also like to put Borax in my work boots. I noticed a detox from this.

Replied by Yasha
(Imnaha, Or)

Simple question: How much borax to put in bath? Don't want all that other info. Just HOW MUCH BORAX IN A BATH????? Cannot find a simple answer to a simple question in all of this website! Not really very helpful.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Yasha from Imnaha,

You ask how much borax for the bath:

One tablespoon.

If drinking, use 1/20th of a teaspoon in a gallon of water and drink throughout two days.

Yasha there is not an exact science on this. But if you read the material about oral consumption you'll see that VERY little is required. By extension I use proportionally the same for a bath. The absorption will be less than orally consumed but spread throughout the body allows for a diverse transfer to different regions. Less but better applied. Same idea for Epsom Salts baths. I can orally take a magnesium supplement (and I do) but also there is a broader or wider absorption with Salts baths. A very ancient remedy to many maladies.

Best to you,


Replied by Baldev
(Maharashtra, India)
185 posts

Hi Yasha,

On this site Ted has recommended 1/4 tea spoon for men and 1/8 tea spoon of borax for women with 1/4 tea spoon of sea salt in one liter of water to be consumed through the day for internal use. Therefore, for bath one cup of borax should be ideal to get some benifit of borax for any health problem you are looking forward, may be don't soak for too long but I feel the concentration should be adequate to get the benefit.

Good Luck


Replied by Anon

Be nice please.

Replied by Cazzy

Is a boron foot bath recommended for arthritis joint pain? If so, would a boron supplement capsule dissolved in water work? And how long to soak recommended?

Replied by David
(Chadron, Nebraska)

Indeed. Yasha is about 78 years old now if she's still drawing breath, and is/was living in one of the most sparsely-populated, isolated areas of these United States of America in far northeastern Oregon (I used to live in the same county a few years back). A different breed of people live there, the very few who do, and the modern world has a tendency to confound them. Am not meaning this harshly or being mean. It's simply the way things are there. Good people, but their minds are generally made up and they can confuse when given facts. Go there, you'll see. Gorgeous country, Hell's Canyon area.

On another note, all of the vast amount of ideas, experiences, and knowledge here are quite likely helping to extend my life at present, having fought a couple of cancers all naturally for pushing 6 years here now (bladder and prostate). The borax has been incredibly effective in keeping my system on the slightly alkaline side, a critical part of my chosen therapies. It's kept the cancers from being able to grow.

Important, and respectfully- a little borax goes a long way. In my estimation- 1/8th teaspoon of borax in a quart/liter of water per day may well be too much for many if not most people. One quarter of this amount is likely fine, 1/32nd teaspoon (that is- one measured "smidgeon") dissolved well into a quart or liter of clean water per day is a strong alkalizing solution, still requiring a couple of days off each week.

And thank you one and all for spending the time to share and thus help many others. Had I gone the conventional medicine ways there would have been no way that I could have spent the last half a decade living life to the fullest. Thank you EarthClinic.

Replied by Ron
(somewhere on Terra)

From what I've read about a cup of borax should do the trick in a bath.

Replied by Nichole
(Julieatte Idaho)

Someone mentioned imnaha oregon on this thread. This is where I am from.

Replied by Rose

I have read that it is most common when starting Boron treatment for a person to have flu-like symptoms brought on by detoxing. It is called a Herxheimer Reaction and is a temporary state caused by the body starting detoxification. We are told to stop a day or two and it will stop and then we proceed with the treatment. It may be that you started out with too strong of a solution and need to increase it more slowly.

Replied by Humphrey

You can buy mobile bathtubs. Price varies from about 50 euro to 200 Euro.