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The Best DIY Foot Scrub to Remove Dead Skin

  • 3 min read
written by Lauren Curl-Ferrell

Cracked, dead skin is not the look. Am I right? It's hard to get to the foot spa, especially in these times. So, I thought that I'd help bring the foot spa to you! I've never, personally, been a big pedicure fan to begin with. I'm fairly ticklish so getting a pedicure is like a horror movie for me. I looked into purchasing a foot scrub but they were all expensive and some of the reviews weren't really that awesome and the bottom line was, why spend money on something that doesn't even work? I toyed around with a few different DIY scrub ideas before I created the best scrub that made my feet feel baby smooth. I've also added this into my weekly self care routine so it not only makes my feet feel the softest they've ever been, but by making it and doing it myself, I'm hitting that self care energy that I so desperately need.

If you also have dry, cracked, skin, then this DIY recipe is for you! 

I'll include the recipe, the how to use, and some of my favorite lotions in this article so that you can put your best foot (bah dum tis) forward too. 

This scrub will exfoliate your skin. It will remove all the dead skin you have from your feet. As we get older, our body has a harder time doing that, so sometimes you need to give it a nudge. Exfoliating is great for soft skin, it reduces wrinkles, and it's great for preventing skin imperfections. After a good exfoliation, healthy skin has an opportunity to shine. I exfoliate my feet once to twice a week because they need it. I'm constantly on the go, and my feet definitely need the love after me abusing them. The more oily your skin is, the more exfoliation it needs. You can use plenty of DIY ingredients to put in your scrub like sugar, oatmeal, coffee grounds, etc. But for my recipe, I went with pink Himalayan salt. It's more coarse and it gets the job done for my feet. 

Salt is great for scrubs because it contains several natural ingredients (potassium, magnesium, and calcium) that help to draw out toxins, soften the skin, and help with hydration. 

For this scrub recipe you'll need:

  • 1 cup of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Castille soap

Put all the ingredients into a small bowl, mix around, and store in an airtight container. 

Here's how I use it:

  1. Grab a bucket or container large enough for you to put water in it so that your feet are covered. The container I use is actually one of those plastic shoe storage containers!
  2. Fill up the container with warm to hot water, add a tablespoon of your scrub and allow your feet to soak for a minimum of 10 mins. 
  3. Pull out your feet, and put a tablespoon of your scrub into your hands. Rub the scrub onto the feet for a few minutes. Really focus on the areas that need it the most. For me, it's my heels and my cuticle area.
  4. Let the mixture sit on your feet for a few extra minutes and then put them back into the water.
  5. Rinse your feet and then let them dry. 
  6. Follow up with a hydrating lotion. My favorite is a non-scented lotion from Vanicream. There are also plenty of DIY versions of lotions you can create, but I personally, prefer this one.  


It's inexpensive, and it's great for in between those pedicures or if you're like me, in place of.