Handmade Salt Pouches For The Shower Or Bath

by Destri on April 24, 2010

Diy Salt Pouches For The Shower Or bath

I love salt scrubs, especially this time of year when I want to slough off the dead skin from winter, and I equally love bath salts for the skin softening ingredients in them – but more often than not I find myself in the shower.  These pouches are perfect for combining both bath salt and salt scrub into an exfoliating pouch I can bring into the shower, and they are simple to make.

You can go a few different routes when making these so play around with your recipes and find your favorite.  I made these for my mom for Mother’s Day so I added a few things for specific reasons.  I will list them to give you an idea of how you can customize these to suit your needs.  In my moms pouches I included:

Salt Pouch Supplies

  • 1 cup sea salt – Coarse because it holds up better in the water for exfoliating
  • 1 cup Epsom salt – Anti-inflammatory, skin softener among other things
  • 1 cup powdered milk – Skin conditioner, gentle exfoliate
  • 1 cup baking soda – My mom has hard water, this will soften it
  • 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil – She is up before dawn and needs a pick-me-up

A few different ideas for a mix:

  • Oatmeal, lavender buds, and powdered milk with a little of your favorite essential oil
  • Just sea salt and grapefruit or petitgrain essential oil for an invigorating scrub
  • Salts, herbs, and essential oil

Diy Salt Pouches

Wash Cloths

Start with 6 cheap washcloths.  I picked mine up at the dollar store.  The cheaper the better, you want them a little rough!

Folded in half, cut them into thirds.  Mine were 3½ inches each.

Still folded, sew along each side leaving the end open.

Fill each pouch half full with desired mix.

I just placed the pouches in a dish as I went along so they were upright.

With a needle and thread make a loose stitch across the top then pull to gather and secure with a knot.  Or get some of those little clear elastics and tie around the top (this would make them great for re-use)

If you are only using sea salt and essential oil you might be able to sew the top with a sewing machine, just make sure no fine dust is getting into your machine.  You are done!!


Now put them in a pretty airtight jar (a mason jar works great) until you are ready to use them!

You can use alone but there are a few different ways, for example:

  • Form a little well in the pouch with your thumb and pour in a tablespoon of grapeseed oil or even olive oil for a more softening effect (tried that this morning…it was fabulous)
  • Put a little of your body wash on it for a cleansing scrub
  • Toss in the tub while it is filling for a salt bath

They make great gifts, just throw them in a pretty jar with a few instructions and you’re set!

For another great gift try some Diy Bath Tea, you can make different recipes with it too.

Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite recipe, I’m always on the lookout for a great concoction!

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Monika April 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Wow. What a simple but great idea. thanks for sharing. I love your storage too. I remember containers like that filled with coloured salts. Oh how the years fly by.


Amy@NewNostalgia April 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

very neat idea, destri! I love.


Jessica Dougherty April 25, 2010 at 6:56 am

Love this project! Will post a link on CraftGossip.com’s bath & body blog next week.


Suzanne April 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I can do that!! Thanks great idea for mom this Mother’s day!


Anne April 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Awesome idea!! Adding this to my must-sew list…

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
(link will go live April 27 in the evening.)



Destri April 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Thanks Anne!


Shelley April 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Love these!! Really great idea! Will be making some soon.


Smara1 April 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

How long do these little pouches last and do you re-use the cloths once they are done? I have never seen these before and think that they are a great idea for the shower! Thanks for sharing.


Destri April 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I use one per shower, but I like to scrub ;) . I have saved the pouches because they are just lightly stitch at the top, all it will take is a little snip and you can refill them! Thanks for asking, those were great questions.


Elise April 28, 2010 at 6:38 am

Wow, great idea! I need some teacher’s gifts ( end of the year is coming up) and I will be doing this. I may even make one up for the soccer coach as a thank you!


Katherine May 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Destri, these along with the bath teas will be great for mothers day gifts!


Euphaeidae May 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

these are adorable, but I think I will do them with a drawstring top so that they can be washed and refilled without using a seam ripper!



Destri May 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

Awesome idea!!


Raevyn May 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I love this idea. I already do bath salts so I’m going to make up some of these. By way of thanks I’ll share one of my ‘secrets’. To a recipe of bath salts this size, I add 3 tablespoons of finely grated cocoa butter. I can’t keep my bath salts in stock and always have a backlog of special orders to do…..it’s the cocoa butter :o)


Destri May 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Awesome idea! Where is the link to your store?!


martha May 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

oh cool… these would be a great gift item also.


Naomi June 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I made these last night. I filled them to the top and still manged to sew them closed with my sewing machine no spills and no dramas. I have also used a jute string to tie around the top so they can be hung up. These are going to make great gifts.
Thank you


Destri June 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Thank you so much for the feedback. I have made them with my sewing machine just fine too, as long as I leave out the powdered milk and such. I did try with them once…not so good! What did you put in yours?
Jute string! Awesome idea. That would be a fun twist for fathers day.


Naomi June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I used sea salt, epsom salts, powdered milk and peppermint essential oil and had no trouble sewing them – nothing leaked out onto my machine and they were full!


Phil June 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

well, a friend told me of using sea salt to help do a scrub , once in a while , think it ‘s ok for guys ? no perfume thanks ! , best , — male problem skin


krystal July 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

This is a great idea.

I am going one step further and adding velcro to the opening and then sewing them so I can turn them inside out and top stitching around so they look more ‘professional’!

I use and make my own salt scrub and always find it hard to use the scrub with jut my hands.


Jeheace August 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Drawstring top as mentioned above would be a nice add, but also, you could substitute a laundry soap mixture (home mad or not) and toss those in with your linens on laundry day.

Or, multipurpose it, body scrub first, then laundry soak… ^-^ then it’ll come out clean and ready to reuse.


Brandy December 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I love the laundry soap idea. I will be doing this in the near future. Thanks!


yaida_yaida September 25, 2010 at 3:51 am

Why I never thought of this???

I don’t have a bath tub so I have to use the shower. Want to try bath salts .. don’t know how? Your idea is too useful!!! Probably I won’t sew salt pouches .. so maybe I shop around … thanks for wonderful idea!


Alicia Bayer November 2, 2010 at 10:02 am
Tiffany November 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Just made a bunch of these for teacher gifts. Thanks for the great idea!


Clare November 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Using sewn-in magnets (put into an anti-rust solution-homemade) to close top. Hope it works!


Sharon December 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents (just finished today)! I discovered these for the first time a few weeks ago when I was at a resort, and the had something like this in the bathroom, and I was in love! Thanks so much for this tutorial. I wish I had read the comments before I made a bunch of these pouches (26 of them!) because I could have made reusable pouches (velcro or drawstring)… oh well… I guess if people like them enough, I’ll make them reusable pouches and give them a jar of bath salts next year! :)


gaabma January 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

Awsome….very creative and an essential thing…..I will have my wife learn this, and also link your tutorial to my home business site. thanks….will keep following u :-)


Amy January 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I made a ton of these for Christmas gifts, packaged in IKEA tins for “shippability,” along with a bottle of Eucerin shower oil – everyone loved them! Thanks so much for the idea.

I also made a couple with a ribbon tie at the top so they can be re-used. I just put a doubled piece of ribbon in the side seam near the top. The opening was the original finished edge of the washcloth so I didn’t have to hem it or anything.


Seth March 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I’ve never seen these for sale, so that makes this a wonderful project. I’ll have to pass this page on to my wife. I’m sure she’ll want to make some. Excellent tutorial and the pictures look professional. Thanks for sharing


Meredith March 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This is something I am going to have to try. Definately with lavender in it because I have a hard time relaxing. Thanks for sharing.


ghjgh May 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

This is so cool. How long do they last until they stink?


Destri May 12, 2011 at 6:21 am

Well, mine only last about two showers, and one bath, so they never stink, but I suppose if you let them sit for too long they might start heading south :)


ElizabethMD July 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Love this idea. and the pouches being reusable is great too. I especially love the jar you have!


Pattie August 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

Love, love this idea. I will be making these in the next few weeks. I was trying to think of ideas for a craft show and these are perfect.


karen September 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Just wondering how many washes do they last for? Thanks, great idea


Destri September 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

hi Karen,
It all depends. If I take a quick shower they last for two showers, if I am in there for a bit, only one.
An alternative, is to keep the mixture in a sealed glass container on the counter and a handful of the little pouches, then you can just fill them up as needed and wash them right along with your other washcloths.


Amanda Joy Wells December 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

My daughter and I whipped up a few jars of this yesterday evening (we added some oatmeal to the mix) and my husband is currently sewing up the pouches. We decided to add velcro to the top so they can be reused indefinitely without further sewing. I just got out of the shower and my skin is HAPPY and the velcro held it all in wonderfully! Thanks for posting this :)


Paige December 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Can you use these more than once?


Destri January 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

It depends on how long you shower :). I wash mine and refill, and they last me one shower…but my mom says they last two for her.


Erin February 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I just found you I can hardly wait to make these ….


Heather June 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love this idea. I am making some in the morning. You can also fill with a mixture of sugar, coffee grounds and coconut oil. the coffee is supposed to reduce the appearance of cellulite and it smells amazing. I used to make this body scrub a long time ago and sold it all over the place. Since having children, I have less time for craft stuff. At least until they get older. I will keep an eye on your blog. Thanks.


Destri June 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

OH dear, that sounds wonderful! Would you mind sharing your recipe for a post? Or maybe a guest post? That would be awesome – let me know!


Deeann July 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thanks so much for sharing. I bought some of these same ingredients a couple of months ago to make a bath salt. You have motivated me to take them and make the shower scrubs. I love this idea!


Mary November 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thanks for the recipe…..I used valcro to seal them shut. I sew the valcro to the wash cloth.


Mary November 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

The Dollar General has Ebsom salts that are scented. You can get Lavender and Eucalyptus. They come in 2lb bags. cost $2.50.


Deborah Jennings December 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I guess I know what I will be making for Christmas next year. =) I can make the bag throughout the year and then make the Bath Salt closer to Christmas. Hum, I may have to take an old tea box and use it to make some boxes out of poster board. That should work. At least I hope so. LOL


mary September 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

thank you all . living on limited income and would like to make some extra Christmas money . all ideas would be helpful


Melissa September 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

This is a great idea. I teach the beginner sunday school class at my church and these would be easy and simple for them to make as gifts. Thanks


Stephanie May 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

Hi! Love this idea! I have DariFree Non Dairy Milk Alternative on hand – do you think that would work fine in place of powdered milk? Or just leave it out…


admin May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I think I would just leave it out!


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