Make a citrus foot soak

This refreshing, sensory footbath is a good way to relax and chill out and is quick to set up. Plus, the citrus fruit creates a refreshing and uplifting infusion which has antimicrobial properties, helping disinfect and deodorize the feet.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either at home or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a wellbeing activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sensory activity that promotes wellbeing and relaxation, helping people use their senses to connect with their surroundings by exploring touch and smell.

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

An orange, a lime, and essential oils on a white towel against a light blue background

  • A large flat bottomed bowl or foot bath
  • Warm water
  • 2-3 citrus fruits like limes and lemons
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsps of oil (coconut is good)
  • 5 drops of tea tree and peppermint essential oils (optional)
  • A towel

Step 1

Slice the citrus fruits, and keep to one side.

Step 2

A white bowl filled with water and slices of lemons and limes

Put the baking soda in the bowl and pour the warm water on top, mixing until dissolved. Then, add the coconut oil and essential oils and mix again. Finally, add the sliced fruit on top. 

Step 3

Soak your feet for 10-15 min, relax, then pat dry with the towel. 

Top tip

  • Change up the scents and use different essential oils
  • Follow it up with a pedicure
  • Make it a pampering session and make a face mask too!