The Best Homemade Foot Scrub to Cure Your Dry, Cracked Heels

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A quick and easy DIY foot scrub recipe to exfoliate feet and remove dead skin. Sea salt, avocado oil, and essential oils leave feet moisturized and smooth.

The sun is shining and the weather is heating up – it’s almost summer where I live!

That means sandal season – it’s time to get those feet ready for summer.

My heels can get sooooo dry and, I admit, I sometimes neglect them during the winter months. 

That means come spring they need some TLC! Can you relate?

This DIY foot scrub recipe will help to remove dead skin and soften your feet, so your tootsies will be ready for summer. Plus it smells like peppermint and lavender, so it’s a treat for your nose AND your feet.

Sandal season here we come!!


Foot scrub is one of the easiest DIY body care recipes you will ever make! Seriously, it’s so simple!

All you need is sea salt, a nourishing oil or your choice (I like avocado oil for this!) and essential oils.

I make my foot scrub WITHOUT coconut oil (are you shocked?!) because I much prefer the richness and ease of absorption of a combination of avocado and jojoba oils. 

I use these oils in lots of my DIY recipes because I really love them and much prefer them for skincare concoctions than the oh-so-popular coconut oil.

I keep avocado oil in my pantry (I also love to cook with it) and a small bottle of jojoba oil on hand for recipes like this one.

And the best part is, this foot scrub works WONDERS on dry and cracked feet!

Turns out, you don’t need a $50 jar of scrub to get your feet looking irresistible. This simple scrub costs just a couple of dollars to make and you are going to be amazed at how well it works.

It is seriously the best foot scrub around – I can’t wait for you to try it.


I make lots of homemade body scrubs because they are so great for skin and easy to make (did I already mention that?? It’s worth repeating 😉 ).

The main benefit of a foot scrub is its exfoliating power. Exfoliating skin is so important because it helps to remove dead skin from the surface, loosens and removes calluses on feet, detoxifies and improves the overall tone of skin. 

When sea salt is combined with a super nourishing oil, like avocado oil, they pack a 1-2-punch of exfoliating and moisturizing power. The oil in the scrub is more easily absorbed after the top layer of dead, callused skin is removed. I find a foot scrub is most beneficial when prefaced by a natural foot soak. The foot soak helps to soften and moisturize the skin so the scrub can easily to its job of sluffing away dead skin.


This is a variation of my Pink Himalayan salt body scrub recipe.

You probably already have the ingredients to make your own foot scrub at home. All you do is combine them in a bowl and you’re ready to go.

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Exfoliating Foot Scrub Recipe

Exfoliating Foot Scrub Recipe

A quick and easy sea salt foot scrub recipe to soften calluses, remove dead skin and moisturize feet.


  • 1.5 cup finely ground sea salt
  • 6 TBS Avocado oil
  • 2 TBS jojoba oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


      1. Measure Sea Salt in a mixing bowl
      2. Add in avocado oil, jojoba oil, and essential oils
      3. I like to add the essential oils last and put right on top of the oil- I find it incorporates into the salt mixture better this way
      4. Mix until all of the salt is coated with oil. it will not be swimming in oil, just coated.


    • To use your foot scrub, take a generous scoop with fingers and rub all over feet. You can use it on dry feet or while in the shower. Rub for 1 minutes and then rinse clean. 

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One of my favorite ways to package my foot scrub is in a simple mason jar, like these half pint jars. I also love the look of these swing top glass jars for gift giving. This set comes with chalkboard sticker labels too – so cute!

A homemade foot scrub makes a perfect addition to a DIY spa day gift as well. I would pair a jar of this foot scrub with homemade cuticle oil and DIY lotion bars for a perfectly luxurious and homemade gift set any spa lover will surely enjoy.



The absolute best combination to get your feet soft, smooth and callus free is a foot soak and a foot scrub. This is the secret weapon to super soft feet. 

I have 3 natural foot soak recipes that will work to soften up those feet. Choose your favorite, soak for at least 10 minutes, then apply this foot scrub.

I love to whip up the foot scrub before I do the soak and keep it close by. Once I’m done soaking my feet, apply the scrub over the bowl of foot soak liquid. Scrub-a-dub for a couple of minutes, then rinse clean right there in the soak water.

If you have some super stubborn or thick calluses you’re working on, I recommend also including a pumice stone in your foot care routine.

Use if after the foot soak and before the scrub for the absolute softest feet in town.


No worries! This foot scrub recipe is super versatile, and several oils will make great substitutes for avocado oil.

Try sweet almond oil, it has a very similar texture and richness to avocado oil and your results will be wonderful.

Grapeseed oil is one of my favorites for body scrubs since it absorbs super quickly and is non-comedogenic. It will yield a slightly lighter feeling foot scrub, but will still be lovely.

Olive oil is another great oil choice for a homemade foot scrub since it is rich and very moisturizing. Bonus – you probably already have this one in your pantry!


Sure! I also love a good DIY sugar scrub, although I do find it slightly less exfoliating than a salt scrub. That’s why I chose sea salt for a foot scrub, since loosening up that cracked heel skin can take some WERK.

But if you prefer sugar, or don’t have salt, you will still have a great scrub. My homemade hand scrub is made with sugar and could be used on feet as well.

DIY sugar scrub for hands with lavender and lemon

7 thoughts on “The Best Homemade Foot Scrub to Cure Your Dry, Cracked Heels”

  1. This looks really good. I made some today. Just a couple of questions:

    1) How often can I use this?
    2) If I followed the measurements from the recipe, how long is the scrub good for?


    • How often you use a foot scrub is really up to your personal preference, but I would probably not do more often than every other day. I tend to only do about once a week.
      The scrub will keep for several months IF stored in a closed jar and NO water is introduced into the container. Just be careful if using it in the shower to keep water out of the container and you should be good!


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