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Easy and Cheap Methods of Detox

Easy and Cheap Methods of Detox

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About a year ago, if you had asked me about “detoxing” I would have looked at you like you’d grown a third head. Why on earth would I need to detox? I’m the Queen of Purity. I’m sober. I don’t smoke weed. Detoxing is for weirdos. I am NOT a weirdo. Okay – so wait…I am a weirdo. Scratch that.

Let me set the stage here for you – it’s birthday month in your family. About 6-10 family members all have birthdays close together. There are parties. There is cake. There is pizza. And you eat it all because after all, it IS a special occasion. I’m not sure when “special occasion” becomes not so special…but, anyway. I eat it too. I get it.

I wake up the next morning feeling like a bloated cow. I feel like I’ve gained about 10 pounds of salty water-weight. Right about then, that 5th piece of pizza and that cake looks pretty nasty. Blech. I think I’ll just stay in bed all day and drink water.

How to Detox

More Than Alive sent me a 1 pound package of their Bentonite Clay to try out (I do not earn a commission from More Than Alive’s sales). I knew immediately that I’d use it as a “baby powder” for Andy’s bottom…but then I got to thinking that I remembered that clay was also good for detoxing.

A 1 pound package of clay is only $6.60 and a little goes a long way. Clay does approximately 1 million different things: you can brush your teeth with it, bathe with it, and you can even eat it. If you get a bee sting, you can make a paste with clay and water and slap it on there. It’s a cure-all…kinda like white vinegar.

I’m feeling more weird with every word that I write. :-0

Why would you want to detox? First off, because you over-indulged. Detoxing will rid your body of the nasty toxins that you just put into it and it makes you feel so much better. Barry and I love detoxing after the holidays.

How to Detox

After reading around the internet, and trying a few of these methods myself, here are my favorite easy and cheap methods of detoxing.


This is our favorite. I do it after I’ve gorged myself on something that I shouldn’t have…although, with Trim Healthy Mama, I don’t do that very often anymore.

I use 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup bentonite clay, and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Sometimes I add essential oils too because I like how they smell…way better than pickling yourself in the tub. You’ll soak for about 10-20 minutes or as long as your body can handle it. Warning: as the toxins flush out, you may become lightheaded.

I have used this method while nursing, but not while pregnant. I don’t detox while pregnant. And I don’t detox OFTEN when breastfeeding either.

Sea Salt Flush

I don’t like drinking salt water, and I haven’t tried this method personally, but I hear it works great! You only do this while at home, as it will flush out your whole system in about 1 hour…you’ll have to GO. A lot. A LOT I SAID! Don’t leave the house.

Dissolve two teaspoons of SEA SALT in a quart of warm water. Drink it all in the morning on an empty stomach. Do not leave the house. I repeat. Do not leave the house.

How to Detox

Ginger Tea

You can easily detox making your own ginger tea. It helps carry waste out of your body. Check out instructions on detoxing with ginger tea at Kitchen Stewardship.


Our family doesn’t like kombucha, but it’s an EXCELLENT detox method. It flushes your body out and fills you up with good, healthy bacteria – and no, that’s not an oxymoron.

Modern Alternative Mama has a great FREE eBook on kombucha when you subscribe to her blog. :-)

Coffee Enema

I’d like to tell you that I’ll never detox using a coffee enema. But if I say that, I’ll end up doing it…because that always happens to me.

I’m not going to talk about it. Click that link if you want to read about the method. And don’t say “Stacy never told me I could detox with a coffee enema.” I got it covered. I’ll just keep my coffee for drinking though.

How to Detox

So, those are my favorite methods and the easiest ones…according to Stacy.  Also, they’re not gonna cost you an arm-and-leg like a juice fast would.

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**NOTE: I was not paid for this post. I was sent a pound of clay to try out for myself, and all opinions are mine.*

**SECOND NOTE** I am not a doctor. I do not have a doctor degree. I only doctor boo-boos at home. So, please be smart about detoxing and ask your doctor if you have questions…because, I’m not a doctor. Did I already say that?

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. wendy kilgore says:

    Win a pound of clay!

  2. Kristin says:

    You can also detox by taking a bath with a few cups of hydrogen peroxide in it. You could just soak your feet in a foot bath with up to 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide or a bathtub with up to 5 cups…..depending on how toxic you are feeling. Soak for about 20 to 50 minutes again depending on how toxic you are feeling.

  3. Ha! That’s so funny you posted about detox! And bentonite clay! Actually, I have bentonite clay on its way in the mail right now. I couldn’t order from More than Alive because I live in Canada. Yes, they ship to Canada… but I don’t want to be broke. It’s almost $40 for shipping 1 lb of clay to Canada. So I managed to find another bentonite clay seller with cheaper shipping, though it’s not nearly as cheap as what you paid! The only downside is that the website said that the bentonite clay was not “FDA approved” so they can’t recommend it for internal use. I don’t know if that is the same with all the bentonite clay but this company is just covering their butt? I’m a little afraid to use it internally… :S I actually originally ordered it so I can make my own equivalent of “Earth Paste”. I am trying to stay away from glycerin in my toothpaste in hopes that my teeth will remineralize and I will have a thicker enamel thus less sensitive teeth. I HOPE!!!

    As for detox, I think those methods are great if you are going to MAINTAIN detoxification. But for me, I need something heavy duty. As soon as I had my second child in the beginning of 2012, I immediately started experiencing splitting headaches 24/7. I thought that it was tense muscles from putting my head down to look at my daughter while nursing, but it just didn’t seem right (this was my second time nursing). I had a proper pillow (using “My Breastfriend”) with lumbar support, I try to have good posture, etc, but the headaches just continued. My neck, shoulder, and upper back muscles are just in constant knots.

    I started going to a massage therapist and a chiropractor, and it would temporarily feel “okay” (headache not totally gone, but better) and come back either that evening or the next day. So after the new year when our insurance “reset” (because I had run out of coverage from using it on massage therapist and chiropractor services), I began seeing a Naturopath (because many Doctors… not all… but many… here in Canada are useless and you only have 15 minutes and for those 15 minutes they are bent on pushing you out the door… and American’s envy Canadian healthcare?! Ahhh!) who then did a thermography and a dark field microscopy. In the thermography, it was discovered that my sinuses were all inflamed and angry (at least, if they had a personality, I would describe them as angry) and my thyroid was all freaking out and overworked and under-functioning (thus constant tiredness). In the dark field microscopy, we looked at my blood together on a TV screen (which was really weird…) and he said that the background should be fairly clear, but it was full of these little (and big) white specs. He said the little white specs were basically “junk” (toxins) in my blood, and the big white specs were yeast.

    So apparently I need a MEGA detox!!! It was weird with the sinus thing though… as soon as I started taking this “Lymph 1” spray, within the day I had this constant post-nasal drip with stuff flowing that I didn’t even know existed. And now that I think about it, it IS my sinuses contributing to my headache! I have had post nasal drip for WEEKS now… uggghhhh I can’t wait for this to be over. He said my lymphs are all junked up, especially in my head, which can cause the muscles to freak out and tighten. So I also have to use Neti-pot… which is really, REALLY weird!

    So I have to take all this “Pleo” stuff too. Pleo Fort, Pleo Rec, Pleo Muc, etc.

    We’ll see how it all turns out. I was doing some “foundational” stuff first to get my body ready for the heavy duty detox… which starts tomorrow. Oh boy, not sure how that’s gonna make me feel!

    So… I realized I just wrote a novel. Yep, I will definitely keep in mind these detox methods so that I don’t get to the point that there is so much junk in my body that my head feels like it is about to constantly explode! (I didn’t exactly live very healthy until about a year ago).

    • LOL You made me laugh!!!

    • Hi Sarah!
      Oddly enough, my name is Sarah, and I have been experiencing very similar symptoms since having my daughter in April 2012. I read your comment and it was like an Ah ha! moment :) I would love to hear more about your treatment and detox. If it works for you, maybe it will for me too.

  4. So the idea word detox kinda freaks me out, but a bath? I could totally do that!

  5. Hi Stacy,
    I’ve thought about the clay in the bath method but am concerned about getting the clay into the drain pipes and septic system. Since the clay doesn’t actually dissolve, I assume it’s going to settle again in the water at some point. Have you heard anything about special steps to take when emptying the bathwater to avoid problems with the clay?

    • Hmmmmm, no I sure haven’t. I didn’t see anything like that when researching either. Never entered my mind.

  6. I had to comment because I literally just finished my Salt Water Flush, finished the drinking part anyhow:) It works FABULOUSLY! I use 2 tsp Redmonds Real Salt in 32 oz warmish water and drink it down with a straw. The taste is not that bad. I tried to do a SWF last year using celtic sea salt and nearly vomited every time and could not finish it. I can’t recall any taste difference and maybe I was just more determined to do it this time but the taste is ok with Real Salt. Make sure to do it on an empty stomach and definitely stay near a bathroom but once you are done, you are good to go about your day and not worry about any bathroom rums. I’ll be off running errands later.

    I’m starting a 10 day Master Cleanse today (a type of juice fast if you are not familiar) so will be doing the SWF several more times along with detox baths (I don’t have any clay though). Also, the Master Cleanse is a very budget friendly alternative to a typical juice fast which can get pricey with the massive amounts of produce and the juicer required.

  7. Thank you for this post. I have been hearing a lot about detoxing and really didn’t know where to start. This was very informative. I think I will try the detox bath and leave my coffee for drinking too. Although the look on my husbands face would be priceless if I told him we should try a coffee enema for detoxing. lol

  8. I don’t know if I could bring myself to do a detox, but I do use bentonite clay quite a bit!

  9. I love this post. I think that’s why I like your blog so much. I love healthy, alternative things, but I can’t pay a premium for them. Your blog definitely fits the bill! Thanks for this post!

  10. Stacy, have you ever done a parasite cleanse or know someone personally that has? I’m thinking of doing one but am more than a little afraid. Would the detox with the clay have the same affect?

    • No, I haven’t done one personally…or known someone who has. I hear it’s VERY detailed and takes a long time.

      • Barb powers says:

        I’ve done detox drinks with DE (diotanatous earth), which smothers parasites… Read up on it, it’s not that expensive.

  11. I was so very relieved when I saw that the clay was used for a bath. When I hear detox (I’m behind the times) I assume it’s done using one of two entries to the body, both with the same “end” results. Thank you for making me smile. And for letting me know I can detox without, um, pain. :)

  12. I LOVE the sea salt one!!! HA! Maybe some Lemon Essential oil wouldn’t make it taste so bad :)
    Have you tried doing 1/3c. clay in quart of water and drinking that?

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