Simple Detox: Bentonite Clay

A simple way to detox: With a bentonite clay bath!
Clay ranks high in my list of favorite detox mediums. Simple and versatile, this is a detox that you can feel. There’s a wide rainbow of clays to choose from, but we’ll focus on the more common bentonite clay.

Bentonite is a light to medium gray powder that is often used in construction. Of course, depending on the detox, you will want to get high quality clay from a natural foods or supplement store. For an internal bentonite detox, be sure to get clay that is safe for internal use.

Why Bentonite Clay?

A bentonite clay solution is negatively charged and moderately alkaline. This effectively draws out positively charged, acidic toxins. Anyone who has tried a clay-based face mask knows that clay is also extremely drawing. Clay greatly expands when mixed with water and shrinks dramatically to its original size as it dries. This action sucks out toxins, especially acne-causing bacteria, through the pores. I love using a clay solution in place of calamine lotion on bug bites and poison oak rash as well. Clay can be used externally in baths, masks, pastes and washes.

Bentonite clay is celebrated as an internal detox as well. I did try this once, but could not get over the chalky feel. Clay is very effective externally for me, so I generally pass on “eating dirt.” I can’t provide specifics for this kind of detox, but if you choose to go this route be sure to purchase bentonite clay for internal use and research proper detox methods.
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Bentonite Clay Detox Bath


Clay detox baths can be taken at ay temperature, but still pose a risk. If at any time you feel light headed or dizzy, add cool water to the tub or put a cold wash cloth on your head. Drink LOTS of water. Get out of the tub very slowly. If you have any medical conditions, check with your doctor before performing any kind of detox. Hot baths are not recommended for people with high blood pressure.

Simple Detox: Bentonite Clay
  • ¼-1 Cup Bentonite Clay
  • 1 Gallon of cool water with ice and lemon (lemon aids detoxification)
  • Bowl of ice water and wash cloth (optional, for hot baths)
  • 3-4 drops Essential Oil of choice (optional)
  1. Shower and wash thoroughly before taking a detox bath.
  2. Fill your tub with water that feels most comfortable to you. Bentonite Clay baths can be taken hot, but are certainly effective at any temperature.
  3. Dissolve bentonite clay into a small bowl, doing your best to smash any chunks. Once well mixed, add your clay solution to the tub. If using essential oils, add them to the running water as your tub fills.
  4. Soak in the tub for as long as feels comfortable, 40 minutes is generally recommended.
  5. Remember to stay hydrated! You probably wont drink the entire gallon of water, but it's good to have around just in case.
  6. When you're finished, drain the tub and get out slowly. Some weakness is to be expected.
  7. Some people recommend showering again after the detox bath, others say that it's best to air dry, letting the mineral-rich water soak into your skin.

Check back next week for another great bentonite clay recipe: Herbal Detox Masks!

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  1. Tami says


    does the clay clog your drain to the bath tub? I really want to try the clay detox bath, but I don’t want to be plumbing clay out of the pipes. have you ever had an issue? thank you. Love the great information.

  2. Marisa says

    It’s REALLY important to replace electrolytes and minerals (especially sodium and magnesium) after detoxing this way. Failing to do so will leave you feeling awful, with terrible headaches. Just a caution from personal experience! :)

  3. Heather says

    How much clay per bath? Sorry, if that was mentioned.. I just didn’t see it. Thanks so much for sharing your research and expertise! :)

  4. says

    I dissolve my clay in really hot water in a glass bowl and stir with a wooden spoon before I add it to my bath. no clumps, just beautiful clay water to bathe in.

  5. Corbin Halliday says

    I’m 27 years of age very fit and healthy don’t drink or smoke, I have been hairdressing for 6 years I woke up 2 years ago with dizzy spells and headache that progressively got worse I than was put in hospital and put on blood pressure tablets because my blood pressure was at 200/125 I progressively got sicker and sicker dizzy daily, headaches, blocked ears, my eyes would go all glassy and I would get very anxious for no reason at all- especially when I am a very confident person! All the medications the doctors tried me on made me worse, I have seen every doctor, natural path and specialist known to man kind! All test results came back normal, but my bp and symptoms still out of control! The salon I worked in was very small and busy no ventilation at all- using very toxic chemicals, I was sent interstate when I was put in hospital for the 4th time with doctors having no idea what was going- after a full body pet scan to rule everything out was came back normal the specialist told me I didn’t have hypertension and something was causing the blood pressure to go up and symptoms he referred to me it is possible to be a toxin build up in my body from work. I have now quit and it’s been 7 weeks away from work and chemicals and I’m still having symptoms daily- there is a very very small improvement. It’s been a big journey for me going through this I have now lost my career I worked very hard for.. And have been very scary not been able to control what’s going on. So I am now using the clay baths and internally to speed the process up. anyone else heard of this??

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