Chances are if you own a home foot spa it is used on a regular basis. Long days at work or an exceptionally tough workout can leave you with aching feet and dreams of soaking them in a relaxing foot spa. While these devices are great for relieving pain and rejuvenating tired feet, home foot spas also need to be cleaned regularly.

According to the California Department of Consumer Affair (CDCA) using a foot spa that is not clean can result in a painful bacterial infection. The bacteria can cause boils to appear on your feet, which will eventually break open resulting in painful, open sores. To prevent bacteria from growing and thriving in your foot spa it is important to clean it every time you use it. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and it can help keep your feet happy and health.

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How to clean a home foot spa

Read the instructions

One of the most important steps and the first thing you should do before even using the foot spa is to carefully read the included instructions. The owner’s guide not only includes helpful operating tips and suggestions on how to improve your experience, it will also walk you through the steps needed to keep the foot spa clean and sanitary. Taking a few minutes to read the instructions will save you a lot of problems in the long run.

  1. Remove any noticeable debris from the basin, especially if any particles are large enough to become stuck or clog the drain. A quick wipe down with a rag or paper towel is usually all that you need to do.
  1. If the instructions state that it is safe you will want to wash the inside of the basin thoroughly. Most home foot spas suggest using warm water and a mild liquid detergent, but once again it is important to check the directions to ensure that the soap won’t damage the motor.
  1. After washing in and outside the basin you will want to thoroughly rinse all of the soap away. Even the mildest detergent can irritate sensitive skin, which is never pleasant when it is on your feet.
  1. Most health experts recommend using a disinfectant after rinsing the soapy water away, but you will want to make sure that it is safe for the model that you own. The disinfection will effectively kill any remaining germs and bacteria, and help prevent it from returning. This can be especially important if you have open cuts or sores on your feet that can be easily infected if exposed to unsanitary conditions.
  1. There will be instructions on the disinfectant that lists how long it should be left in the foot spa, and when the time is up it is important to rinse it out thoroughly. Many disinfectants contain harsh chemicals which can easily irritate sensitive skin.

Taking a few minutes to clean and dry your foot spa after each use can help keep you and your feet happy and healthy.

Best foot spa products

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    Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt, Helps Soak Away Toenail Fungus , Athletes Foot & Stubbor

    • The feet smell wonderful after using the same.
    • It works great with the rough calluses, nail fungus and even athlete’s feet.
    • It helps in itching, burning and inflammation sensation from the feet.

    This particular product is a mix of Epsom salt, tea tree oil, sea salt and Msm. It is great for feet conditions like nail fungus, rough calluses and athlete’s foot. If the person have been experiencing soreness in the feet then this foot soak will provide you a relief and relaxation. It helps in getting rid of bad foot odors, smell, burning sensation, inflammation and even itching. For people suffering for fungal infection and bacterial growth in the feet this is the right one for them.

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    Inomata Pearl Foot Detox Massage Spa Bucket, White

    • The bowl is strong enough and without any danger of breaking.
    • It is comfy.
    • The handles are easy the handle.
    • The texture in the bowl bottom is very good.
    • The warnings and the instructions written in the foot bowl is Japanese which was a source of problem for some customers.

    This particular foot bowl is a made in Japan product that has a bottom texture which is makes the whole pedicure session a beautiful experience. The handle of the buck is the most easiest and comfortable to handle. The measurement that the foot bowl has is about 14 ½ inches in length, 13 inches in height and 9 ½ inches in depth. The bottom of the foot has a bumpy texture that provides a massage to the tired feet. It has enough room for large feet to get soaked in the water and that too up to the ankle length.

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    Kendal FBD2535 Deep Foot and Leg Spa Bath Massager with Motorized Rolling Massage

    • Feature rich: digitally adjustable water heating, water, motorized massage rollers, hydro-jets for air bubble massage
    • Contains herbal diffuser, pumice stone, a waterfall function, drainage filter with tube to drain out the water, and rolling casters.
    • PTC semiconductors heat the water quickly while preserving a consistent temperature.
    • The tank is also deep enough to massage your calf muscles in addition to your feet
    • This is one of the largest and heaviest spas on the market.

    The Kendal FBD2535 is one of the most feature-rich foot spas out there. It does just about everything, plus  it is the only spa on the market that can accommodate feet larger than a men’s size 14.

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    All in one foot spa bath massager w/ motorized rolling massage, heat, wave, O2 bubbles, water fall,

    • Feature rich: digitally adjustable water heating, water, motorized massage rollers, hydro-jets for air bubble massage
    • Contains herbal diffuser, pumice stone, a waterfall function, drainage filter with tube to drain out the water, and rolling casters.
    • PTC semiconductors heat the water quickly while preserving a consistent temperature.
    • Doesn’t reach the calves

    The Kendal FDB1023 is one step down from the FDB2535 model. It has almost all the key features of the FDB2535 but the water only goes up to the ankles. Because of this, it is also lighter weighing in at 12 pounds as opposed to 22.

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    Lavender Foot Spa Soak with Epsom Salt, Softens Feet, Toenails & Cuticles – Eliminates Foo

    • It softens the rough area in the feet.
    • It provides a great smell to the feet.
    • It relaxes the feet beautifully.
    • It is a pricy foot soak.

    It has a mix of all kinds of salt that makes it a wonderful foot retreat. The foot soak consists of Epsom salt, lavender oil, dead sea salt and Msm. It helps in conditioning the feet and at the same time making the feet extra soft by getting rid of the soreness and the inflammation from the skin. It is great feet soak for softening the cuticles and the nails of the feet. It further helps in detoxification of the skin by elevating the circulation of the blood in the skin.

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    Tree Hut Exfoliating Foot Scrub, Peppermint and Sugar , 8-Ounce

    • It makes the feet soft.
    • It provides a great smell to the feet.
    • It removes the dryness from the skin.
    • The results provided by the skin scrub might vary from individual to individual.

    This particular foot scrub is made with Shea butter and helps in moisturizing and repairing the skin of the feet. It also has natural sugar and peppermint oil that helps in exfoliating and moisturizing the skin respectively. It provides a soft and silky sensation and feel to the skin of the feet. If you have been suffering from the problem of dry skin in your heels, then nothing can be better than this one.

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    All in one foot spa bath massager with rolling massage, heat, HF vibration, O2 bubbles, digital time

    • Provides all basic features at a great price
    • Does not have advanced features provided by other models

    Kendal’s FBD720 is a basic all-in-one model that includes heated water with adjustable temperature controls, air bubble massage, manual foot rollers, and water wave. It is an excellent spa for the money if you are not looking for lots of extra bells and whistles.

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    Heated Aqua-Jet Foot Spa

    • The heating function works well to heat the water up to 115 degree F and then maintaining the temperature.
    • It has two rotating hydro-jets with two adjustable speeds and two rolling nodes to massage your arches.
    • Comes with a removable pumice stone to exfoliate the rough skin on foot pads and heels.
    • Higher price model

    Brookstone describes its 72819 Heated Aqua-Jet Foot Spa as an oversized whirlpool foot spa with heating function and jet massagers. It might be a bit pricey for what you get, but the consumer ratings are consistently high.


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    Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak 10 oz

    • It leaves the feet soft and with good odor.
    • It also softens the hard calluses.
    • It provides a relief from the daily pain of walking.
    • It has mineral salts that provide a great protection for the feet.

    This particular foot soaks for spa or pedicure helps in soothing and releasing the tiredness and aches from the feet. It has a mixture of all the herbal ingredients that not only deodorizes the feet but it is at the same time induced with antiseptic properties that heal and conditions a coarse feet. The foot soak contains ingredients like tea tree oil and mineral for clean, tidy, softer and refreshed feet. It further helps in stimulating the blood circulation in the body that helps in releasing the toxins from the body.