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Detox foot patches: What you need to know

23 Nov 2022 • 2 min read


At a time where everyone is looking for the ‘quick-fix’ when it comes to detoxing. It’s difficult to know what works and what doesn’t.

Marketed as a unique way to draw out toxins, waste products and naturally detox your feet while you’re sleeping, detox food patches have a big status to live up to.

This article will discuss whether detox food pads work, what they do and what side effects you can expect when entering the detox foot patch world.

What are detox foot patches?

Detox foot patches, or detox foot pads are a product designed to lure impurities and toxins out through the soles of your feet.

The idea is that you wear them overnight, which allows the pads to take effect and remove all the toxins during the night.

Do they work?

It’s fair to say that the jury is a little bit out on this one. There appears to be no scientific proof that detox patches for feet actually work by clearing toxins out of the body 1. However, it's possible that some of the ingredients that you’ll find in detox pads may have a positive effect.

The main plausible argument against feet toxin pads is that you already have functions such as the liver and kidneys in your body that are responsible for removing toxins from your body.

Still, it has to be considered that there are some benefits to using foot patches. For example, foot pads which contain ginger are thought to be beneficial. Ginger contains soothing properties that are said to warm and relax the skin on the feet, which could help to manage discomfort in your feet.2


  • Detox foot patches are designed to rid your body of toxins and impurities
  • The jury is still very much out on whether they do actually do that, as there is no hard evidence to suggest that they can actually do that.
  • There are, however, properties and ingredients that make up the pads that will have a positive effect on your feet.

Are detox foot patches bad for you?

It’s not that detox foot patches are bad for you, it’s more that in the past, manufacturers claims have no real scientific proof to back up what they’re saying.

This reputation has obviously had a negative impact on detox patches in general, which is probably unfair when you consider that it’s a small minority of producers that have made such claims.

What are the benefits of detox foot patches?

If you can source a detox foot patch that is made from 100 percent natural ingredients, then you’re on the right track. Some will contain green tea, which is always a good ingredient to look out for. Green tea is known to contain antioxidants called catechins that can have a positive effect on your health.

Detox foot patches offer an easy-to-use foot pad that utilises the concepts of aromatherapy and traditional Chinese medicine in an easy use to format that may help support your body’s own natural capability from removing toxins through the usual channels, such as sweat and urine.

It is possible that some people will feel the benefit of a better night’s sleep, although this needs more substantial research.

Possible side effects

Some detox foot patches contain wood or bamboo vinegar. Pyroligneous acid, the active ingredient in wood vinegar may cause skin sensitivity in severe circumstances. If this is something you experience, we would advise that you stop using them immediately and consult a professional for advice.

Top 3 100% natural detox foot patches

We've picked the 3 best choices for natural detox foot patches for you to give your tootsies some extra care. 

1. Best detox foot patches for detox

Detox patch-it supports our body in reducing the toxic load that is imposed on it through everyday life in this modern world.

Every patch-it has been formulated with a blend of 100 percent natural ingredients, including mandarin wood vinegar as the principal ingredient, to simulate the actions of reflexology and green tea which provides a great dose of antioxidants.

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What our customers think:

Geroldine – Highly recommended – 5/5 stars

“I've used these detox foot patches many times and swear by them for a restful night’s sleep.”

Penny67 – Amazed by the results – 5/5 stars

Amazed by the results. Feeling a lot better health wise and a good night’s sleep.”

2. Best detox foot patches for sleep

Patch it Sleep Foot Patches offer a soothing, relaxing and restful sleep.

The sleep patch contains a unique calming blend of organic essential oils. Including lavender which is well known to have calming and relaxing properties. Sage, which has a balancing and calming effect, and basil which helps to clear and strengthen the mind.

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What our customers think:

Alcal – Great feet – 5/5 stars

“Great item to look after your feet. just go to sleepn and it does it all for you.”

Kve3 – Glorious sleep – 5/5 stars

“Fell asleep as soon as I put stickers on my feet, what was great. Because I always had problems with that, snoring partner!”

3. Best detox foot patches for circulation

Patch-It Circulation patches are used to support tired, aching, heavy feet and legs.

The sleep patch contains menthol, which is well known to be beneficial for healthy circulation and supports the action of key ingredients wood vinegar and tourmaline.

Healthy circulation is the basis for maintaining health and benefits such as supporting recovery from injuries.

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What our customers think:

BigNas – Helped tired legs – 5/5 stars

“You feel a little sensation when you first apply. Legs did feel a little lighter the following morning. Most effective the first few times you use it. Does smell a little but that didn't bother me, I put some bedtime lavender on before I sleep. Used it when taking part in a running challenge, helped me do 248 miles in 30 days. I took second place :)”

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 24 October 2021

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Author: Manisha TaggarSenior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019

BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science

Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.

After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.

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