Save your floors this summer with an easy DIY Outdoor Foot Wash Station! It takes only three items and five minutes to make. You’ll be ready to eliminate mud, dirt, grass, and sand from making their way inside.
My kids spend a lot of time outdoors in the spring and summer months, which I absolutely love and encourage. I don’t mind the mud and the dirt, but I also don’t want it coming inside and adding to my to-do list! We have a hose on the side of the house that we’ve traditionally used to wash feet before coming inside, but it often created an even bigger mess. Mud covering the sidewalk, excess water going into the grass…I needed a plan!
DIY Outdoor Foot Wash Station
Enter in…the outdoor foot wash station! You won’t believe how incredibly fast and easy this is to put together, and I made it for around $30. It’s been a lifesaver already, well worth the investment! It’s been so nice to have it right next to the house near the hose and our mudroom entrance. When kids have muddy, grassy, sandy, dirty feet…they can easily wash them off before coming into the house. We have a sidewalk, but the process of washing feet wasn’t perfect before I made the foot wash station. And if you don’t have a sidewalk or patio area, this could make an even bigger difference.
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VIDEO: SEE IT IN ACTION!
You only need three things to make this foot wash!
The actual container is a livestock salt block pan, which is made to hold a 50 pounds block of salt. It’s perfect for this project because of how it’s made, and its size. There are already drainage holes in the bottom of the pan, which is exactly what we need for this project. The water trickles down through the gravel and rocks, and out the drainage holes.
It’s also a great size–18.5 inches–which means that it fits both little feet and big feet too! My husband wears a size 12 shoe, and can also use this foot wash. It’s sturdy, but not super heavy, and I can easily pick it up and move it if needed. I bought mine at Tractor Supply, but if you don’t have one near you, you can also get them on Amazon!
The first layer that goes in the pan is pea gravel. It provides the base, and because it’s inexpensive, it won’t break the bank to fill it up. I bought the gravel from Tractor Supply, but you can get it at a home improvement store or local nursery.
I added river stones to go on top of the pea gravel. They’re a lot softer, and really smooth, so they feel good under the feet. The pea gravel is rougher, and not super comfortable to stand on. River stones are more expensive, so just a little layer on top is all you need. You can find these at a craft store, but I ordered them on Amazon. You’ll see that they don’t completely cover the gravel, but one bag was enough to do the trick.
You’ll love how fast this is…I put mine together in less than 5 minutes. Probably even 3 minutes. The longest part was opening the plastic bags!
- Fill the salt block pan about 2/3 full with gravel. You can do more, but it’s best to have the feet be inside the pan, not level with the top.
- Add layer of river stones.
That’s it! You’ll want this near a hose or whatever water source you plan to use. We placed ours right near the back mudroom entrance, and next to the hose. It has a wand sprayer on it that makes it easy for the kids to wash their feet.
Salt Block Pan: $13
If you buy it on Amazon, it will cost a little more–just depends on if you have a tractor supply (or similar) near you, or would rather have it come right to your door. Our supply store is about 30 minutes, so I was tempted to buy it on Amazon, but then I needed to go that direction for something else.
Pea Gravel: $5
River stones: $15
I found these on Amazon, but you might be able to find them cheaper at a local craft store, or even dollar store. A 5-pound bag was just enough to mostly cover the top of the salt block, but not 100% coverage. I’d suggest at least that much if you get it from a different source.