Surprise! One of the best things for your feet is a common item found in your kitchen! Vinegar has been a treatment for centuries for ailments ranging from fungus to pain. It can treat aches, athlete’s foot, foot odor and dry skin. Due to the acidic nature of vinegar, it is also excellent at soothing, moisturizing and softening your feet. If you have ever dealt with cracked heels, it can help to soother the dry, chapped skin.
When creating a vinegar foot soak, most people generally use white vinegar. Although other vinegar types work, white vinegar is the easiest to find at your neighborhood grocery store. To have comfortable, soft feet, use the following instructions.
Vinegar Foot Soak
No matter what type of vinegar you plan on using, the first step is to always make sure that your bowl or tub is perfectly clean. While you are soaking your feet in vinegar, do not worry about the smell. Although it can be nauseating during the foot soak, the smell will go away once you pour out the vinegar. Depending on the condition you want to treat, you can use one of the following techniques.
1. Treating Dry Toes
The toes and heels are the worst places for dry skin. All you have to do to treat your dry skin is to let your feet soak in vinegar for about 45 minutes. Afterward, you will want to use a pumice stone to brush away the dry skin. If you do not have a pumice stone available, you can always use a brush or something softer. When you have brushed off the dry skin, apply a moisturizer to your feet for maximum softness levels. You should perform this twice each day for the most soft, moisturized and supple skin.
2. Handling Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot can be an extremely embarrassing, itchy condition. Unlike some of the other conditions, athlete’s foot should always be treated with apple cider vinegar. Fill a tub or bowl with apple cider vinegar that has been diluted—five cups of apple cider vinegar for every gallon of water. Place your feet in the tub for ten minutes to reduce the itchiness of athlete’s foot. Once you have pulled your feet out, rub a cotton ball covered in pure vinegar over the area. Repeat this treatment process every day for ten days to eliminate athlete’s foot.
3. Routine Care and Maintenance
Even if you do not have a foot problem, you can use vinegar to keep your feet in good shape. Mix one cup of white vinegar and some essential oils into two gallons of warm water. Let your feet sit in this solution for 45 minutes, twice weekly. Afterward, use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin and add moisturizer at the end.
4. Treating Tired Feet
After a long day at the office, nothing feels better than a vinegar foot soak. In a large foot tub, mix one cup of vinegar, ½ cup of dried lavender, one cup of Epsom salts and two gallons of warm water together. Allow your feet to soak in this relaxing mixture as you unwind and relax from your day.
5. Removing Warts and Calluses
One of the main ingredients in vinegar is acetic acid. This acid is known for being a mild exfoliant. This means that it can effectively reduce the appearance of warts and calluses. To do this, soak your feet in half white vinegar and half hot water. For a more intense treatment, soak your feet in pure hot water for five minutes followed by pure apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes. While the hot water softens the feet, the vinegar will brush away calluses. To heighten this treatment, apply apple cider vinegar directly to the calluses or warts, cover it with a band-aid and let it sit overnight.
6. Alleviating Toenail Fungus
No one likes to have toenail fungus, and vinegar can safely, effectively treat it. Use one part vinegar with two parts water for 15 minutes each day. Although apple cider vinegar is best due to its anti-fungal properties, you can use whichever vinegar type that you have available. To speed up treatment, add a splash of Listerine to the water/vinegar mixture.
7. Handling Smelly Feet
One of the last ways vinegar can benefit your feet is by removing your foot odor. Use a two parts water and one part vinegar solution for your foot soak. White vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work fine. For an added boost of odor-fighting ingredients, mix several drops of thyme oil or half a cup of baking soda into the mixture. Let your feet sit in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterward, make sure to dry your feet completely. Unless you want a lot of pain, do not use this mixture when have cuts, open sores or scratches on your feet.
Do not use the following techniques if you have any cuts or wounds on your feet. If you develop a rash or itching, stop using the vinegar soak because it could be irritating your feet. You can also lower the amount of vinegar in the solution if it is bothering your feet. You should also avoid using vinegar if you have a circulation issue caused by diseases like cardiovascular problems or diabetes. If you have a condition like athlete’s foot and the vinegar soak does not treat your condition, consult with your doctor about other options.