Fact or Myth: Do Vinegar Foot Soaks Help Remove Calluses?

This is a FACT…

Vinegar foot soaks help soften feet and remove calluses, but should be followed with a good sloughing with a pumice stone. Vinegar is acetic acid, so it comes equipped with antibacterial, exfoliating properties that can help remove calluses by softening feet and loosening dead skin. Not only does vinegar help with hard, dry feet, but it can also help with athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and warts, so it’s worth having handy! Plus, it doubles as a terrific natural cleaner for all types of different surfaces.

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The Vinegar and Listerine Foot Soak is a trending topic on social media sites like Facebook and Pintrest. Listerine contains thymol, which is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient, so together with vinegar this foot soak can definitely soften up hardened callouses and prep the feet for exfoliation.

Combine vinegar, Listerine, and warm water in a 1:1:2 ratio, respectively. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes (the longer the soak the softer the feet, but don’t soak for more than 20). Dry your feet with a towel and get ready to exfoliate with either a pumice stone or electronic foot file. Unfortunately, no foot soak is going to merely wipe away a callous. There will always be some elbow grease involved.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat rough, dry feet; not to mention, it’s a great treatment for athlete’s foot. Combine 5 cups of apple cider vinegar with 5 cups of water and soak your feet for 10 minutes a day for 10 days if treating for a fungus. If you are treating a callous, then soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar. Tape the cotton ball to your callous before you go to bed. The next morning, remove the cotton ball and exfoliate with a pumice stone. Repeat as necessary.