Vinegar is a very common ingredient used at home for different health purposes. It is used to treat aches, pain, controlling blood glucose, weight loss and many other medical conditions. When it comes to taking care of your feet, the acidic nature of vinegar is used to treat different foot problems like athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, dry, cracked heels, foot odor, and so on.
There are different types of vinegar that you can use to prepare foot soaks at home. Some of the commonly used are white distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, organic vinegar or flavor-infused vinegar.
Some vinegar foot soak recipes:
For Tired Feet
You can relieve the pain of tiring feet with a simple vinegar food soak. Prepare the relaxing soak by adding one cup each of Epsom salt, sea salt and white vinegar along half cup of dried lavender in a large tub. Stir to blend all the ingredients properly. Now add enough warm water in the solution so that your feet get soaked in it properly. Soak your tiring feet in this solution for about half an hour. Finally rinse you feet with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. You will notice less pain and feel like dancing.
For Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a very common problem caused by a fungal infection. Here itchy red rashes develop in between the toes. To deal with athlete’s foot, mix five cups each of apple cider vinegar and water in a large tub and soak your feet in the solution for 10-15 minutes. Remove the feet from the solution and then run a cotton ball dipped in vinegar all the affected areas. This will help to reduce itching, burning sensation and scaling. Follow this simple procedure daily for at least a week or two.
For Smelly Feet
Smelly feet, a common problem especially in the summer days happen due to excessive sweating and growth of bacteria can also be treated with vinegar soak. Vinegar has disinfecting properties that help to get rid of the bacteria. Prepare a detoxifying foot bath solution with two parts water, one part white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of thyme essential oil. Soak your smelly feet in this solution for about 15-20 minutes. Wash your feet thoroughly with soap to remove the vinegar smell. Finally dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Follow this therapy several times in a week. However, this foot soak is not suitable if you have open sores, scratches or cuts on your feet.
For Toenail Fungus
If you are suffering from toenail fungus, using apple cider vinegar soak is a good solution. Apple cider vinegar has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties that can easily fight off the infection. Prepare a foot bath by blend two parts water with one part vinegar. You can also add a dash of Listerine in the bath to help hasten healing of the fungal problem. Soak your feet in it for 15 minutes each day until your feet get completed treated.
For Warts and Calluses
Vinegar has acetic acid that can help to treat warts and calluses. To cure these issues, mix equal amounts of white vinegar and warm water, and soak in the liquid for 20 minutes. Besides, you may soak your feet in warm water for about 5 minutes and then soak in apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes. Another effective remedy is to soak a cotton ball in vinegar, tape it down with gauze or a bandage and leave it overnight.
For Dry Feet
The acid in vinegar, acetic acid, is very gentle and can soften rough heels really well. To get soft feet and eliminate dry feet, immerse your feet in a solution of white vinegar and water for about 45 minutes. Then scrub the feet with a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells. Finally, wash your feet with clean water, pat dry and then apply a moisturizer. This will help you to enjoy soft and smooth feet. Follow this simple procedure two to three times in a week.
To sum up, no matter what type of vinegar soak you use, make sure that the tub or bowl is spotlessly clean before you begin. Also you do not have to worry about the vinegar smell, as it will disappear on its own very soon.