I have been hearing about this unlikely cure for dry, cracked heels and feet for quite awhile now, but quite honestly thought it sounded utterly ridiculous. I battle with dry, cracked heels in the wintertime AND summertime (I do tend to live in sandals during the summer…) and have tried just about every remedy known to man or womankind. But Listerine and Vinegar? Come on.
Up until now, I have had the most success with the Atrac-tain cream I talk about in my blog post: The Cure For Dry, Cracked Heels & Feet. While this works really well, it isn’t very easy to find and also fairly expensive. I decided I would give this wacky idea a try, because I’m a big believer in the notion that some of the wackiest ideas end up being the best! :-)
Since I’m actually doing a blog post about this….I bet you can guess how it turned out. Yep, you guessed it. It actually works! I was completely skeptical about this, but I’m telling you, after just 15 minutes my feet (and most importantly my heels) were much softer and smoother!
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Here are a couple of BEFORE and AFTER pictures as proof. For those of you grossed out by feet, my sincerest apologies.
While they’re not perfect… after just one 15 minute soak, I saw marked improvement! I will definitely be doing this again.
Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak
- 1 cup Listerine (or any antiseptic mouthwash)
- 1 cup vinegar (I used white, but you could use apple cider vinegar if you want)
- 2 cups warm water
(Author’s Note: You can double, triple, quadruple the recipe as needed for your feet and container size.)
Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, then use a foot file, pumice stone, or even a scrubby sponge to help slough off the softened dead skin. I was able to easily file off a good amount of the dry skin. I have a bit more to go, but I have no doubt another couple of soaks and it should be all gone.
If you are one of the unfortunate ones with dry, cracked heels like me, I would strongly suggest you give this a try! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
What is your favorite remedy for dry, cracked heels and feet?