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Listerine, vinegar mixture softens feet, doesn’t remove dry skin

Published On: Jun 15 2014 02:33:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 15 2014 02:34:00 PM CDT

I don’t necessarily have really dry feet, but who I wouldn't pass up softer, prettier feet, especially now that we’re in the heart of summer. I’ve used a pumice stone, foot scrubs from the drug store and now a Listerine and vinegar foot soak to get pedicure-ready feet.

The post on Pinterest for the soak says to combine 1/4 cup of Listerine, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of warm water. After soaking your feet in the mixture for 10 minutes, the dead skin is supposed to wipe right off. My first issue with the mixture was the amount…a full cup of total liquid barely covered the bottom of my feet. Now maybe my container was bigger than the person who wrote the recipe, but my feet wouldn’t have fit in a much smaller container so I didn’t really have another option. I had to multiply the ingredients by 16 just to get the mixture to cover my feet! So I used 4 cups of Listerine (or the blue Up and Up version from Target), 4 cups of vinegar and 8 cups of warm water.

My second issue was the smell -- menthol mixed with vinegar really doesn’t have a great smell. Once my feet were in the mixture for a couple minutes I couldn’t smell the vinegar anymore, and the minty menthol wasn’t too bad on its own. My third issue with the mixture was that it said to use warm water. I would definitely suggest using hot water, because by the time my feet had been soaking for 10 minutes the water was room temperature and no longer soothing. Plus, the hot water might add to the therapeutic feeling of the menthol mixture, which was warm and tingly!

Suggested recipe

  • 4 cups of menthol mouth wash
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 8 cups hot water

*soak feet for 10-15 minutes

When I pulled my feet out of the minty water the first thing I noticed was that they smelled super-duper minty! As for the dry skin wiping off: mine didn’t really wipe off. The warm menthol water definitely made it easier to use the pumice stone on my dry heals, but I still had to work at getting the dry skin off. NOTE: A friend of mine has used this same mixture twice and said it worked great for her. So it is possible I didn’t soak my feet long enough, I should have used hot water instead of warm, or my feet don’t have enough dry, flaky skin that they need to be scraped off.

Pinterest do or don’t? Because I choose to wear Toms shoes in hot, cold, rainy, snowy and all weather in between my feet regularly don’t smell good, so I will be using this mixture regularly to try and combat the smell that Toms wearers know all too well. As for the dry skin promise of the post -- the mixture didn’t get rid of my dry skin without the use of a pumice stone. The menthol mixture did make using a pumice stone on my heels a lot easier, so I will definitely be using the recipe (altered with my suggestions above) to get minty, pampered feet!


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