Pinterest Listerine Foot Soak Analysis

Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
I have a scary secret I am going to share with you and I am a little embarrassed about the whole thing.
I have gross feet.
And when I say gross I don’t mean gangly or that they smell funny because most the time they don’t.  But my heals get very very dry and cracked and the layers of dry nasty skin on my heals get so thick that I am sure I could walk across hot coals and I probably wouldn’t feel a thing.
I know wearing sandals and flip flops don’t help my feet and probably make them worse, but it is summer and I don’t want to wear heavy sweaty tennies.

Recently I have seen this picture posted on Pinterest all over the place for a Listerine Foot Soak.

Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
So my feet are full of dead skin that I want to just wipe off so I thought I would conduct a highly scientific research study on the matter.
Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
I used the generic brand of Listerine or Antiseptic Mouthrinse because it is cheaper and I figured I was putting my feet in it so I didn’t need to go all out with the name brand.
I have a nice big bowl that I use that both of my feet can fit in sitting flat so I 4x the recipe.
1 Cup Antiseptic Mouthrinse
1 Cup Vinegar
2 Cups Warm Water
Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
I soaked my feet for about 15 minutes
Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
I am sorry but I am going to show you a before and after picture of my feet so I hope it doesn’t gross you out (and they actually weren’t too bad to start off with – they have been much worse!)
Remove Dead Skin Foot Soak
After my research I have concluded that…
  1. The soak does feel very nice and the strong mint makes your feet tingle even after the soak is over and I really liked that
  2. You could not simply wipe the dead skin away like the pin said.  Wiping with a towel did nothing but dry my feet from the soak
  3. A pumice stone however did work at removing the dead skin but that works no matter what type of foot soak is done so I can’t attribute that to the Listerine Soak
My final conclusion is that I would do the foot soak again but not necessarily to remove the dead skin but more because it is a relaxing minty foot soak.
Have you ever tried the Listerine Foot Soak before?  What type of foot soak is your favorite?


  1. says

    The “Ped egg’ works wonders. You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond. Money well spent! My husband is diabetic so his feet need extra attention and can easily look like yours-sometimes worse. I then use a foot scrub. I think he would like the Listerine soak. Thanks!

  2. says

    I love your helpful comments and experiments from the pinterest site. So nice to have someone actually try them out and then tell us what works and what doesn’t!! I have done some that have been total flops!! Love your posts!! Thank you and keep up the great work!!

  3. says

    Your foot pictures are my feet on a good day. Thank you for the experiment, I was excited to try this and now I won’t waste my time.
    The ped egg does work but it is very time consuming.

  4. says

    I have done this, and it does work… over time! It’s something that has to be done daily for what seems like ever to get the really good results. Oh well! Oh, and I agree on the pumice stone. Those things are great for taking off loose, dead skin. Thanks for the review!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  5. says

    I found that adding a pre-made foot soak (I used AVON) to it and then using the pumice stone (along with the usual foot tools [that I do not know the correct term for]: the razor type tool that scrapes dead skin off, the cheese grater type tool, and the sand paper tool) then rinsing them off in the soaking water as well as scrubbing with a foot scrub (again, used AVON), then drying them off and massaging foot cream on your feet and finally putting on SOFT socks, works very well! HOWEVER, after using the soak, I LOVE to use the Mary Kay Satin Hands set (softening cream, scrub, and lotion. It works SO MUCH BETTER.

  6. says

    I have gross feet too, all cracked and peeling. I’ve seen this soak and wondered if it’d actually work. After reading this, I don’t think I’ll bother to try. Thanks for saving me the trouble.

  7. says

    Hi I have feet that look worse then yours. The only thing I found that sloughs off the dead skin is Zim’s Crack Creme it literally falls off unfortunately since I moved back to california very hard to find. I found it very easily when I lived in kentucky. Has anybody tried the fish that eat the dead skin off your feet soak at salons that’s also supposed to work never tried it. Lorraine at checking out from Sugar bee tuesday hop have a good one

  8. says

    I have really dry and cracked skin on my feet, too. I remember reading about a Listerine soak and always meant to try it, but never got round to it. After reading your post, I’m glad I didn’t bother! I tried an Epsom salt soak which was meant to do the same thing – let me wipe the dead skin away – but that didn’t work either. I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays:

  9. says

    The secret is shaving cream! it’s a little less convenient, but cover your feet in shaving cream, then wrap with a listerine-soaked washcloth. I also have rough feet and was impressed by how well it worked on the first go.

  10. says

    Thanks for taking the time to review this pinterest pin. I love it when people do that! It helps us all to know what really works and what doesn’t. The foot soak sounds nice just for the minty tingle! :)

  11. says

    I tried it too and was disappointed – the minty part was nice but my feet were also a little green afterwards! had to rinse them off in plain old water.

    Thanks for posting – I was curious if anyone else has similar results


  12. says

    I made the honey try this. Horrible calloused heels. He doesn’t do pintrest. I told him he had to soak for a hour. It did remove some calloused skin. His feet were blue, but minty fresh. We have continued soaking once a week. Now we/he uses epson salt foot soak(Dr Teal). Same out come without blue feet. He still soaks for a hour. He doesn’t read directions either. I figured the extra time couldn’t hurt. Five weeks later of weekly soaking, scrubbing, bottles of lotion later. His feet are getting better. No magic bullet though. I wouldn’t waste my money on listerine foot soak.

  13. Julie says

    cool but my feet became blue!!!! I guess it will fade away after more soap. I washed them but they are still blue.

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