I have a scary secret I’m going to share with you and I am a little embarrassed to tell you but… I have gross feet.
My feet are dry, flakey, and my husband even calls them scaley. My heels are the worst! There are layers of dry and cracked nasty skin on my heels that are so thick that I could probably walk across hot coals and I would not feel a thing.
You’re welcome for painting that lovely picture in your mind.
Are your’s the same way?
Recently I saw this picture posted on Pinterest for a Listerine Foot Soak. I bet you have seen it too! It says the dead skin will practically wipe off. Wipe off? Like, I don’t have to use an electric sander to get it all off? I’m game!
So in the name of science, I thought I would conduct a highly scientific research study on the matter and test this concoction out.
Foot Soak Recipe with Listerine
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First, can I say, Seriously? How am I supposed to “soak” my feet in a cup of liquid? I actually 4x the recipe because I am good at math at could figure it out.
Here is the usable Listerine Foot Soak Recipe:
I used the generic brand of Listerine or Antiseptic Mouthrinse. It was cheaper and I figured I was putting it on my feet, not in my mouth.
Combine the liquid in a nice big bowl, you want to make sure that your feet have room to be immersed and soak.
My feet soaked four about 15 minutes. I have to say that I really did enjoy the minty tingle on my feet and the smell was quite relaxing.
Kick on some Netflix and this soak could easily last upwards of an hour, or at least until the water got too cold.
Health Benefits of Soaking Feet in Listerine?
While my feet were soaking I browsed the internet to see what others thought about this foot soak recipe with Listerine.
I came across this article, Are There Any Benefits to Soaking Your Feet in Listerine?
According to the article, Listerine has active ingredients that help combat odor, and fight fungus infections!
Hey, that is pretty cool!!
Does the Listerine Foot Soak really work?
Here is where we get to it, so does it really work?
To say the least, I am disappointed. I really wanted to wipe away all of that nasty yuckiness but it just didn’t happen. Although, I think it did do something!
Here is a picture of the before and after of my feet. This is just the soak, I did not scrub with a pumice stone or slather the lotion on.
Surprisingly, my before feet aren’t that bad! They are usually much worse than this.
As you can see in the after, those yucky dry cracks on my heels are actually looking better. They aren’t as yellow or dead looking, and my feet do smell very minty and fresh.
After my research, I learned…
- The soak does feel very nice and the strong mint makes your feet tingle even after the soak is over.
- The dead skin does not simply wipe away. Wiping with a towel did nothing but dry my feet – strange.
- There may be health benefits to a Listerine soak.
After these pictures were taken, I did go back with a pumice stone and that did work at removing the dead skin, but that works no matter the type of foot soak so I can’t attribute that to this Listerine Soak.
My final conclusion is that I would do the foot soak again. Not to remove the dead skin but because I enjoyed the minty tingle.
I have heard of some experiences where the Listerine Foot Soak has turned feet blue. This was not my experience, but I did use the generic and not the Listerine brand.
Have you ever tried the Listerine Foot Soak before? Did you have the same results?
Foot Soak Recipe with Listerine
- 1 cup Listerine
- 1 cup Vinegar
- 2 cups water
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl, big enough for feet to sit in.
- Allow for feet to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- Remove feet and dry with a towel.
- Follow up with favorite lotion or moisturizer.
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