Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak For Dead Skin - Does It Work?

Bellindah Gama
by Bellindah Gama
7 Materials
20 Minutes

I’d heard and tried many different remedies to remove dead skin on my feet before, but this Listerine and vinegar foot soak is one of the newest ones that grabbed my attention.

A foot bath using Listerine is said to remove dead skin, calluses, and help remedy dry heels almost entirely overnight. I knew I had to try it and find out if it actually worked.

Tools and materials:

  • Foot spa
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Listerine
  • Pedicure paddle kit tool
  • Tea tree oil 
  • Boiled water
  • Coconut oil
Listerine foot soak before and after

Listerine foot soak before and after

For reference, here’s what my foot looks like before I tried the foot soak.

To truly test out the method, I didn’t scrub or exfoliate my feet in months so I could get the most accurate and dramatic results possible. Let’s get started!

Foot bath using Listerine

1. Add the ingredients and soak 

Fill your foot spa with boiled water. Still warm, but not too scalding that you’ll burn your skin.

Add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of Listerine mouthwash, and a few drops of tea tree oil (for its antifungal properties and because it smells great). After you add everything, soak your feet for about 10 minutes. 

If your foot spa has a vibration setting, I highly recommend turning it on to help speed up the process and help with blood circulation. Plus, it feels pretty good.

After about five minutes, I could already begin seeing dead skin floating in the water just from the soak and the vibrations. It was kinda gross, but a good indicator that it was working!

It started to get cold as I added more hot water just to keep the water warm. 

2. Scrub off dead skin 

After the full 10 minutes, dry your feet with a clean towel. After drying, my feet started to turn white and it was much easier to begin to remove the dead and dry skin.

Scrubbing off dead skin after the foot soak

Using the metal file on my pedicure brush, I began gingerly scrubbing my foot and the dead skin was coming off so quick and easy. I also periodically switched to the brush side to brush off excess dead skin.

After a thorough scrub, I switched to the pumice stone and repeated the process, making sure to target all the dead skin until my feet were nice and smooth.

3. Rinse

Once you’re satisfied, rinse in the same soak as before. You can use clean water if you like, but I think using the Listerine and vinegar foot soak just made my feet feel even softer. 

Results of the home foot soak with Listerine

4. Moisturize with coconut oil

Dry your feet again and then gently rub coconut oil into your skin. I love coconut oil. It helps keep your feet nice and shiny, and fully moisturized. 

Here’s what my foot looks like after I’m completely done with the soak. It’s completely transformed!

Listerine and vinegar foot soak - does it work?

If you guys want to say goodbye to dry, scaly skin, seriously give this foot soak a try. It works wonders for getting rid of tough skin and calluses and made my feet feel so soft and smooth once I was done.

So, the Listerine vinegar foot soak, does it work? According to this test, yes! Give it a try and comment below what you guys think! 

Suggested materials:
  • Foot spa
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Listerine
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2 of 17 comments
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jan 17, 2023

    I found this a few years ago and it is amazing. I buy the store brand Listerine and vinegar and it works great! I'll try adding the tea tree oil too.

  • VvSylvia VvSylvia on Mar 09, 2023

    Absolutely! This is my weekend project! Thanks for giving me something to do.❤