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.

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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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  • Msf27430720 Msf27430720 on Feb 21, 2024

    I've used a baking soda and tea bags soak for many years. I put hot water in Dollar store white dish basin. Let tea bag steep, then add baking soda. I mixed the foot soak til baking soda dissolved. Feet feels soft and dead skin comes off easily. I have Listerine & vinegar on hand. Will give this a try also. Thanks!

  • Bon4841119 Bon4841119 on Apr 19, 2024

    My sister was visiting my mom and I from Florida. She brought listening, and vinegar ask if I had something her foot would fit in. I I did have a square plastic basin. She made up her mixture of listening and vinegar. Said do you want to go first? I said, well your idea you soak first. She put booth feet in for about a min, as she move one up out of solution, I heard her gasp, and saying omg! I went to where she was sitting, and I started laughing. The listening stained her feet blue! She put her feet in bathtub, and it would not wash off. We tried alcohol, nope. Im a nurse and suggested she try peroxide, which I usually have on hand, but was currently out. Anywho just wanted to share this funny true story. You might want to get a clear mouth wash if you're going to try this.