DIY Pedicures – Listerine and Vinegar

Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak

It’s almost that barefoot time of year again and that means cleaning up winter feet. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money to hit a salon and have the full treatment done. That’s where DIY pedicures come in.

Like many women, I took to Pinterest to find solutions to my foot problem – dry, rough skin to be exact – and I kept seeing these amazing posts for Listerine and Vinegar foot soaks. Supposedly, you soak your feet in this mixture and after 10-15 minutes, the dead skin just wipes away with a towel. Autumn and I set out to test this “miracle” foot soak and see if it actually worked.

Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak
Listerine & Vinegar Foot Soak – Does it really work?

Before Our DIY Pedicures

Don’t judge, it’s winter and our feet spend most of their time in shoes or slippers. They are pale and dry and a little miserable.

Trace Before Pic 1
Trace Before Pic 1


Trace Before Pic 2
Trace Before Pic 2 – Look at those rough heels!


Autumn Before Pic
Autumn’s feet aren’t as bad


The Process

It was easy to put this together, I’ll give it that. 1/4 cup Listerine, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup warm water mixed in a plastic container (we doubled it since there were two of us). It smelled minty fresh. We set a timer and let our feet soak for a full fifteen minutes despite the fact that the water turned cold. There was nothing particularly refreshing or relaxing about the mix and the minty fragrance wore off by the end.

Soaking our feet
Soaking our feet in the Listerine and Vinegar mix


The Verdict

Honestly, we call foul on this “miracle” foot soak. We love our DIY pedicures but this one failed spectacularly. All we had to show for our soak were shriveled toes and a green tint to our skin. Honestly, what a waste! We scrubbed at the dead skin and it still didn’t come loose let alone “wipe right off” like so many of the Pins promised.

Trace After Pic
Can you see the green tint? And my skin is still rough!
Autumn After Pic
Autumn joked about turning into She-Hulk because that’s about all she got out of this!


What We’ll Try Next

There’s another Pin that keeps popping up about an Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, and Essential Oils Foot Soak and Detox – we both “pinned” it so I guess it’s next!! We are determined to get our feet back in summer-shape before we break out our flip flops!