Home remedies for athlete's foot

Updated April 17, 2017

Home remedies for athlete's foot are easy to make and can quickly get rid of the itch. The most important thing is to keep the foot clean and dry. Bacteria and fungus love to grow in damp, dark areas, such as between the toes. Over the counter antifungal medications and ointments work but can be expensive. Instead use the home remedies for athlete's foot below, safely and effectively for both children and adults.

Tea Tree Oil

Place 20 drops of tea tree oil mixed with warm water into a small plastic tub and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Adults and children can use this soak up to three times daily for relief from athlete's foot symptoms.

Olive Leaf Extract

Rub olive leaf extract liberally over the bottom of your feet and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before removing. The olive leaf contains antimicrobial properties and helps kill the fungus that causes athlete's foot.


Soak feet in a mixture of one park vinegar and one part warm water. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can help kill any bacteria lurking on your skin.


Garlic is a natural antibiotic and can aid in destroying fungus. Take two capsules, three times each day or place slices of garlic in your socks to be absorbed through the skin.


Add cinnamon to boiling water, allow it to steep and cool for approximately 40 minutes. Then soak your feet in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Cinnamon can effectively fight both yeast and fungus infections.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda in your socks and shoes every day to help keep your feet dry and neutralise the pH of your skin.


Mix 2 tsp of Epsom salt to 236ml of water. Soak feet in this salt mixture for up to 15 minutes three times daily to help dry out the fungus and reduce sweating.

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V. L. Hamlin is a freelance writer residing in upstate New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi in 2000 with a liberal arts degree and concentrated studies in literature and psychology. She has been writing online since 2006 and is currently a freelance writer for Associated Content and Demand Media.