How to Make a Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot

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How to Make a Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Make a Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot

Like the common cold, there doesn't seem to be a fast cure for athlete's foot. The fungus thrives in the warm, moist environment of shoes and on locker room floors. Most of the time you don't need expensive, long-term treatments. You can make a home remedy for athlete's foot that will make those itching, burning footsies happy once again.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Ease your discomfort immediately with this herbal foot bath. Use your blender and mix 3 sprigs of fresh basil with 1 cup water. Add ¼ salt and enough water to cover your feet in a pan. Heat the mixture until it boils. Allow the mixture to cool until it's comfortable enough to soak your feet for 30 minutes.

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    Read up on grapefruit seed extract. It's getting good press for having lots of helpful properties, including being anti-fungal. Add a few drops of the extract to a bit of water in your hand and apply it to your feet a couple times a day, drying your feet thoroughly after each application. You can purchase grapefruit seed extract at health food stores.

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    Give mouthwash a second job. Fill a small pan with enough major brand mouth wash to cover your feet. Soak for at least 10 minutes a day until the fungus is gone. Repeat as needed and dry your feet thoroughly after each application. This option helps freshen your feet if you also have a problem with odor.

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    Hold your nose and give vinegar a try. Of course, is there anything vinegar can't fix? Actually, vinegar contains ingredients that love to munch on fungus, especially the kind that causes athlete's foot. Mix a drop or two in enough water to cover your feet and soak about 10 minutes. Don't forget to dry your feet thoroughly after each application.

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    Stuff some crushed garlic into a pair of dry socks and wear them to bed. Like vinegar, raw garlic lives to kill athlete's foot fungus.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent future recurrences of athlete's foot, be vigilant about keeping your feet clean, dry (try a hair dryer to get in between those toes good), powdered, and in protective shoes when visiting public areas where the fungus may be lurking.
  • If your athlete's foot persists after trying a few home remedies, see your doctor.

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