How to kill toenail fungus with bleach

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Toenail fungus is an unsightly condition caused by yeast and other types of fungi. When a fungus infects the toenail, the result is yellowing and thickening of the nail. Eventually, the nail may begin to crumble, and the area beneath it may emit a foul smell. Doctors often prescribe oral medications for treating toenail fungus, but some people prefer home remedies, such as those that use bleach to kill the fungi.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 tbsp bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Bucket or basin

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    Kill Fungus on Surfaces

  1. 1

    Mix 1 tbsp of bleach with 1 qt. of water.

  2. 2

    Pour the solution of bleach and water into a quart-sized spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Spray the bleach solution onto the surface that may have been touched by the fungi that cause toenail fungus.

  4. 4

    Allow the bleach solution to stay on the sprayed surface for about 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Rinse the sprayed surfaces with water and wipe them dry with a paper towel.

    Kill Fungus Within Toenails

  1. 1

    Cut and file your toenails to make them as short and thin as possible. This may help the bleach to penetrate the nail and kill the fungus.

  2. 2

    Pour warm water into a bucket or basin that is large enough to accommodate the affected foot.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tbsp of bleach to the bucket or basin of warm water.

  4. 4

    Soak the affected foot in the bleach solution daily. You may have to wait several weeks to see signs of improvement.

  5. 5

    Wash your foot with a gentle, moisturising soap and water that does not contain bleach. This may help to get rid of any bleach residue that could dry and irritate your foot.

  6. 6

    Dry your foot thoroughly, including the area between your toes. Damp areas encourage fungal growth.

Tips and warnings

  • Your doctor may be able to offer medical treatment that will provide improvement faster or more reliably than home remedies. Consider seeing your doctor for help.
  • Discontinue bleach-solution foot soaks if your skin becomes irritated. Alternatively, you might restrict your soaks to one a day or every other week to see whether that helps.
  • Some people also use a solution of bleach and water to kill the fungus that causes athlete's foot.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. Doing so will produce a dangerous chlorine gas.
  • Do not apply undiluted bleach to your toenails. It may irritate the skin on your foot.

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