How to Put Vicks Vapor Rub on the Soles of Your Feet

Updated February 21, 2017

Procter and Gamble’s Vick’s VapoRub is an ointment for cold relief. It appeals to those who wish to use natural methods for relief from their symptoms and would rather not ingest medicines. Although the manufacturer directs users to apply the ointment to the chest to relieve cold symptoms, some people believe that a generous application to the feet will relieve coughs faster, cure toe and nail fungus and stop snoring. There are unsubstantiated reports of success with this method although there is no supporting medical evidence.

Wash and dry your feet to remove dirt and anything else that may act as a barrier to the ointment.

Apply a generous amount of the rub onto the soles of your feet before bed. Put a pair of socks on to prevent the ointment from staining your bed sheets. Do this carefully to avoid rubbing the ointment off your feet.

Go to bed. You may find that the ointment helps relieve your cough within a few minutes. Take the socks off the next morning and wash the ointment off your feet.


Do not apply Vick’s VapoRub to injured skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of socks
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Tina Amo has been writing business-related content since 2006. Her articles appear on various well-known websites. Amo holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in information systems.