How to cure discoloured toenails

Updated July 20, 2017

Discoloured toenails often mean more than a simple change in appearance. Much of the time, a discoloured toenail is the result of a fungal infection. Simply walking barefoot, using bacteria ridden nail clippers or even an unhealthy diet can cause your toenails to become discoloured or to change in appearance. Toenails with a fungal infection tend to become thicker in size and take on shades of yellow or purple. With the use of an antibacterial mouthwash, nail clippers and a change in diet, discoloured toenails can be remedied back to health.

Fill the bucket halfway with antibacterial mouthwash. Allow the mouthwash to sit for about 10 minutes. Add an amount of white vinegar equal to the amount of disinfectant added to the bucket. Stir the two together until you have a uniform solution.

Scrub your feet with antibacterial soap. Thoroughly clean each toe and toenail.

File down your nail as low as possible without causing any pain or discomfort.

Place your feet into the bucket of solution. Allow them to soak for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove your feet from the solution and promptly dry them. Once dry, wrap each toe in an adhesive bandage to ensure that no bacteria from the floor enters the open pours.


Repeat this process up to twice a day until the colour in your toes returns to normal. When filing your nails be careful not to break the skin as this may cause the infection to enter under the skin. Modify your daily diet to include healthier foods.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-Bacterial mouthwash
  • White vinegar
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Nail file
  • Bucket
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Trenton Barboza has been freelance writing since 2007. His work can be seen on various websites including eHow. Barboza earned an Associate of Arts and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at California State University.