Listerine Foot Soak: Hack or Fail?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have cracked heels. I mean, I live in California where we comfortably wear flip-flops for 9 months out of the year. Who doesn’t have cracked heels, is what I want to know?

Pinterest Listerine Foot Soak

So I saw this post on Pinterest about a Listerine foot soak. I honestly cannot find the original post to link to, but it’s literally everywhere on Pinterest and Facebook. Anyway, since I first pinned it, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time that Listerine would go on sale and be combined with a coupon. Well that time is here, ladies and gentlemen!

(Thank you, Target!)

So here’s the recipe:

1/2 C. Listerine
1/2 C. vinegar
1 C. warm water

Soak for 10 min.

Before The Soak

The original poster said she likes blue Listerine, but then about a million people tried it and complained of Smurf feet. So get another color, bozos! I got green because the thought of using the plain kind in my mouth brings me back to the burn-y days of my childhood when my Grandad made me use that stuff.

I did some research on other foot soaks, and many said that Apple Cider Vinegar is better. So I used that.

I also added in a few drops of Bergamot and Lavender essential oils for a calming effect.

Okay, so I didn’t follow the recipe at all. I read a bunch of comments on a bunch of posts and came to the conclusion that this mixture is just not going to work. It’s too watered down and it’s not enough liquid to cover your feet. Here’s what my soak looked like:

2 C. HOT water ( I used my Keurig)
1.5 C. Green Listerine
1.5 C Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops Bergamot
5 drops Lavender

I soaked for 30 min.

I’m not a fool. I know that the skin is not just going to “fall off”. But I’m hoping that it will soften up enough to scrub it off with a pumice stone. I’m totally willing to scrub, as long as I’m not sitting there until my arm falls off and my heels are still cracked.

Basically what I’m saying is that my expectations are low, since viral Pinterest things tend to fail. I’m just hoping this helps. Let’s see how it goes!

After The Soak

The first word of warning is this: Ladies, do not shave your legs right before you do this. Splash zone, ouch!

Secondly, green Listerine turns your feet colors too. After a good scrub with the pumice stone, only my nail beds looked like those of a leprechaun. Oh well. Green nail polish it is.

As for the effect of the soak, I won’t say that my skin “fell off” because it didn’t. I won’t even say that all my cracks are gone, because they aren’t. But my feet are significantly softer and the skin was so much easier to scrub off with a pumice stone.

And, bonus! My feet are tingly (in a good way) and super disinfected.

My next step is to make my feet swim in Eucerin and cover those babies with thick socks before bed. In the morning, hopefully I’ll see an even bigger difference!

The verdict? This foot soak was definitely worth the fuss.

Have you tried this soak? Did you change up the recipe? I’d love to know how it went for you! 

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