6 Home Remedies to Help Get Rid of Calluses

If you suffer from calluses on your hands or feet, we recommend that you try one of these six home remedies. Remember that results are not immediate.
6 Home Remedies to Help Get Rid of Calluses

Last update: 09 November, 2018

Calluses are areas of toughened skin caused by continuous friction, pressure, and irritation. They normally show up on your feet, but can also happen on your hands if you do something involving direct contact with the skin. No matter where they are, if you have any calluses, you might find yourself wondering if there home remedies for them.

Calluses can also form if there is a lack of moisture in a specific area, if you wear tight-fitting shoes, or if you have deformed feet. On top of that, people with with diabetes or any circulatory disease are at higher risk of developing calluses.

It’s very rare that they’re painful. But, people who have calluses look for ways to get rid of them because they’re not pleasant to look at and can be uncomfortable with certain types of shoe.

Luckily, there are many natural treatments that can help you keep your skin soft and callus-free. Today, we’re going to share six of the most effective home remedies for calluses. Act fast when you first notice them and you’ll already be on the right path!

Home remedies to help get rid of calluses

1.  Baking soda

Bicarbonato de sodio

Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that helps to reduce the presence of dead cells on the feet.

Plus, its antibacterial properties help eliminate the fungi that causes athlete’s foot. On top of all that, its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the size of calluses.

You need:

  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 pumice stone
  • Hot water (the amount depends on the size of the bowl)


  • Heat the water until it reaches a bearable temperature for your feet, then pour it in a large bowl.
  • Afterwards, add the 2 tablespoons of baking soda and soak your feet in this mixture for 10 minutes.
  • Next, rub your feet with a pumice stone and then rinse them off.
  • Repeat this at least three times a week.

2. Aspirin

You might not have known this, but you can also use aspirin to soften hard skin that forms calluses.

Plus, its anti-inflammatory components can help reduce the size of calluses and soften the skin in the affected area.

You need:

  • 6 aspirin pills
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice (2.5 ml)
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of water (2.5 ml)
  • 1 plastic bag


  • Crush the aspirin until it’s a fine powder. Afterwards, mix it with the lemon juice and water until it’s a paste.
  • Rub the paste on the affected area and then cover it with a plastic bag.
  • Leave the paste on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
  • Afterwards, use a lime to scrape off the dead skin cells from the affected area and repeat every day.

3. Lemon

lemon for calluses

Lemon juice as well as lemon peel are useful alternative treatments that you can use to get rid of calluses on your hands or feet.

Thanks to their wonderful properties, lemons also prevent your skin from cracking and developing infections.

You need:

  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 bandage
  • The juice of one lemon


  • Put the lemon peel on the callus, cover it with the bandage and then leave it on overnight.
  • The next day, you should replace the used lemon peel with a fresh one and repeat this process for several days.
  • In addition, you could add freshly-squeezed lemon juice to the affected area to fully heal the callus.

4. Onions

Onions are one of the best home remedies against calluses that form on your feet, thanks to their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

You need:

  • 1 onion slice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (5 g)
  • 1 band aid
  • 1 pumice stone


  • Cut a thick slice of onion and apply the salt and lemon juice to it.
  • Put the slice on the callus, then secure it with the band aid and leave it on overnight.
  • Repeat this treatment for a week and complement it with the use of a pumice stone.

5. Castor oil

castor oil

Castor oil has hydrating and reconstructive properties that can help reduce the size of calluses on the hands and feet.


  • 1 teaspoon of castor oil (15 g)
  • 1 band aid


  • After soaking your feet in hot water with vinegar for ten minutes, apply castor oil to the callus and cover it with a band aid.
  • Repeat this everyday until the callus disappears.

6. Chamomile

The last of our home remedies for calluses, chamomile decreases the friction that they produce on the skin.

You need:

  • 3 tablespoons of chamomile (30 g)
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 crushed garlic glove


  • Boil the three tablespoons of chamomile mixed with one liter of water. Before the mixture boils, add the crushed garlic glove.
  • Leave it on the fire for at least a couple of minutes. After that, filter the liquid and then empty it in a bathtub.
  • Then, add cold water to make the mixture cooler and then soak your feet in it for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this three times a week to achieve good results.

Remember that you should always try to wear comfortable and breathable shoes to speed up your skin’s healing process.

Furthermore, you should be patient when waiting for results, because none of the remedies mentioned above start to work immediately.

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