6 Benefits of Soaking Your Feet in Vinegar

Thanks to the acetic acid in vinegar, in addition to controlling infections, neutralizing bad odors, and softening the skin, you can hydrate your feet and calm itching.
6 Benefits of Soaking Your Feet in Vinegar
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Even though our feet are responsible for carrying us around all day, we often neglect them until we develop some kind of health problem. Did you know that soaking your feet in vinegar can help? Your feet are regularly exposed to dryness, bacteria, fungi, cracked skin, and other such factors. These can lead to a series of problems over the long term, making this part of the body unattractive and unhealthy. But did you know that apple cider vinegar can help?

Indeed, apple cider vinegar is a food rich in acids and antifungal compounds that regulate the pH of the skin. Therefore, in this article, we’ll tell you its benefits for the dermis and why it’s a good idea to use it as a treatment.

1. It fights fungus

Foot with dry and cracked skin

The acetic acid in vinegar helps eliminate fungi that can cause problems such as athlete’s foot or yellow toenails. Its anti-fungal and antibacterial action controls infections. It also creates a protective barrier against future attacks by these microorganisms.

We recommend reading: How to prevent toenail fungus

How should you use it?

  • First, add a cup of vinegar to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this treatment two to three times a week.

2. It smooths the skin

The exfoliating action of vinegar removes dead skin cells that make your feet feel dry and rough.

How should you use it?

  • Just soak your feet in a bowl of water and vinegar for 15 to 20 minutes.
Foot with a wart

4. It soothes itching

A pH imbalance can cause dry skin or an overgrowth of foot fungus. Both of these conditions can make your feet very itchy.

An allergic reaction to the materials in your shoes and socks can also cause itching.

Fortunately, apple cider vinegar can relieve this uncomfortable symptom and control the original problem.

How should you use it?

  • Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this treatment every day if necessary.

5. It neutralizes bad odors

Healthy feet after soaking your feet in vinegar
Excessive sweat and overgrowth of bacteria can cause an unpleasant foot odor that is hard to get rid of.
  • The acids found in vinegar reduce moisture and also inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • As a result, applying vinegar to your feet is a natural way to stop annoying odors.

How should you use it?

  • Mix two parts water with one part vinegar in a bowl and soak your feet for 15 minutes.
  • If the odor is still strong, add several drops of tea tree essential oil.
  • Be sure to clean your shoes and socks before you wear them again.

6. It softens corns and calluses

Calluses on the feet can form due to the excessive accumulation of dead cells and the continuous friction caused by some types of footwear. The acetic acid in this product acts as an exfoliant and emollient. Therefore, it is ideal for removing dead skin and softening calluses.

Soaking your feet in vinegar can moisturize your skin after this liquid is absorbed. Over time, it improves the appearance of the feet.

How should you use it?

  • Combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this treatment every night. Using a pumice stone can enhance the effectiveness of this treatment.

Are you ready to take care of your feet with this wonderful ingredient? Now that you know how beneficial it is. Therefore, don’t hesitate to take it into account in your beauty routine!

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.