As Seen on Pinterest: Vinegar and Listerine Foot Soak
I am one of those people who stops wearing socks as soon as it hits 65 degrees out. I'm a sandals and barefoot kind of girl. Which means that I was really excited about the prospect of a foot soak that would allow you to rub loose skin right off of your feet and leave them smooth! The original instructions call for 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup listerine and 1/4 cup water. Now, I know that I have big feet, but I can't see how this would possibly be enough for anyone to soak their feet in for 30 minutes. I doubled the batch. It still wasn't enough. I ended up with 1 1/2 cups listerine (thank goodness I had the cheap generic stuff) and 1 1/2 cups vinegar and 3/4 cup water.
I then soaked my feet for the full 30 minutes. After which, they were blue.
Alright so that's not that surprising--it is, afterall, blue listerine that I was using. So I rubbed the solution off with a towel (this is when the dead skin is supposed to just rub right off--it didn't). Then I hustled my blue feet up to the bath tub and sprayed them off, and then scrubbed them with a nylon Ikea dish brush (yeah, not a soft brush). The blue eventually came off, but the skin was still rough and attached to my feet. I'd dare say it looked worse afterwards (I did take a before and after photo--but I decided no one wanted to see my rough feet and then my rough prune-y feet).
I gave this one the best possible shot....I used more listerine and vinegar (without ruining the ratio) and I actually scrubbed my feet off afterwards with a brush--and still no loose skin. I had better luck with a Ped Egg (remember those--they actually sorta work). I know everyone's skin is a bit different, and this might work for some folks, but I do not recommend this Pinterest DIY.
Update: A friend said she had some success with this. She used the Alcohol Free Listerine (but the name brand kind) and followed up with a pumice stone.
Based on other comments I've received on this post's Pinterest pin, I suspect how well this works is based an awful lot on how tough the skin is on your feet. I have very thick foot skin. I also wonder, aside from the disinfectant properties and the minty smell, how much the Listerine is really doing. Has anyone tried a warm water and vinegar foot bath?