DIY Foot Soak

Confession time!

I wear sandals a lot! Partially because of the roundness of my pregnant belly and the discomfort of bending to tie my shoes when I can't see my feet, and partially because I just like sandals a lot!

While sandals are fun to wear and more often than not they are a cute option for a lady, they can be tough on your feet. My feet were looking really bad with dry skin and cracked heels. So I decided it was time to do something about it, to take the time to make them look pretty again. And lets be honest here, I was in need of pampering and to sit and rest for a few minutes.

I debated going in for a pedicure, but my Mommy guilt would not allow me to spend money like that with a new baby on the way, and a 3 year old at home. I was chatting with a friend about this and she gave me a home remedy for foot care that I had to try out. I was really pleased with the results and wanted to share this with you.

I warmed up 2 cups of water in the microwave for 90 seconds. The water needs to be as warm as you can stand it.

I poured the water into a dish that was large enough for my feet to fit into. I resorted to a pottery dish I had stuffed in a cupboard as I didn't have a plastic bin or anything like that.

I added 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the water.

I added a 1/2 a cup of generic Listerine to the water and vinegar.

Then I soaked my feet for about 10 minutes, until the water was getting cold.

As soon as my feet were in the mixture they felt refreshed and cool. When they came out of the mixture they were softer, they were smoother. I used a pumice stone to polish them a little. The dead skin came right off.

Now, they weren't like brand new feet. I still had a few cracks in my heels but I would say they were 70% improved over the state they were in 10 minutes before. I followed up the pampering soak and scrub with a generous application of Udderly Smooth Foot Cream and a pair of socks. In the morning my feet were improved at least 10% more.

This was easy to do and it was very inexpensive. I would estimate that I spent 40 cents on the generic listerine and 20 cents on the vinegar, making this DIY foot soak a 60 cent (or less) pampering experience.

Do you have any DIY pampering ideas? I would love to hear them if you do!


  1. I give myself a foot bath with lavendar epsom salt and then a pedicure

  2. I haven't cared for my feet in a while besides cutting my toenails occasionally and obviously showering lol ... my feet probably hate me

  3. I don't take care of my feet often besides a lil polish once in awhile

  4. I have an at home foot spa that I use usually with Epson salts

  5. I used to soak my feet in warm or hot water with epson salt. It felt so good. I haven't done it in a long time. With my back having major issues I'm not able to pick up anything heavy. I just wash them daily and put lots of lotion. Due to being a diabetic I have really dry feet. I'm going to get some gold bond diabetic cream. My mom swears by it so I know it must be good. What you did was a good idea. I heard tea bags in hot/warm water and also vodka in hot/warm water help a lot too. I've never tried them myself. Have a good day :)

  6. I would love to try this food soak, I do need it. I use lotions and exfoliators on my feet whenever I can. I need the lotion every day for dry skin.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  7. Foot soaking is awesome! I LOVE that bowl, it is beautiful :-)
    Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications

  8. I would love to try this food soak, I do need it. I use lotions and Exfoliators on my feet whenever I can. I need the lotion every day for dry skin.

  9. Thanks for the info! PINNED. Linda Crafts a la Mode

  10. PINNED> thanks for another natural product. Linda Crafts a la Mode


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