Does Vinegar Work on Rough Feet?

The acetic acid in vinegar softens feet.
The acetic acid in vinegar softens feet. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If your feet feel more like sandpaper than silk, it’s time to treat those tootsies to a little pampering. Flaky, rough feet need more than moisture to get back into shape -- some major exfoliation is required to get rid of the dry, hardened skin. A surprising treatment to sought off the rough spots includes vinegar. The mild acidic properties in vinegar will quickly get your feet back in sandal shape.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-gallon tub or bucket
  • Towel
  • Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • Pumice stone
  • Moisturizing foot cream
  • Socks
  • Gauze, optional
  • Medical tape, optional

Fill a 1-gallon tub or bucket with 2 quarts of warm water. Use a container that is wide enough to place both of your feet in comfortably.

Place the container in front of a chair and open a towel beside it to dry your feet with later and to catch any spills.

Pour in 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Mix it up thorough with your hands.

Place both feet into the vinegar water and let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove your feet from the water and dry them on the towel.

Rub a pumice stone gently over all rough areas of the feet, concentrating on the heel, ball and sides of the feet.

Place both feet back into the vinegar water and allow them to soak for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove your feet and dry them thoroughly with the towel.

Massage 1 to 2 teaspoons of a moisturizing foot cream into each foot.

Cover each foot with a sock to help the moisturizer soak in better.

Tips & Warnings

  • Repeat the foot soak as often as three times per week until your feet no longer feel dry.
  • To remove stubborn calluses, soak then apply gauze soaked in apple cider vinegar to the callus. Secure the gauze using medical tape and leave it on all day. Apply a fresh piece of gauze with apple cider vinegar at night before bed. Discontinue applying the gauze when the callus is completely gone.
  • Soaking your feet for longer than the recommended time can actually cause them to dry out more.

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