How to Remove Calluses With Aspirin & Lemon Juice

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Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin
  • Lemon juice
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Towel
  • Pumice stone
Lemon juice can be added to crushed aspirin to create a salve to remove calluses.
Lemon juice can be added to crushed aspirin to create a salve to remove calluses. (Image: Diego Attene/iStock/Getty Images)

You don't need expensive creams or have to go through extensive trouble to remove unsightly and uncomfortable calluses. You can treat a callus with a simple mixture of aspirin, which drys the skin, and lemon juice, which softens the skin, for easy removal of the callus with a pumice stone. A hardened area of skin, calluses develop in response to repeated irritation, such as friction or pressure. They occur on areas exposed to repeated irritation, such as the hands or feet. Calluses protect irritated areas of skin and can happen to anybody.

Step 1

Take about five to six 325 mg aspirin pills and crush them. This can be done by putting them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a spoon or by using a mortar and pestle until finely crushed.

Use a mortar and pestle to crush pills
Use a mortar and pestle to crush pills (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 2

Put the powdered aspirin into a mixing bowl and add equal parts (about 1/2 tsp. each) of lemon juice and water to create a fairly thick paste. Increase the lemon juice to 3/4 tsp. lemon juice and decrease the water to 1/4 tsp. to make the treatment stronger.

Woman using mixing bowl to crush ingredients
Woman using mixing bowl to crush ingredients (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 3

Apply the aspirin, lemon juice and water mixture generously to the callused area.

Apply the mixture to the callused area
Apply the mixture to the callused area (Image: Jaimie Duplass/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Cover the entire area with plastic wrap.

Plastic wrap used to cover the entire area
Plastic wrap used to cover the entire area (Image: bdspn/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Wet a towel in warm water. Put the towel over the plastic wrap to keep the callused area and the salve warm.

Wet a towel in warm water
Wet a towel in warm water (Image: Marek Kosmal/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 6

Let the towel and the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wrapping wound with towel mixture
Wrapping wound with towel mixture (Image: kati1313/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 7

Remove the towel and plastic wrap and rinse the callused area with warm water.

Rinse the callused area with warm water
Rinse the callused area with warm water (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 8

Use a wet pumice stone with circular motions to gently rub the callused area.

Use a wet pumice stone to gently rub the callused area
Use a wet pumice stone to gently rub the callused area (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • If the area is extremely callused, repeat this process daily until all of the callused skin has been removed.
  • A callus can be removed, but it is important to remember why it was there in the first place. If you remove callused skin without removing the irritation that caused it, you may find that your skin has become more sensitive to this irritation and that a new callus will form in its place.
  • Lemon juice increases the sensitivity of skin. Be careful when using lemon juice in any remedy involving skin and apply a lotion with an SPF of at least 15 to protect any area treated with lemon juice.

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