bottles of listerine and white vinegar

Q. You receive many letters about nail fungus and I wanted to share my experience. Our daughter contracted a foot fungus while swimming at a local club when she was six. We’ve tried a lot of different anti-fungal products but I didn’t want to give her oral medicine.
The podiatrist suggested a mixture of half white vinegar and half Listerine. I dab it onto her toes every morning with a cotton ball. Finally her toenails are pink and healthy-looking. It works but it takes a very long time.

A. We first wrote about using a mixture of white vinegar and Listerine for nail fungus in the spring of 2005 after hearing about its potential from one reader. Some people dab it on their nails while other soak their feet in the solution. (It can be reused several times.)
The herbal oils in Listerine have anti-fungal activity, as does the alcohol. Vinegar makes the toes acidic, which discourages the spread of fungus. Perhaps they provide more power together than individually.

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  1. amonteith

    I have had psoriasis since I was about 6. Twenty years later I have finally found out that eating gluten and using skin, hair, and any oral or topical products containing gluten (wheat, barley, rye)is what caused my beak outs. I don’t know why this happens but I have done trial and error and it proves right every time. However being gluten free is very difficult for me and my be so for your young grandchild.
    I hope this works for her! You may need to do some research, gluten is found in many everyday products and foods.

  2. Melissa

    I am a pharmacist, I have used everything that is prescribed for seborrhea dermatitis. Nothing would touch the scales. It started getting on my face and bleeding in the corner of my mouth. Finally, I started reading about vinegar and came up on the Listerine. In one day, I have 75% improvement in my hair and it is gone on my face. I mix the Listerine with baby oil and let it sit for at least 30 minutes and it disappears. I am so glad I didn’t have to step it up to something like the Eledyl cream.

  3. Serena

    I’ve been using the vinegar/listerine mixture on my feet now for a month. It is working beautifully. I got toenail fungus from a nail salon, and have had it for over 3 years. This is the only thing that has even touched the fungus (I’ve done tea-tree, vicks vapo rub, and painted some of everything on my toes religiously). My nail is now finally growing back normally and the fungus has turned white (from greenish-brown) and the toenail is no longer spongy. I’ll be able to wear sandals without bandaids very soon! Not only is listerine/vinegar good for the toenails, but my feet have never looked better – the cracks and redness have disappeared. I soak my feet every night for 15-30 minutes. And I’m going to continue doing this until my toenails have completely grown out, at least 3 times per week.

    • Monica

      So can you tell me how much Vinegar and how much Listerine and do you add that to water???

  4. J. Scott

    If she were able to swallow turmeric capsules would it be too much for a three year old?
    My granddaughter has severe psoriasis and has used many over the counter and prescription salves and creams which only help a little.

  5. dsg

    hi i read on earthclinic that turmeric is also good for the treatment of boils usually within 24 or 48hrs,1tsp 3xday hope this helps someone

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