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Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Not every home remedy we get is good or safe. The advice to use bleach on athlete's foot should not be followed. There are much safer home remedy options.

People are aware that bleach (sodium hypochlorite) has powerful cleaning power. People use this familiar household product to remove stains from sheets, towels and white clothes. They also use diluted bleach to remove mold and mildew in bathrooms and to sanitize toilets. Because chlorine bleach has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal activity, some visitors to this website have suggested using a dilute solution to treat nail fungus or athlete’s foot. People who are desperate to get rid of their ugly nail fungus may be tempted to try this approach. We find such advice worrisome.

Beware Bleach on Skin:

Q. You have sometimes written about ways to treat athlete’s foot, but you haven’t mentioned the best one: BLEACH! On the rare occasion that I get a toe fissure or itchy sole, I just pour several glugs of bleach into the shower and slosh about in it for a minute before I turn on the water.

One treatment is all it takes. Don’t worry; it’s only bleach.

A. Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) should NEVER be applied to the skin. It can cause irritation, burns and blisters. That’s why you’ve never seen such a recommendation here.

Just because “it’s only bleach,” does not mean it’s safe on the skin.

Some Readers Disagree:

Not everyone agrees with us that topical use of chlorine bleach can be hazardous. Some readers have responded critically to our caution.

Cynthia points out that bleach has been used for about 100 years in medicine:

“Guess what, bleach is safe when diluted! DAKINS SOLUTION, which is made for open surgical wounds, is a mix of chlorine bleach, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water! Here are directions on how to make it from the Department of Inpatient Nursing at Ohio State University: http://www.itstactical.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Dakins_Solution.pdf

“What do you think is used in swimming pools and jacuzzi/hot tubs? Chlorine! Bleach SHOULD NEVER BE USED FULL STRENGTH EVEN FOR CLEANING! IDIOTS NEED TO READ INSTRUCTIONS!

“Bleach is sometimes the best solution to use for bacteria such as C. Diff infections which require isolation in hospitals, and no, bacteria have not developed any resistance to bleach!”

Steve in Florida had good success with dilute bleach:

“I had horrible, debilitating athlete’s foot that I caught from the shower in the fitness center. For years, I tried all the over-the-counter cremes and a variety of organic oils from health stores. Nothing worked.

“Out of sheer desperation, yesterday, I soaked my feet with one tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of warm water for half an hour. What relief! My feet are feeling and looking great and the itch is gone.”

Historical Uses for Topical Chlorine Bleach:

Cynthia is right that the British chemist, Henry Dakin, developed a topical solution containing chlorine bleach to treat infected wounds during World War I. Dakin’s Solution was dilute chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite). While it is possible to make this at home (it requires 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda, 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 tsp. of 5.25% bleach and 4 cups of water), we strongly discourage home use. Creating the dilution correctly can be tricky. Accidentally getting bleach on skin can lead to the problems listed above.

Pharmacists can make Dakin’s Solution, but we strongly discourage DIY chemists from trying this in the bathroom.

Most hospitals rarely use this old-timey remedy these days, though Dakin’s Solution (DS) still has its advocates. An article in the Journal of Surgical Research (Dec. 2014) suggests that DS may negatively affect white blood cell (macrophage) survival and function. The authors note that killing off macrophages with DS “may result in impaired pathogen clearance and delayed healing.”

Despite reassurance by readers that dilute bleach is safe to treat nail fungus or athlete’s foot, some visitors to this website report problems:

Linda shared this unpleasant experience with dilute bleach:

“Maybe you would like to see a photo of my feet, with blisters from using 2 capfuls of bleach in a bowl of water. It does happen and I was shocked to have it happen to me.”

Avoid Bleach and Ammonia!

Some people get carried away in a cleaning frenzy. They assume that if a little is good then a “lottle” is better. They may mistakenly think that mixing two cleaners (ammonia and bleach) will work better than either alone. BIG MISTAKE!

Cynthia says that everyone should read instructions, but sadly many people don’t bother. When bleach and ammonia mix, highly toxic chloramine gases are created. They are highly irritating to the nose, throat and eyes. Damage to lungs can be very serious.

Other Ways to Overcome Athlete’s Foot:

There are many over-the-counter antifungal treatments that work well. One reader shared his experience:

“I have suffered from athlete’s foot and jock itch for years. My doctor recommended Zeasorb antifungal powder, which contains miconazole. This works wonders for me.”

Other remedies that readers praise include soaking the feet in dilute vinegar, amber Listerine, baking soda or Epsom salts solutions. One enterprising reader did an experiment on an old-fashioned remedy, soaking the affected foot in urine:

“Two months ago I instituted a quasi-experiment for a home remedy to treat my toenail fungus, which is on both feet. Each morning I treat only the right foot, using urine (heard on your syndicated public radio program).

“In the morning shower, I apply a small amount of surfactant (dish-detergent) with a paintbrush to the toenails of the right foot, dump some saved urine into a dedicated wastebasket, and then soak the toes for several seconds.

“After two months, there appears to be a remarkable improvement of the right foot over the left (which has remained untreated).”

Urine and certain other athlete’s foot remedies became popular as a way of controlling foot odor. You can learn more from our FREE Guide to Smelly Feet.

Should you wish to learn more about home remedies (not including bleach) for either athlete’s foot or nail fungus, our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, has lots!

Revised: by Joe Graedon on 8/10/17

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Obviously, if you’re getting burns from the bleach you’re using too much. I love how this page said to never ever do it and quickly got shut down.

It was my podiatrist that first recommended a bleach bath for my athlete’s foot. Dermatologist seconded it later on.

Bleach may be used for your feet so long as it is diluted and its use is not frequent and prolonged. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be recommended for the treatment of hookworm egg infections on exposed feet by medical professionals.

Huffington Post: “you should never use bleach on athlete’s foot. Over-the-counter products such as Tinactin will clear it up in a couple weeks!” Also the Huffington Post: “We would like to take this time to thank our sponser Tinactin Tough actin Tinactin!”

Full strength on toenails twice a week to treat toenail fungus. Then dry. No problems.

Dihydrogen Monoxide = H2O = water. Perfectly safe LOL

Sodium hypochlorite, at around 6% solution in a jug of bleach, is not what I’d worry about. It’s odd that the writer of this article, in telling what his or her opinion is about the substance, failed to mention the most dangerous chemical in that jug. That would be the rest of the solution; 94% dihydrogen monoxide! Please, for the love of all that is good, stay away from this extremely dangerous substance! People have been known to frequently die after total immersion in it! It is used in the production of most all hazardous chemicals known to man.

It is contained in various dangerous health-hazards such as vaccines, alcoholic drinks, and is even in the chemical cocktail they use for lethal injection! Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of dihydrogen monoxide are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol. It’s even been identified to be one of the largest ingredients in acid rain, and can be found in cancerous and pre-cancerous tissue.

So, it’s your life; do you really want to expose yourself to something this dangerous?

Ummm Dihydrogen monoxide = H2O .. which is water@@@

LOL.. it’s perfectly safe

I dont know if the above comment was a joke or what, but it’s totally wrong

I was just at my dermatologist for my foot fungus issues, and she is the one who recommended me to use bleach, and soak my feet.

I had athletes foot fungus and the fungus got into my nails.I tried a lot of different creams and even took oral medication which helped but didn’t get rid of it completely.

When the it got to the point where the itch would drive me crazy I took chlorine bleach into the bathtub and poured it full strength onto the tops of my feet.

The bleach would sting the skin on my feet I would wait afew minutes till the pain wore off then I rinsed them with water. After doing this a few times it went away and I havent had it for 15 years now

Bleach and pool chemicals are the exact same thing. Only difference is the concentration is higher in a pool. So sorry guys, no more swimming either! Lol

I’m wondering y athlete’s foot keeps returning? I’m gonna try the bleach! I’ve suffered toooo long! Embarrassing in the summertime! Where does it come from? Never barefooted? ? Answer, anyone?? Thank you

No, bleach and pool chlorine are NOT always the same! They sometimes are. You can put sodium hypochlorate in your pool/hot tub.. but there’s a TON of other chlorine and bromine solutions for the pool.. NEVER.. NEVER put pool chemicals on you

All bleach is NOT created equal. I’m concerned that some who used ‘bleach’ may not have been aware of the contents of their bottle. For disinfecting purposes, bleach labeled simply ‘REGULAR’ is 6% sodium hypochlorite and useful. Other bleaches labeled as CONCENTRATED, SPLASH-LESS regular, and (various) SCENTS can cause problems, especially burning, and although recommended for ‘cleaning’ may not be recommended for ‘disinfecting’! In other words before creating a solution for any purpose, including feet, READ THE whole LABEL.

I have fought athlete’s foot for 50 years. It had gotten into the toenails causing them to thicken to the point I had to use a Dremel grinder to thin them down before trimming. Tried all the over-the-counter stuff with no success. After helping friends mitigate flood damage (aka mold) with bleach, I figured what the heck: I use 2 glass bread pans. 1 capful of bleach in each. Fill half full with hot water. Soak feet until water gets cold while reading in the ‘library’ 3 times a week.

The change is dramatic. I couldn’t tell you where my Dremel is anymore and feet no longer peel, crack or itch.

try lamosil from the podiatrist … it works

I’ve had toenail fungus for more than 60 years. I have spent thousands ( yes, thousands) of dollars in treatments, including almost 2K$ for a state-of-the-art laser treatment that actually made it worse. Vinegar does not work, athlete’s foot treatments and creams do not work, antifungal pills do not work, (or work for a little while and it all comes roaring back). So, I’ll give this Clorox thing a try. Thank you to all who said that it did not work for them. They may be sensitive, or they used it at a high strength. I use Clorox all the time, and get it in my hands often. I used to volunteer in an animal shelter and we treated the runs every day with a Clorox solution that often got in my hands. I never had a problem. Now, why didn’t I think of using it for my nails? By the way, I have a relative who cured his toe-nail fungus with antifungal pills. His nails are clear, but his liver got injured by that treatment, and he developed a very serious health issue from that, which he will always have to contend with. Clorox cannot be worse than that.

My mother has the most horrible calcified fungal toenails! Since she’s mostly indoors and in bed, her feet are the worst. I finally did a foot soak with a new plastic tub (about 18″ X 24″). I put in warm water about half way…half a gallon, I’d say, more or less. I wanted to cover her feet but not have it overflow, Then, I added about a cup, maybe a tad more, of Clorox to the water, and put her feet in to soak for about an hour while watching TV. After that, I went in and did a hand rubdown of her feet while still in the water (yes, I got my hands wet with this).

Old dead skin just came falling off. I used a toothbrush to gently brush around her toenails and between toes…gotta be gentle, then it’s OK. Took that opportunity to clip her nails, too. The thick, calcified fungal parts of the nails were a little softer, but not all the way through. Didn’t want to get too aggressive, so after making sure all the old skin was off her feet and ankles, I just took her feet out of the plastic tub and dried them off, then let her just sit there enjoying the TV for about half an hour. Thing about chlorine is, it evaporates fairly quickly. Then it was back to bed. Next day, her feet were shiny smooth, not a bit of old, dead skin, and the fungus seemed to have lessened. Did the exact same thing one week later. Spaced it out to a week to give her feet a chance to recuperate.

No old, dead skin the second time, and continued to work on the monstrosity toenails. There are no adverse affects whatsoever. I DO NOT rinse her feet when I take them out of the tub, just a pat dry. Like I said, chlorine evaporates on its own, so no need. Skin looks bright, smooth, and no more itching. Nails are getting better, and clipping them has become easier. That’s it for now. Note: that’s a lot of chlorine: a cup in a half-gallon, but it’s working so well, I wonder if mere teaspoons in gallons would do anything at all. Thing is, I have a problem here, and I want to attack it hard without hurting the feet. What I’m doing seems to be working well so far so I’ll continue. Thanks.

I wondering if this is safe for diabetics?

I soaked my feet in equal parts bleach[ 4 cups] and warm water. This was to treat nail fungus, The top of my feet turned red but did not hurt. I cleaned off all the bleach from my feet, dried them and 7070before putting on my sox I used rubbing alcohol ( 70%) as an extra measure to rid me of this fungus. MY GOD IT BURNED LIKE FIRE! DONT USE THE BLEACH! Its been an hour and they still sting.

I think using a 1:1 ratio of bleach to water should only be used when you really want to destroy something, Bill. It sounds like you succeeded.

I’m a Clorox fan, but a half-and-half solution seems a little over the top. Try 1+ cup in a half gallon of water, and extend the soaking time to an hour or two. No need to rinse afterward, just pat dry. Chlorine evaporates very quickly…and for Pete’s sake, do NOT use alcohol afterward. If you just GOTTA rinse, rinse with clean water. See how this works for you. I have a buck that says it’ll be better.

The alcohol was a bad idea, not the bleach.

PLEASE LISTEN for the Free Easy Cure.

DRY you feet after EVERY wash COMPLETELY and EXCESSIVELY.

Growing up I was such a sufferer that my own mother ran when I took off my shoes. Feet burned and itched to no end, Red Flaming Rashes. One day my Brother said “Well,Stupid, if you will just DRY your feet after the Shower” (talking about School showers after PE) the Athlete’s Foot will go away. Darned if it did not immediately go away & Trust me I DRY the HECK out of my feet EVER Since. Never had an issue again.
Please People Spread the word. DRY YOUR FEET, BETWEEN TOES & ALL.
DRY, DRY, DRY.

I’ve suffered from athlete’s foot since 1990, and I finally turned to bleach after all other remedies failed, and bleach is working. I’m sorry, but you are dead wrong and need to remove or edit this article.

Chlorine is used in our drinking water. I swim aften. Chlorine is used in my pool treatment weekly. I use chlorine in dish water. I am now trying this on my feet. I’ve had terrible athletes feet for the past 25 years

A 10% solution of bleach and water is offen use in food service spaces as a disinfectant. It is an option set forth b y the Health Department. This is what I recommend, as it is what I use on my feet.

I turn to this site for advice quite frequently but I have to say that after reading this article I’m second-guessing myself for doing so. When diluted properly, bleach is proven to have positive results against many skin afflictions. This article is obviously born of opinion, and lacks fact. Quoting research quantified with words like “may” further exposes the opinionative nature of the piece.

My dermatologist recommended a “bleach bath” once a week to help stop recurrent skin infections caused by my RA medications. It also keeps my skin clearer and–believe it or not–softer. Use a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of household regular strength bleach in a full tub of water (remember, less is more). Fill the tub BEFORE you get in. I wash in the water like a regular bath–including my hair–with no issue.

You will smell a bit like a plastic pool toy afterwards but I’ve grown to like it because, to me, it means I’ve beaten back the germs that kept screwing up my medication regimen. Bleach really doesn’t smell unless it is killing something. Swimmers who rinse off BEFORE getting in a pool notice far less bleach smell than those who don’t. So, if you want, shower before your bleach bath. I also recommend a quick clean water rinse after the bath. Helps cut down on the smell and rinses any “sensitive” areas. Plus, I always feel like taking a bath is like “stewing in your own swill” (as my mom used to say). So, I like to rinse afterwards anyway.

I’ve I sometimes suffer from dermatitis blisters on my feet from the heat and sweating in shoes. Bleach is the only thing that has saved me from loosing my job. Once these blisters start, they just keep multiplying. Bleach has saved me. There is nothing wrong with putting two small cap fulls into a four gallon foot pan and soaking for just 5 mins. This has caused my blisters to dissolve the next day and shrink down level with the base of my skin. I’ve been going to dermatologists for years and nothing they sells ever works. The rule is, anything in moderation is OK. I do realize that bleach kills living organisms which is what your skin is. This is why I would only soak for 5 mins with a very small amount in a foot pan of water. Then when you take your feet out, rinse them well. The bleach gets deep into the skin and does it thing. Look at swimmers, they have some of the most healthy feet from the chlorine in pools.

Off topic but: I’ve also discovered that using none scented cloth detergents helped me with my feet. The issue with fragrance and fabric softeners is that when your feet sweat, the dampness in the socks releases the fragrances from the socks into the skin andreally causes issues for some people like myself.

Bleach followed by vinegar then washing in water is good. The vinegar’s acidity neutralizes the bleach’s alkalinity. It seems to be helping alongside prescription anti-fungal cream.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar? It works for many fungii including ring worm, jock itch, athletes foot.

Mild solution is OK

I and every painter that worked for me has spent sometimes 3-4 consecutive days literally drenched in bleach water while pressure washing apartment buildings or entire streets of condos paid for by home owners associations. Literally soaked all day.

Honestly, it’s frustrating to hear such conservative opinions involving medical advice……It’s not that I have some special resistance to these “Blisters” and “skin irritations” my entire crew took turns under the 8 hour “bleach rain” pressure washing two story buildings soaked down to your underwear. Yes, I would think your privates might be extra sensitive to such “reckless disregard for caution” yet I’ve never experienced or heard a complaint from an employee after literally soaking for 8 hours straight in bleach water. Sometimes for days at a time!!!!

I had horrible, debilitating athlete’s foot that I caught from the shower in the fitness center. For years, I tried all the over-the-counter cremes and a variety of organic oils from health stores. Nothing worked.

Out of sheer desperation, yesterday, I soaked my feet with one tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of warm water for half an hour. What relief! My feet are feeling and looking great and the itch is gone.

@Joel – that’s just aspirin, if you’re crafty you can make your own aspirin cream too, but a similar product is called amylactin is OTC. When it works (ie. finds dead skin that hasn’t sloughed off yet…) it smells like ammonia, so once you smell that smell, wash it off and scrub off the dead skin which is loose now. At least that’s what I do.

As far as bleach, it’s one of the quickest degrading chemicals you could use, so I’m pretty sure the blistering stuff we’re reading about is just basic chemical sensitivity /allergy. Anyone can be allergic to anything. Grass isn’t bad just because some people are allergic to it. If your hands itch in the hot tub or swimming pool, if your mouth burns from city water with bleach in it, then probably you should look for another solution. Otherwise bleach is probably fine for you. Personally I hold with the higher concentrations, but not every day. There are so many other germ killing things out there. Rotating them is better, and let’s not forget, if it’s on the nails, file the nail down as much as you dare (from the top down, not the edge) to get rid of the home the germs have made.

Also many people have noticed that if you get put on quinolones, your toenail “fungus” is gone too. Next time you have a nasty enough cold to need that, jump on the chance and kill those germs good. Not all the things that live in your nails are funguses.

I called to talk to my doctor about writing me a prescription for athletes foot because the over the counter stuff wasn’t working and his nurse told me to soak my feet in dilluted bleach 3 times a day for 3 days. I don’t think a nurse would advise it if it’s “dangerous”. Probably not the best thing for your skin but a whole lot better than athletes foot if you ask me!

I use Dakin’s ssolution on a diabetic ulcer every day. It does not hurt and has so far kept the infection at bay.

My brother worked at a bar and had to mop the floor with a bleach solution. He had athlete’s foot and his shoes would get wet with it. His althetes foot did get better with it.

I used to wipe my feet with rubbing alcohol following gym classes. Never got athoetes foot.

Today’s topic and discussion is a blessing for me. I accidentally burned the bottom of one foot with a cleaning product I used in the tub. I think I failed to rinse the mat and bottom of the tub properly and then, later, stepped onto the mat as I showered. That one foot is red on the pressure points, and my heel is sensitive and has continued to peel. I admit I was careless and caused my problem, but that is a moot point now. I thank you for all points made here, and I will try the Olive Oil, etc and hope for some relief.

As a teenager, I had chronic athlete’s foot, cracks between the toes, redness, the whole catastrophe. In my freshman year of college I took a job as a lifeguard at a health club. One of my duties was to slop down the showers with an industrial strength bleach daily, which I did in my uniform – swimsuit – barefoot. It stung, but nothing awful. By the time I quit the job a few months later, athlete’s food was gone. Forever. That was over fifty years ago, and I have never had athlete’s foot again.
I have also had ‘crotch rot’, and sebhorreic dermatitis, but not had the inclination or guts to try the same cure.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. recommends using a cotton q-tip to apply organic SESAME SEED OIL to areas of the foot that are infected with athlete’s foot fungus, and then wearing clean, dry, cotton socks to keep the sesame oil in contact with the infected parts of the feet–at least at night while sleeping.

I tried this, and IT WORKS! The reason it works, I believe, is that the sesame seed oil prevents oxygen from reaching the athlete’s foot fungus, and this kills the fungus, due to oxygen deprivation.

The second I put the sesame seed oil (organic, plain, not the toasted oil) onto my athlete’s foot areas between my toes (red, inflamed, itchy, painful), I felt RELIEF FROM BURNING, ITCHING, and it worked quite quickly (just took a few days) to kill the athlete’s foot fungus!

On a hunch, after trying over the counter Cure for toe nail fungus, and unable to get a prescription ( as it is very hard on the kidney’s ) i tried Tea Tree Oil for husbands severe nail fungus..
It works. About 3 months now and it is almost to the top of his nail as the new growth has come in below.
Our Dr was very pleased at the results, Our son now has tried it and equally same results for him
I purchase the TT Oil at Fred Meyer Store Nutrician Department. just a drop on the effected area every day,

GUESS WHAT Bleach is safe when diluted!!! DAKINS SOLUTION which is made for OPEN SURGICAL WOUNDS is a mix of chlorine bleach, sodium bicarbonate ( baking soda) and water!! from Ohio State University here are the directions on how to make: http://www.itstactical.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Dakins_Solution.pdf There is much MISINFORMATION and you are passing it on!! What do you think is used in swimming pools and jacuzzi/hot tubs?? Chlorine!! only stronger than what is in chlorine bleach. Bleach SHOULD NEVER BE USED FULL STRENGTH EVEN FOR CLEANING!!! IDIOTS NEED TO READ INSTRUCTIONS!! Bleach is sometimes the best solution to use for bacteria such as C. Diff infections which require isolation in hospitals, and no bacteria have not developed any resistance to Bleach!!

Hot air – from your hair dryer will knock out athletes foot fungus quickly. I have done this periodically over many years. If I have been outdoors- Sailing with wet feet, playing tennis or softball for a long time or working outdoors (6 hours) in the hot, wet heat of Florida, athletes foot comes back.
I pull off the loose skin between my toes. then turn on the hair dryer on high, place it to blow between my toes, and move it in and out. Avoid too much heat too close- just on the edge of pain for 1 minute. Next day that skin will be dry and the fungus is gone. It will not come back again until you are careless and leave wet shoes on.

Now to kill the toenail fungus- a recent problem, but athletes foot has gone away!

I cleared up my athletes foot by accident. I didn’t even realize I had athletes foot – I thought that I just had very dry feet. I was trying to cure toenail fungus and alternated soaking my feet every day in straight vinegar (5%) and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide needs to be diluted 1 part to 2 parts water as it’s a bit too strong to use straight up. I soaked them for about 15 or 20 minutes each night. My feet were soft as a baby’s after about 2 weeks. Sadly it didn’t work for the toenail fungus so I’m going to try a diluted bleach solution and see how that goes.

I purchased some relatively inexpensive rubber boots, removed the sole insert and soaked my feet in those. That way I could move around, sit at my computer, watch TV etc. It also allowed me to use much less solution compared to filling up a foot soak tub. You have to walk slowly though so the liquid doesn’t slosh out of the boots. If you try this get them a couple of sizes too large so they are easy to get in and out of.

That’s really hysterical, but a good idea too. Bravo

Thr rubber boot idea is really awesome. I know how you are kind of restrained if you have to sit and soak in a tub.

I’ve used sodium hypochlorite bleach before and it works a treat, and I’ve never had burns or blisters.

Also I agree about the importance of dryness. Another good remedy is to use a hairdryer, as hot as you can stand, around the affected areas.

Ok, so now I learn to never use Chlorine to treat athletes foot… how can I stop the burning? I will never touch clorox again. But sure could use

Ive actually had a podiatrist who treated me for toenail fungus and ingrown infection tell me to use a bleach/water foot soak. It worked, why would a doctor recommend something that would harm? Bleach worked!

I looked on your site to see if bleach can be used to cure athletes foot. There is some information on the topic but it doesn’t actually answer the question.
Does bleach cure athletes foot?

Although I’m a huge fan of using bleach, it is NEVER a good idea to use in such quantities as suggested in the original question. Just No. Seriously a big No! If you’re using it on your skin make sure you have diluted it enough. Think swimming pool! Several jugs is a no. My guess is that person was making a joke at others expenses. Not funny and not cool.

The question poster said several GLUGS not jugs. It has worked remarkably well for me! I use it diluted in a foot soak twice a week and the other nights I have used sea salt and Epsom salts combined. The best results come after the diluted bleach water foot bath with a good 45 -60 min soak. Just sayin’. Then I cover my feet in Vicks Vapor Rub and my feet tingle so good! I sleep with clean soaks on and remove in the morning to improve feet. For a really bad case of Moccasin style athletes foot that affects the whole sole of the foot with dry calloused cracks and several it hinges it will take literally 4 weeks of diligent nightly treatment. Totally worth it and don’t give up! And the cost in comparison to using the fungal creams and powders is huge. Treat your shoes and wear a different pair daily allowing each pair to fully dry out and spray inside with Lysol even or sprinkle baking soda in them.

Glugs, not jugs.

Obviously there is no “one solution fits all”. Because we are all individuals what may be good for one might not be good for another. My suggestion would be before trying anything on your own to consult your family/personal doctor. Be sure that she/he has all the information she/he needs (if she/he doesn’t already) to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to ask any and all questions that pop into your mind (like “Can I use bleach?”, “Is this remedy better than that?”, “What are the possible side effects of this or that treatment?”, etc.). Try the doctors advice first, then, if you don’t like it, get another opinion from her/him. At the end of the day though, remember, the final decision is yours. It’s your body, just try to make informed, rational decisions.

I applied diluted bleach to a stubborn ringworm that my daughter had on her face and it cleared it up in 2 days.

Bleach is perfectly fine to use on the skin. In fact, evidence-based practice has shown that, when a stubborn infection such as pseudomonas persists in a non-healing skin ulcer, Dakin’s solution is a safe and effective medication in killing the bacteria. This is placed on an open wound. I can’t imagine that it would be harmful on a fungal rash.

Dakin’s solution is NOT household bleach. Dakin’s is made from sodium hypochlorite.

I have a fungus affecting my outside fish tanks. I was hoping that I could use bleach in the tanks to kill the fungus. All the fish have been removed and we have scrubbed & cleaned the tanks. I’m trying 1/2 cup of bleach to 75 gallons of water.

Now that I’ve already used the bleach and have blisters what can I do now?

How can it be said that bleach is bad? To say that bleach is “bad and causes burns” cannot possibly be correct. I would like to see the scientific papers that support this claim. No, maybe there aren’t any scientific studies that support the opposite conclusion either. But think of this: As sodium hypochlorite is used in swimming pools, this would mean that anyone who ever went swimming in a swimming pool would get blistered and chemically burnt to a crisp – but this obviously does not happen. Sure, maybe several “glugs” may be too much, but I am sure there is a moderate bleach-to-water ratio that could be used with satisfactory results, with no risk as claimed here.

The website doesnt want to be sued for recommending something that can injure you. Yes, bleach is ok for humans in a DILUTED form. The city even puts a small amount in city water. I used to work in the food industry and the last stage of washing dishes was to dip them in a solution of maybe 8 gal water to 1/4 cup bleach. This never burnt my hands. I would start there or maybe even at 1/8th cup, Scrub my feet with a nail cleaning brush for 30 seconds. Then immediately rinse my foot and use the blow dryer like another poster stated.

Be smart if you use home remedies. You shouldnt melt your foot off with a hair dryer and you shouldnt use straight bleach. If you dont think about such things, you shouldnt use home remedies.

Maybe you would like to see a photo of my feet, with blisters from using 2 capfuls of bleach in a bowl of water… it does happen and I was shocked to have it happen to me…

I ruined my feet doing what someone said they did by pouring some bleach in their shower water. I’ve been trying for five years to regain the texture of the skin on the bottom of my feet. My feet feel “rubbery” and have been peeling ever since. I tried Udder cream…yes, the stuff they use on cows for lubricating their udders. No success. I just bought a “Ped-Egg” to sand off the peeling skin. It’s making my skin too thin, I think. Any other help out there??

As a former lifeguard, none of our staff ever suffered from Athlete’s Foot or Acne. The chlorine count in our public pool was high enough to kill these fungus and bacteria.. We wandered in and out of the locker rooms and pool decks barefoot all day long. Yeast infections from sitting in soggy bathing suits were common.

I have found that none of the available creams, lotions, etc. work for my athletes foot. What does work is dryness. Every time I put on or remove my shoes, I draw my socks back and forth between all my toes. I very seldom get an infection. When I do, it clears up faster that it ever did with medications. Side effect: it removes any “toe jam” which causes foot odor.

Dryness does, indeed, work. I’ve treated minor athlete’s foot episodes successfully numerous times by swabbing my feet with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol has a powerful dehydrating effect and by applying it once or twice daily, the athlete’s foot is usually gone within two days. It works better than commercial preparations, although it can sting a bit if the skin has become cracked or there are broken blisters from the fungus.

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