{First of all, let me just say that to those of you who hate feet like I do… I apologize in advance for this post. There is just no way to show you my secret method for removing the dead skin cells off my feet without showing my feet, and the disgusting “before” picture! Thankfully, now they always look like the after pic (which is still a gross “foot” picture… but at least it’s not quite as disgusting.}

It was flip-flop season and I had to remove the dead skin cells on my feet. I was so embarrassed.

Cracked, dry feet are not pretty at all. And when you live in the flip-flop capital of the world, it’s hard not to wear them when the sun is shining and the air is warm. And plus they are super easy to put on and remove, keeping the dirt and germs out of my house. #momwin

Something needed to be done and fast to remove the dead skin cells on my feet. But what was I to do?

I was talking to a friend and I mentioned that I needed to go to the nail salon to get a pedicure because my feet were bad. She said that she never goes to the salon but that she uses Listerine to remove the dead skin cells on her feet instead. I was shocked!

She then said that there was some magic ingredient in the Listerine that helps to remove the dead skin and makes her feet super soft. I begged her for the list of super secret ingredients that would magically make my feet smooth and soft. Thankfully she obliged. I thanked her and excitedly ran to the store to get the supplies.

(You might even have them already on hand in your stockpile).


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These dead skin cells on my feet had to go!

While I don’t mind treating myself to a pedicure every once in a while, I really didn’t want to go to the salon. It’s really time-consuming. I don’t always have an hour plus travel time just so someone can pamper my feet. So this recipe had to work faster than going to the salon.

It also had to be cheaper than paying for the feet pampering. A pedicure is $30+ including the tip. So it had to be cheaper than that!

So I gave it a try…and it works! (For a fraction of the cost of a pedicure too!)

I can’t believe the dead skin cells on my feet are gone and my skin is smooth.

So are you ready to give it a try? Let’s get to work on removing your yucky dead skin cells!

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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 Cup Listerine Naturals (Yes, it has to be a clear variety otherwise you could stain your feet. Trust me 😉 )
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Hot/Warm Water
  • Dishpan or Deep bowl (this can be found at the dollar store but I just use an old plastic drawer or deep bowl. Anything that will fit my feet inside.)
  • Bath towel
  • Lotion or Olive Oil
  • Optional: Pumice Stone (can be found at the dollar store)

For skin that is very dry and cracked, you may need a pumice stone to help get rid of more dead skin cells on your feet.

Did you know that Listerine has natural anti-fungal properties? It can help prevent fungal infections on your feet including athlete’s foot! Yay for double duty purposes!

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I realize my feet were horribly cracked and kinda disgusting. But there was no other way to show you how they looked and how crazy good they looked after the soak (and I waited over 2 hours to let them dry before taking the after photo).

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into the dish tub.
  2. Soak feet for about 10 minutes or until the water starts to get cold.
  3. Dry off your feet with the towel. You should notice dry skin coming off with the towel.

Please Note: If your skin is severely dry and cracked, this soak may not remove all the dead skin cells on the first try. You may need to scrub with a pumice stone and soak them several times (not on the same day) to get pretty feet. I’ve got some extra tips to help keep them pretty though!

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So What Does It Cost?

  • 1 Cup Listerine Naturals (has to be a clear variety) = $1.56
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar = 17¢
  • 1 Cup Hot/Warm Water = $0
  • Dishpan = $0 (can be found at the dollar store; add $1 to your total if you don’t have one)
  • Bath towel = $0
  • Lotion or Olive Oil = $0 (as you probably already have some at home)
  • Optional: Pumice Stone = $0 (can be found at the dollar store; add $1 to your total if you don’t have one)

Total Cost: $1.73 Per Use (Even if you add in a pumice stone and a $5 bottle of nail polish, you are WELL below the cost of a pedicure! Plus the time savings can’t be beat either.)

It’s incredible how cheap this recipe is to remove the dead skin cells from your feet!

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How To Keep Your Feet Feeling Soft

I realize it almost seems unbelievable that those are the same feet. I let a little over 2 hours pass between the photos in order to let my feet thoroughly dry before taking the picture. I wanted to make sure you didn’t think they were good looking because they were wet from soaking.

This mixture truly works to get rid of the dead skin off your feet!

There are several more tricks to keep your feet soft.

  1. Wear socks & shoes. When you go barefoot or wear flip flops every day, your skin dries out and then you get the ugly cracks. Wearing socks and shoes occasionally will help your feet to not dry out as often.
  2. Moisturize every day. Since your skin is drying out, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer and is super cheap too.
  3. Wear socks to bed. While this may seem strange, socks can help keep moisture in at night. So if you moisturize your feet, then put on your socks, it’s a great way for your feet to really soak in that moisturizer overnight. I put moisturizer on my feet every single time I put on my sneakers. That way I’m moisturizing my feet while they are in my shoes!
  4. Use essential oils. Peppermint oil is great for the skin and is also great at helping to kills odors and germs. Geranium, Lavender, Chamomile, and Sandalwood essential oils are all great for dry skin.
  5. Exfoliate weekly or several times a week. Sometimes I do this when I’m in the shower, just to keep up with keeping the skin fresh on my feet. A good scrub with a pumice stone weekly helps to keep that dry skin at bay.

Ten minutes is all it took to remove the dead skin cells and make them look so much better! This recipe is so much faster than going to the salon to get a pedicure. Yes, I understand that they also massage your legs, trim your nails and paint your little piggies, but sometimes we just don’t have time for that!

And this recipe is so much cheaper to remove those dead skin cells on your feet! When you are trying to save your pennies, every penny counts!

This recipe actually works so well! You’ll want to use this recipe for the rest of your life!

YOUR TURN: Have you tried this recipe to remove the dead skin cells on your feet before? Let me know in the comments below!

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