Salt and vinegar soak for soft feet.

My new year’s resolution for this month is to experiment with making my own household and beauty products.  A few nights ago, I was researching some recipes and I found one that was too weird not to try.  It suggested using a foot soak made of salt and vinegar to soften dead skin on the feet.  As it’s summer, and my toes are on display all the time, I figured it was worth a shot.

DSCF7447And you know what?  It worked a treat!  The dry skin on my feet came off easily with a pumice stone after a short soak in this concoction.  My toes are super soft and gorgeous. I just had to share this weird-yet-brilliant home remedy with you.

You will need:

– 1/4 cup white vinegar

-2 tablespoons salt

– 2 cups of water

– Large bowl or bucket

– Towel

– Pumice stone or foot file.

Step 1.

Mix the vinegar, salt and water in the bowl or bucket.  Make sure that there is enough liquid to cover your feet.  If you need to, add a bit more water and a splash more vinegar until you have enough.

Step 2.

Soak your feet in the vinegar mixture for 15-20 minutes.  Chill out with a book, a magazine or an episode of The Office.

Step 3.

Carefully towel dry your feet.

Step 4.

Use your pumice stone or foot file to gently slough the dead skin off your feet.  You might want to spread a towel on the floor to catch all the fall-out.

This method can be used once a week to keep your feet soft and smooth.  You can also use a vinegar foot soak to treat athlete’s foot or to deal with smelly feet (the vinegar will kill the bacteria that create foot odour).

Do you have any weird-but-brilliant home beauty remedies?



  1. That sounds great! I used to spend a small fortune on face products – and my skin still wasn’t that great. Now I use a microfibre to clean, a mix of 1:1 apple cider vinegar to water to tone, and then a small amount of moisturizer after that – my skin is much much better.

    • Since I switched to simpler products, my skin has improved so much. I think I was making my skin stressed out with all the chopping and changing I was doing!

  2. Wow, that is such a cool, super easy (and inexpensive) beauty treatment. I love it! My feet often get quite dry, too, the whole year round, so I’ll definitely be giving this a whirl (though I suspect it will really make me crave delicious salt and vinegar potato chips/crisps when I do 🙂 ).

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for the wonderfully sweet birthday wishes for Miss Annie. She sends her love and canine kisses out to you in return.

    • I can’t believe how well it worked. I definitely recommend it if you’ve got dry feet. Follow it up with a luxurious foot balm and you’re all set. And why not grab a pack of chips while you’re at it? All the better to kick back and relax with.

      And many kisses and belly-rubs to Miss Annie!

  3. I am going to have to try this one I think.

    My favourite home made mask at the moment is yoghurt and tumeric. Tumeric makes the face more luminous…BUT (heavy disclaimer here) it is part of an indian wedding ritual (I think) and on pale skin it can make you look sallow if you don’t get all the tumeric off. Luckily cold cream will get rid of all the yellow. My face is so soft and glowy afterwards.

    • Oooh, I think I’m going to have to try that. I used to have a green face mask (it had all kinds of herbs in it) that used to leave a green tinge on my skin. I always felt a bit like The Wicked Witch of the West after a facial. I loved it though.

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