listerine toenail fungus

Listerine – toenail fungus gone in three easy steps

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Listerine toenail fungus

Three words that I never thought would go together in the same sentence. As lots of people, I know it mostly as a mouth wash.

Imagine my surprise to know that Listerine was apparently used by doctors in the 1800’s (apparently from around 1870) as an antiseptic.

listerine foot soak without vinegar

Listerine is also used for many other purposes. Some include helping with itchy bites (i.e. by a mosquito), cleaning toilets or tv screens, to help remove acne, to aid in eliminating smells from garbage just to name a few.

All the other benefits and uses aside, I bet you’re interested to know how Listerine can help to cure nail fungus…

Following are three different ways you can use Listerine to try and eradicate nail fungus.

Vinegar and Listerine foot bath

vinegar and listerine foot bathThe Ingredients used are vinegar, Listerine and water. Some people like to use white vinegar and some apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar would be my personal recommendation, as it is a vinegar recommended by lots of others whom swear by its fungal infection curing properties.

Simply add equal parts of Listerine and ACV to a tub of water. Now soak the affected area(s) in the mixture for about 20 – 30 minutes.

Remember to dry the soaked area well with a towel.

Also ensure that no one else touches or uses that towel until it has been washed. By doing so, you will ensure that you don’t transfer the fungal infection to someone else.

Repeat this process until the fungal infection is gone.

Listerine foot soak without vinegar

Some people may want to cure their toenail fungus without using vinegar. The method is the same as outlined above, but without using vinegar.

As an alternative, you can also use a cotton swab and apply the Listerine directly to the fungal infection.

Although it is undiluted, a lot of people that have tried both methods say that soaking it in a tub is better, as it gives the ingredients more time to get to the fungus by being able to soak in.

Listerine for toenail fungus side effects

I couldn’t find any recordings of serious side effects, when using Listerine to cure toenail fungus. The worst I could find was some people noting a slight change of color. This occurred when the Listerine was applied undiluted to the affected area. No need to worry if this happens, it is purely cosmetic and only temporary.

Another small side effect is that the alcohol inside Listerine could give a sharp burn when it comes into contact with open skin.

Listerine toenail fungus cure pros and cons

listerine toenail fungus cure pros and cons

The benefit of using Listerine for nail fungus, is that it is a product that you may already have at home.

Compared to other medications, it is relatively inexpensive.

The left-over Listerine could be used for many other purposes once your nail fungus is cured, as outlined in the introduction.

On the down side

Listerine could temporarily leave a color on your skin and / or the affected area. I don’t know about you, but I would much prefer having a small stain for a small amount of time than having nail fungus.

As for a small possible sting on open areas of your skin… if it was good enough for doctors to use as a disinfectant, it should be good enough for you. Right?

The biggest negative about using Listerine for toenail fungus is not a negative of Listerine per se. It is more to do with the fungal infection itself.

As fungus (and nails) take a long time to grow.

Seeing whether your efforts have a positive effect could take a long time (sometimes months).

What is the best cure for toenail fungus?

I am a big believer of using home remedies as much as I can, as I am sure you are too.

what is the best cure for toenail fungus


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Alternatively you can try Listerine or one of the many other home remedies on my site to see whether it cures your nail fungus.

Although some of the home remedies for toenail fungus works for some people, it doesn’t work for everyone.

And you have to wait a long time to see whether you are one of the lucky few…


6 thoughts on “Listerine – toenail fungus gone in three easy steps

  1. Prabakaran

    I was thinking Listerine is used only as a mouthwash.Thanks for letting us know the other uses of Listerine as well.Most of the people don’t take much care until the danger of losing their nail itself. The simple solution such as using Listerine for toenail fungus is great and people should get awareness about it. The post like yours should do this.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sally Jones Post author


      Glad to know that you found the post useful.

      Yes, there are many things one can use Listerine for. I guess you can write a whole article on the uses, and still not cover everything.

      As far as fungal infections go, yes, it is critical to cure nail fungus as soon as the signs are there. Not only will it increase your chance of successfully removing the nail fungus, but treatment should be quicker and thus easier.



  2. Jimmy

    I am not surprised that Listerine antiseptic mouthwash kills toenail fungus. I have used it in the past and it has a powerful strong kill germ taste.  It must be the antiseptic chemicals and alcohol that kills the fungus. You could kill 2 birds with one stone, rinse your mouth and then soak your feet, or the other way around, just kidding. 

    I wonder if the mint flavored Listerine would work?  Probably not, too much sugar and not enough antiseptic. 

    Just another thought, would you not have to apply this to you socks and shoes? The fungus must spread like crazy. 

    What a cheap solution to clear toenail fungus. 

    Thanks for the information.

    1. Sally Jones Post author

      Yes, it is mind boggling how many house hold products can be used to cure ailments. 

      Here is a link to the health line site, showing that not only is Listerine toenail fungus cure (study inside) but also used for many other ailments (i.e. athletes foot, cracked heels, etc) – including as a mouth wash 🙂

      As for your socks, I would recommend washing them regularly and leaving your shoes (if possible) out in the sun, when you can. 

  3. Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and it makes me having more insight.

    The only thing I knew about Listerine is that it was for your teeth, not for your nails and so.

    This is quite new for me but I like it, since I see the benefits.

    What I will do is show this post to my wife, be sure she will be as surprised as me.

    But thanks for posting this, because this can give good advantages for us!

    1. Sally Jones Post author

      Other than being a possible cure for toenail fungus, Listerine does have many great uses.

      The most obvious being a really good mouth wash 🙂

      Glad you found another use for it interesting. I found this link that shows even more uses, that I thought may be of interest to you.


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