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…


2 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.




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