Sunday, July 21, 2013

Have Cracked Heels? This works





I have finally found a DIY  formula that worked for my severely dry and cracked heels. The formula is a combination of something I had already been doing plus something  new I found on a Pinterest post.

 At first I thought the Pinterest post was really odd. It recommended using mouthwash like Listerine  to help fix cracked heals. I was doubtful, but at the same time curious because I have had a lifelong battle with dry rough heels that frequently crack and hurt. 

 Well, believe it or not, the Listerine remedy plus what I had already been doing worked for me and transformed my heals into soft nice heals.

Although this remedy has been working for me, it didn't work the first time I used it. !! It took about 4 times of using the Listerine before I began to see some positive results.

Basically It's a DIY easy " foot soak"  that can be made up in just 30 seconds!! It's that simple!. In fact, I'm soaking in it right now, as I write this post. In addition, it's also a very cooling and soothing  soak for hot and tired feet.  

Don't think I haven't already tried many other  remedies over the years-
  1. I've done the Vaseline every night and white socks.routine. Helped a little, but didn't heal the cracks, and it's hard to sleep with socks in the summer. 
  2. Vaseline and plastic bags tied over the feet. Forget that one, you could really get hurt on a bathroom run, very slippery.
  3.  Over the counter  foot creams and " as seen on TV products- Also, didn't do anything , I guess my feet are too resistant; I need more than cream
  4.  Prescription cream- DID NOTHING
  5. Regular Pedicures- polished toes look great,  but it barely helps my heals
  6. A Microplane shaver- this is what has always worked the best for me. It does a great job taking off the really dry hard skin and works better than a pedicure. This has always been the best solution, but I still needed something to soften the heals as well  In combination, this new soak and regular use of the microplaner really softened and healed cracks
  7. .I used  THE ORIGINAL Microplane Colossal Foot File Pedicure Rasp Pink  microplaner.
Here is what I do that works:

  • I use this simple mouthwash foot soak  3-4  times a week ( now only twice a week) 
  • the microplane tool twice a week to remove hard dry skin
  • a little cream afterward microplaning  


 Here is what a microplane looks like:  THE ORIGINAL Microplane Colossal Foot File Pedicure Rasp Pink

My heels are finally looking good and I'm thrilled.
.If your heels are not really that bad , you probably only need to soak once a week and microplane once a week.

The DIY Magical Foot Soak: 
  • 1/2 cup clear uncolored  Listerine (actually any mouthwash will do)  However, don't use blue colored mouthwash; it will make your feet blue ( really, it did !!) 
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 cup Water or more
  • 1 foot basin 
Mix the uncolored Listerine, Vinegar, and water. Soak for 20 minutes.. Use a loofah to remove any dead skin. Wash off feet..

                                                           
Listerine, vinegar, water 
                   
                   

                 
Before ( ouch!!)
                       
                  
AFTER  
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. The information in this post is for educational purposes only. I am simply sharing what worked for me. Always check with your doctor before trying anything new.    

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29 comments:

  1. Wow! This is worth a try. The older I get, the worse the cracked, dry heels and those pedicures are expensive!

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    1. This works better for the dryness and cracking than a pedicure

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  2. I use a cream specifically for the feet (there are many good ones) RELIGIOUSLY after every shower or bath; I have done this for several years and it has kept my feet in amazing shape. I'm excited to try your recipe in between pedicures.

    Judith

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  3. Did you mean heels ?
    Do you take Cod liver oil? ~ a wonderful source of
    Vit A & D...

    Good recipe if it works !

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  4. That is really a difference. I saw this on Pinterest and was wondering if it worked. How nice to have a real testimony.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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    1. It worked for me, but as I said , not the first time. I had to soak for about 4 days before I saw any real results

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  5. uncolored listerine? I have seen gold and green/blue. I have never seen a clear one. Dang it. I do microplane as well as getting that done at the salon but this sounds wonderful and less expensive!

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    1. you are right, it is the gold color

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    2. There is a clear version now-Listerine Naturals

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  6. Hmmm, I wonder if this will help my dry, cracking skin on the tops of my big toes? I can scrub it off with a pumice stone, but it comes right back. I think I'll try it with just vinegar first, since I hate the smell of Listerine.

    The fact that Listerine and/or vinegar works implies that your dry skin is caused by some sort of bacteria. On the other hand, it might be about having the right kind of acid to soften the skin. Interesting.

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  7. This is very interesting! I'm happy to hear that it actually works, thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  8. Wow, that's amazing! Don't you sometimes wonder how people come up with something like this? I mean, who would think to soak their feet in Listerine, lol!

    I have heard of this before and also heard not to soak your feet in it for too long. But obviously 20 minutes is fine as you did it that long! :)

    Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party!

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  9. I'm a big fan of flip-flops so this is good info to know. By the end of the summer my feet are pretty gross and dry.

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  10. I'm on my feet a lot for my job. It's really done a number on my feet, including cracked/rough skin on my heels. Thanks for sharing,Judee. Will have to try!

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  11. Wow, that is terrific. I recently tried one using Epson salts. I'm pinning this! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  12. I would love to try this Judee, Thanks for sharing with Herath and Soul blog hop.

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  13. Really interesting! I don't have Listerine around but I do have vinegar, maybe I'll try that first. My feet always get dry in summer since I'm barefoot all the time ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it : )

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  14. This is interesting! I always have horribly cracked heals. However we don't use mouthwash. Off to google what's in it, maybe I can find an alternative.

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    1. Listerine now makes a colorless mouthwash without dyes. I 'm not sure about the rest of the ingredients. If you find a good substitute please share with me.

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  15. So informative! Love the simplicity of the healing fix. Thanks for posting! :)

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    1. you are welcome. I hope that this simple formula for healing cracked heals will work for you too. It was quite a transformation..

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  16. Wow, amazing difference and all with ingredients that most of us have! Thanks for linking this up at Think Tank Thursday. I have featured this great tip today. http://www.saving4six.com/2013/07/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-41.html

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  17. So glad I found this! I was going to try the Vaseline and plastic bags tonight. I never thought about it being slippery. Thanks for the tip!

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  18. My feet are worse in the summer because I wear sandals or go barefoot. My husband used his dremel on my feet once, when I suggested it, because they were so rough. It worked well, but not something to do every day. I've been curious about this remedy. I'm glad to know it actually works.

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    1. I know , I saw the remedy for a long time before I actually tried it. It worked well for me.

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  19. Haven't heard about the Listerine fix. I'll have to remember that. I've also heard that coconut oil works too.

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    1. Hi Janet,
      It's all over Pinterest. That's where I got the idea. It sounded so intriguing that I had to try it. I was pleased with the results. But it did take a little time and effort.

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  20. Wow, this was an amazingly helpful post.

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    1. Thank you. This DIY remedy worked for me, but it takes a little time.

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