What do Listerine, rice, apple cider vinegar, Vick's Vapo Rub and Vaseline all have in common? Turns out they all make great hacks for do-it-yourself home pedicures. Okay, I admit I have been looking at Pinterest a little too long today. You know how the rabbit hole works. So let me save you about two hours and instead of click, click, ad, long article, pop up ad, I'm condensing for you and listing a few of the most popular pedicure tricks here. Give them a try and let me know which ones work for you!
1. Listerine Foot Soak for Dry Feet
1C Listerine (any kind)
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
2C Extra Warm/Hot Water
Let feet soak for 30 minutes then exfoliate with washcloth or pumice stone.
2. Rice Scrub
You can create an excellent exfoliating scrub using ground rice. Simply grind up about 3 tablespoons of rice in your blender and pour it out into a small bowl. Add a little bit of honey and little bit of apple cider vinegar to create a paste. You can also add almond oil like this, olive oil or coconut oil if your heels are in need of intensive moisturizing.
Apply this paste directly to your dry, cracked heels, massage it in and put your feet up for 10-15 minutes to allow it to work on your dry skin. Rinse with cool water.
3. DIY Baking Soda Foot Soak
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- Lavender or essential oil (optional)
- 4-5 liters of warm water in a bucket
Add the baking soda in the water, including a couple of drops of lavender oil. Put in the feet for 20 minutes. Wipe, clean brush, or a pumice stone, rub the underside of the feet.
4. Vinegar Scrub for Cracked, Dry Feet
- 2 tablespoon of salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
Take a bowl and add the salt and olive oil and mix it. Add vinegar to this mixture and again, mix it well. After the warm water soak, use this scrub mixture to scour away the dead cells from your cracked heels. Scrub your feet gently, concentrating on the heels for a few minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. After this scrub, use a rich moisturizer on your feet. Wear socks to bed to retain moisture in your heels.
5. Vick's Vapo Rub for Rough Dry Heels
Before going to bed, rub in a quarter size amount of VVR with some coconut oil. After applying, put on a pair of cotton socks overnight.
6. Perfect Polish with Vaseline
Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to cuticles with a q-tip to protect your skin from errant nail polish strokes.
7. Quick Dry with Pam
After painting nails, hit with a short burst of Pam cooking spray for a quick dry.