Athlete's foot is a common fungal problem that attacks the skin on the feet. Usually, it's picked up in public pools, showers and restrooms; but sharing shoes with someone who has it or walking barefoot on the same surfaces may also transfer the fungus.
Fortunately, athlete's foot generally isn't serious. It's a nuisance and uncomfortable. Most of the time, it can be treated at home without having to see a doctor. Here are 6+ ways you can get rid of athlete's foot with household items.
1. Hairdryer. Since athlete's foot thrives in warm, moist places, best health says to dry your feet thoroughly. A great way to do that is to use a hairdryer on your feet after a shower.
2. Sunflower oil. WebMD states that Oleozon, a specific brand of sunflower oil that contains ozone as well, can be used to get rid of the fungus. Apply the oil directly to the feet.
3. Hydrogen peroxide. Most people have hydrogen peroxide in the house to treat minor cuts and abrasions. Healthline says that you may also be able to get rid of athlete's foot with it. Pour it over the fungus twice a day until the fungus is gone. You should see the peroxide foam when it hits the athlete's foot.
4. Yogurt. Yogurt contains natural bacteria which best health states may be able to heal your athlete's foot. Use plain yogurt and apply a layer of it to the fungus. Allow it to dry completely before rinsing it off.
5. Listerine. Originally developed as an antiseptic for surgery, Listerine has the potential to get rid of athlete's foot. Healthline recommends putting equal parts Listerine and white vinegar into a bucket and soaking your feet for 45 to 60 minutes a day until the fungus is gone.
6. Baking soda. According to Medical News Today, baking soda can be used for more than just removing odors and exfoliating. It can also get rid of athlete's foot. Place 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day. Be sure not to rinse your feet when you get done; just dry them off.
7. Vick's. The eucalyptus and menthol found in Vick's appears to combat this foot fungus, according to Healthline. Apply the vapor rub at night for one month.
8. Tea. The tannin in tea may help get rid of the athlete's foot. Best health says to steep 5 tea bags in 1 liter of hot water for 5 minutes. Let it cool and then soak your feet for 30 minutes.
Athlete's foot is a nuisance, but, thankfully, it's usually fairly easy to get rid of.