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How to Soak Your Feet in Mouthwash

by Melissa King
Pamper your feet to put a spring in your step.

Pamper your feet to put a spring in your step.

If you're on your feet all day long, it's a real challenge to tolerate dry, calloused soles. Walking, running or even just standing puts a heavy strain on your feet. If your soles feel overworked, give them a vacation by soaking your feet in mouthwash. It may sound strange, but mouthwash contains benzoic acid, an ingredient that helps slough away calloused skin. The ethanol in mouthwash also kills nasty germs, bacteria and fungi that can cause unpleasant conditions such as athlete's foot.

Fill a large bowl with a mixture of two parts water to one part mouthwash. For extra cleansing and odor control, add 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Apply a thin layer of shaving cream to the soles of your feet. The shaving cream helps moisturize calloused and rough feet.

Dip your feet into the mouthwash mixture and allow them to soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, soak a washcloth in the mixture and wrap it around your feet. Hold your feet over a bowl or thick towel so the liquid doesn't drip on the floor.

Rinse your feet with clean lukewarm water, and pat them dry with a towel.

Rub a moisturizer into the tops and bottoms of your feet.

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