Have you seen this pin floating around Pinterest? It has like 6,300 pins as of right now just on this one picture. Many others have posted about it too. It claims that if you soak your feet in a mixture of Listerine, vinegar and water the dry, dead skin will magically come off and you’ll be left with wonderfully soft feet. With how popular it is, I knew that I needed to do a post on it. I mentioned it to my friend Dana, and she said, “If you want to know the science of why it works, give me a call.” Dana is a geneticist and has been a biology teacher at a local Catholic high school, so I figured I’d get a pretty legit explanation from her.
So, here’s why Dana says it works. The alcohol in the Listerine and the vinegar dry out the top layer of skin. This breaks the skin cells apart from each other so they are no longer attached. When the skin dries, the cells then will just rub off because they are no longer linked together. The key for me was waiting until they’re dry. She used the example of when you’re a kid and you put glue on your hand (everybody’s done that right?). You have to wait for the glue to dry and then it will peel right off. Pretty cool! So here is what happened when I actually tried it.
This picture is a bit deceptive. If you read it calls for 1/4 C Listerine, 1/4 C vinegar, and 1/2 C water. 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/2 = 1 C; That’s it. It will cover the bottoms and sides of your feet. I thought that I would need to double it for sure, but it turned out to be just the right amount.
I used one of those pink tubs that the hospital gives you when you have a baby. It was the perfect size.
Just do it for 10 minutes. You don’t need to sitting there for an hour.
Your feet will have slight blue tinge to them when they come out. Don’t worry about it; the blue comes right off. If you don’t want the blue feet, Dana says that vodka will work the same as the Listerine.
Don’t try and wipe them off right away! You have to wait for them to dry. If you don’t feel like just hanging around waiting for your feet to dry, have a hairdryer handy. Set the hairdryer to low or cool air and get those piggies dry!
The best thing to help get the dead skin off is a pumice stone. This will get it all off quickly. You can also use a washcloth or loofah.
Make sure and lotion your feet right after. Remember, the point of this is to dry them out.
This does remove dead skin, but let’s get real. If you’re heels have a thick, hard layer of dead skin, this isn’t going to be your magic cure all. Just go get a pedicure. This is more of a maintenance thing.
Have fun trying! Anne