The Listerine & shaving cream recipe has been all over the internet lately. I belong to pinterest and I’ve seen it pinned over and over again. I too pinned it with the intention of giving it at try as soon as I got some Listerine and shaving cream. I had some generic Target brand mouthwash in the cupboard but I figured if I was going to try out a recipe I should at least do it justice and use the name brand stuff. Sometimes that makes a difference.
I have scaly feet. They get dry and they crack like the desert in the height of summer. I have my regular ritual for dealing with it but I’ll be the first to admit it gets tiresome to put in all that effort 365 days a year so come winter I tend to slap some moisturizer on my lizard-lady skin and cover it up with socks. I have tried a lot of different things to combat dry feet, things that include Saran Wrap and coffee grounds among things. But what I’ve found that works consistently is simply soap, water and a good pumice stone. That doesn’t mean I have given up the hope of ever finding a cure for dried, cracked heels so I’m always up for a good home remedy.
The weather has gotten warm and I’m ready for flip flips but my feet aren’t. My feet are so cracked they’re cavernous. I figured this would be a good time to give the listerine & shaving cream recipe a try so I ran to the store and bought mouthwash and shaving cream. I would have taken pictures of my feet before I started but I got so excited to try this remedy that I forgot until my feet were already stuffed into ziplock baggies.
Yes my toenails are purple. It’s time for a change. I decided if I was going to lay around for 30 minutes with my feet stuffed in bags I’d get all comfy in bed and watch some tv so that’s what I did for 30 minutes. You could read a book, peruse my blog for other silly things to try or whatever but I recommend that you keep your feet at an angle so that the Listerine will soak the bottoms of your feet.
When the 30 minute timer went off I jump up and hobbled down the hallway to the bathroom where I had a fresh towel and washcloth waiting for me. I unveiled my feet and I guess I wanted to believe in this remedy so bad I thought that my feet would be beautiful like removing mummy wrappings and finding a beautiful young woman underneath, like old movies. It didn’t happen. I hate to say it but this is one busted home remedy. Not only were my feet every bit as cracked as they were when I started but scrubbing them did not make the dead skin fall off. Here’s what my feet looked like immediately out of the Listerine.
So in the end would I take the time or effort to give this remedy a go again? Absolutely not. While my feet smelled minty fresh (which is a plus if you are spending your life with someone who likes to put your feet in their mouth) unless I had a specific fungus or my feet smelled really really bad I wouldn’t bother with this remedy. My feet feel exactly the same way after a nice, long, hot soak in the tub.
once my feet were dry I gave it a good go with a pumice stone made for feet and applied a bit of lotion. It’s probably going to take at least 2 more treatments to get my feet looking the way I want them to for the summer but for now, here’s my tootsies after Listerine, shaving cream and a good pumice stone.