Athlete’s Foot: Treating The Fungal Infection At Home

Did you know athlete’s foot is caused by the ringworm fungus? It’s typically quite itchy with a scaly skin rash/discoloration, some burning and yes, unfortunately it’s contagious.

If involved with swimming, team sports or work outs at the gym (hence the reason why it’s named after athletes), it’s a good idea to wear sandals/shoes when using public spaces and locker rooms. This helps protect yourself from picking it up or if one already has it, prevents spreading it to others.

Below you’ll find a beneficial list of simple remedies to get rid of it but first, here are a few tips to help avoid a prolonged infection or recurrence and ensure fast results:

  • Disinfect and wash hands thoroughly after every treatment.
  • Perform chosen treatment daily until the stinging rash has fully cleared.
  • Make sure to treat the whole foot (sole, heel, toes and in between toes).
  • Spray down the shower and tub after each use with a disinfectant until irritation has cleared.
  • When done bathing, pat dry very well and focus on those areas between the toes.
  • Use towels only once after every bath or shower (do not re-use or share them) and wash them on the “hot” setting (regular detergent).
  • Choose cotton socks and launder them after each use (hot setting).
  • Go barefoot at home so skin can breathe but wear sandals or thongs so there’s no contact with the floor. Long periods of “naked” feet are helpful in clearing things up.
  • Spray the inside of shoes with vodka, Lysol or other disinfectant cleaner at the end of the day.
  • Change bedding frequently.
  • If feet regularly sweat when wearing shoes, try sprinkling the insoles with baking soda to assist absorbing the moisture.

Home Remedies & Comforting Curatives

Part 1:

  • 4 TBS Vinegar
  • 2 C. Warm Water

Part 2:

  • 1 TBS tea tree
  • 4 TBS olive oil


  • Soak two to three times a day in the first solution (15 to 20 mins. each time). Take a fresh towel and pat dry.
  • Next combine the two oils. Dab and massage this mix into the affected areas.
  • Another option for Part 1 is apple cider vinegar rather than the usual household variety.

Scented Antibacterial Rub:

1 tsp vegetable oil
5 drops tea tree
1 drop lemon EO

  • Combine ingredients, massage into skin daily.

Soothing Brew:

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, next toss in 8 bags of black tea. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat source and pour into a small tub or basin. When the batch has cooled down enough to not burn, soak in this for 15 minutes.

Salt Solution:

Combine 1/8 cup table salt with 6 cups of very warm water, soak in this for about 15 mins. You can add the juice from a whole lemon to the batch for extra strength.

Grapefruit Seed Extract:

Add 1 teaspoon of the extract to a gallon of warm water, bathe tootsies in this mixture for 15 minutes daily.

Vodka Infusion:

25 garlic cloves (minced)
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp powdered cloves
1 C. vodka (100-proof)

  • Place all the ingredients together into a glass jar, seal then shake to fully blend.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking the vessel every other day.
  • Once ready, apply with cotton balls twice a day. Allow to air dry then apply a light dusting of cornstarch.

Easy Brew:

Smash and crush about 6 cloves of garlic, scrape all the bits into a jar of hot water for about 30 mins. Next add all the contents of the jar to a small plastic tub and pour in more hot water until the level is high enough to completely cover irritated tootsies. Rest feet in this for at least 30 mins.

To Soothe The Rash & Itching During Therapy Period: You can buy moisturizing creams that will relieve the itch, but try rubbing plain yogurt over the skin and then put on a pair of socks. The yogurt is soothing and healing. If you have tea tree or peppermint EO on hand, add a few drops to olive oil or an unscented hand/body moisturizing cream and apply.

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    • geraldine

    Do you have any homemade remedies for toe nail fungus.

      • Tipnut

      Hi Geraldine, you will find some tips on this page: click here. Hope that helps!

    • Janice Kessler

    Vicks VapoRub works to keep athlete’s foot under control or for a light case.

    Toe nail fungus…Dr. Oz treatment is equal parts Listerine (original “flavor”) and
    white vinegar. Can be sprayed or brushed on nails morning and night. It works!

      • Kathy Johnson

      Hello, I am interested in knowing how much of each should I use. I have been looking for a natural remedy for toe nail fungus, and I am glad I came across your post. Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Bernie Mayeux

    I am so glad I found this site. There are so many wonderful tips I can not wait to try.!!

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