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Natural cure for athlete's foot

Updated on December 9, 2015

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet. This fungus does best in damp and dark conditions.


  • Itching and burning between the toes and on the soles of the feet.
  • Skin dryness on the side or bottom of the feet.
  • If untreated blisters and cracks may form between the toes and on the feet soles. The infection may also spread to the toenails causing discoloration.

We will look at a few good remedies for the condition, so you should be able to find a natural cure for athlete’s foot, which works for you.

natural cure for your athlete's foot
natural cure for your athlete's foot

Tea Tree Oil
Historically the leaves of this tree where used as a substitute for tea, which is where the name comes from. Tea tree oil is used all over the world to fight fungal and bacterial infections. What you want to do is to drip some of it onto a cotton ball, then dab it onto the affected areas. If you find that it stings too much, you can thin it out with cooking oil.

In my opinion this is the best natural cure for athlete’s foot.

Foot bath
Fill a large container halfway with warm water.
Add 1 cup of vinegar and 2 table spoons of salt.
Soak your feet in it for 5 minutes then dry it carefully with a towel.
Do this twice a day.

If you are really lazy you can just wee on your feet in the shower. Some people swear that works. I’ll just stick to the tea tree oil.

Removing dead skin
If you have an acute case of athlete’s foot you will have dead skin on your feet. This needs to be removed as the fungus can hide in it and dead skin can spread the infection to other parts of your body. At bath time take a scrub brush and work your feet over well.

Socks and shoes
If you have athlete’s foot change to cotton socks. If your feet are very sweaty you will have to changes socks a few times during the day. Wash your socks with warm water and bleach.

It’s better to wear shoes that can breathe so no synthetic waterproof shoes. If you are able to do so, wear open toed sandals. Don’t wear the same shoes 2 days in a row, swap them out. Put some over the counter fungicide powder in your shoes. If you don’t have access to that, try spraying some household cleaner in there.

Clean beneath your toenails
Getting fungus under your toenails is bad. An infection under the toenails is very hard to treat. Use a wooden pick to clean under your toenails, every day. Using a metal file can cause scratches in your nails in which the fungus can hide.

Hopefully you found a natural cure for athlete’s foot here that works for you.

Open-toed sandals are better than shoes
Open-toed sandals are better than shoes


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      free feet 5 years ago

      Thanks for your article. I found tea tree oil to work best out of those listed, but even better for me was mouthwash.

      Make sure you have menthol listed as one of the first ingredients..either with or without alcohol in it and definitely no sugar!!

      I put the menthol mouthwash in a spray bottle and sprayed my feet daily til the athletes foot disappeared and hasn't returned this time.

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      James Brown 8 years ago from United States of America

      Great information and thanks for sharing. My athlete foot problems are worst during the summer months and my solution has been to soak my feet in the lake for 1/2 hour a day and this seems to clear it up within a few says. I also sometimes soak my feet in a pale of water with chloride bleach and this seems to work also.