Summer Feet and Fresh Breath
I am sure that by now even the most infrequent internet users out there have seen the Listerine Foot Soak. It has made its way around Pinterest and Facebook and seems to have been tested by bloggers around the world. Not that I don’t take their word for it, but I wanted to try it out myself to see if it was as good and as bad as so many people are making it out to be.
The standard recipe seems to be equal parts Listerine (the blue one apparently) and vinegar and then double the amount of warm water. Always one to add a little jazz here and there, I added in some of olive oil to moisten and then readied a good pumice just in case the dead skin didn’t just wipe off like the promoters were saying.
The right mix for me was:
1 cup mouthwash (I bought the cheap stuff)
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons olive oil
As with any experiment, it is important to take an accurate base reading before starting. The state of my feet is appalling. They have been in shoes all winter and have been neglected something fierce. My heals are hard and callused and there are rough patches a plenty! The main problem here seems to be that holding down a full time job and raising a small child has left me no time for the much enjoyed pedicures of my youth. Also. I tend to just not really notice my feet until all of a sudden, the sun comes out, the sandals come out and I finally look down in amazement at the mess going on. I rant… let’s fix this shall we?
There are many opinions on how long to soak your feet for and so I went somewhere in the middle and decided on 30 minutes. That is about as long as I can sit in one spot with my feet in a bowl before I get squirrely.
I will admit that nothing just wiped off to reveal amazing skin (I was prepared for it but a little disappointed none the same). What I will say is that after a little pumice work which was definitely made easier after the soak, my feet are looking pretty good. They also smell pretty good which I am sure someone will appreciate (just not sure who yet).
As someone who runs around barefoot for most of the summer, my feet take a beating. They are usually dirty and rough and so the chance to soak them and really feel like they are clean was nice. The minty-ness made them feel fresh (that sounds dumb but you know what I mean) and they felt really clean.
Is this a miracle? Probably not but it was an awesome foot scrub and some overdue TLC for my tootsies and that is enough for me tonight!