13 Aug

Fail: Listerine Foot Soak

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Name: Jennifer

Original Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/120330621266818996/

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What I Did: Getting ready for vacation I decided to try this mix to work on my heels. I doubled the measurements as it wasnt enough in the container i was using to soak my feet. I let it sit for near 20 minutes as after 10 minutes it didnt seem to have worked. I took my feet out at 20 minutes and not only did the dead skin NOT “wipe off” my feet were blue. Pinterest FAIL!!

My Result:

pinterest fail listerine foot scrub

pinterest fail listerine foot scrub

 

Comments on this post
  1. Alqi says:

    Did you use Cool Mint?

    1. Molly says:

      The exact same thing happened to me. I knew from the beginning that I’d have to use more liquid than it called for (a cup of liquid for a foot soak? Really? I don’t think so) but I ended up using basically whole bottles of both ingredients. Aaaaaand then my feet were blue. Fail fail fail.

      1. Niamh says:

        I tried this one too — didn’t work either ;)

        1. Nicolle says:

          Successfully turned you into a Water Ghost/ zombie.

          1. brlesq1 says:

            I thought Listerine was used to get rid of toe fungus, not dead skin. And if you’re going to soak in it, why would you use one with blue dye? You didn’t think it would dye your feet? You should have used the brownish-gold, regular, medicinal kind.

            1. lyoness says:

              brlesq1, she used the recipe in the original pin, that’s why.

              1. NAMTRO91 says:

                ahh thanks..i was going to do this. lol.

                1. Cheryl says:

                  Same w me but my feet sure felt fresh!

                  1. Julia says:

                    This really made me laugh!! Thanks for sharing, and I hope your feet have regained their colour :)

                    1. Karen says:

                      I hate to admit I tried this as well and also ended up with blue feet! I should have thought about the ingredients before i tried it… the warm water and vinegar transferred the dye in the Listerine to my feet just like an Easter egg! Lol!!

                      1. donna says:

                        Tried it and it didn’t work.

                        1. Mizuko says:

                          Thank you for trying this. I’ve seen this pin, and it scares me a bit. Wiping off any portion of your skin isn’t a thing that should happen, and soaking your feet in mouthwash sounds like a recipe for severe skin irritation.

                          1. Carrie K says:

                            My husband tried this with the original recipe. He has dry feet and toenail fungus. Yes, his feet did turn blue for 2 days, but his toes look so much better. Fungus is nearly gone, and his feet are much smoother. He’s ready to try it again in hopes it will eliminate the fungus.

                            1. Sam says:

                              Wow, so sorry so many of you fell for this.
                              The original instructions/recipe was changed to include the BLUE Listerine (very specific – hmm, suspicious). It appears to have been a prank. The orignal soak that included this same photo did not include blue Listerine. Beware before attempting “great” ideas on Pinterest. Poking your eyes with toothpicks doesn’t cure glaucoma.

                              1. Sam says:

                                Here is the original recipe:
                                “Mix 1 full tablespoon of salt , 1/4 c vinegar and 1/2 c of warm water. Soak feet for 10 minutes and when you take them out, the dead skin will practically wipe off.” Hope this helps!

                                1. holly says:

                                  I used a full tablespoon of salt, 1/2 c vinegar and 1/2 c hot water. I then added that to a warm foot bath ankle deep. 10 minute soak and I started rubbing off dead skin. Worked like a charm my feet are sooo smooth!

                                  1. Suzanne says:

                                    Lmao!! Thank you for being brave enough to share your fails! Love the comments too – this site is awesome.

                                    1. Sheila says:

                                      I tried this and it DID work…best thing I’ve ever used for my feet. I’ve tried both the blue and the golden and would suggest the golden over the blue … it does make your feet blue but it easily washed off.

                                      1. Nicole says:

                                        Something to keep in mind for any soak that is to remove or loosen dead skin is that you only want the soles of your feet submerged. Most products made for this use are too strong for the rest of your skin (since it is not as thick). Plus, it would keep the tops of your feet from turning colors ;-)

                                        1. Leonie says:

                                          i do this once a week. it does work . i put about a cup of Listerine and 1/2 of cup of vinegar. the skin doesn’t fall of but if u use a stone or foot scrub thing it’s just like going to the nail salon..in fact i dont even go there anymore i just do it myself,

                                          1. Heather says:

                                            Oh my gosh, I am sorry…can’t stop laughing! Thank you and sorry for your blue feet!

                                            1. Kay Taylor says:

                                              I used the extra whitening listerine that is clear and water 2x a month and the vinegar added 2x a month! OMG it has helped my feet so much! The blue would be bad I am sure!

                                              1. Allison says:

                                                Works for me every time. I tripled the “recipe” and use hot water. Do not use the blue or purple or green Listerine or other mw brand, use the amber and you won’t end up with dyed feet. Also, you still need to use a pumice stone or some other type of abrasive.

                                                1. Mike says:

                                                  This woman used the blue and it didn’t turn her feet blue.

                                                  http://pinterestingsummer2012.blogspot.com/2013/06/vinegar-and-listerine-foot-soak-and-i.html

                                                  1. nikki says:

                                                    It works but don’t completely submerge your feet. I used a flat bottom basin and put just enough of the mixture so that the soles of my feet were wet. Then afterwards gently pumice the dead skin away. Only the dead skin turns blue from the Listerine

                                                    1. skeezicks says:

                                                      WORKED GREAT!

                                                      1. Debbie davis says:

                                                        It worked for me, I used purple Listerine. Next time I used a cheap green mouth wash. Still worked.

                                                        1. epicbeyouty says:

                                                          I think it’s because you didn’t follow the instructions. Your feet shouldn’t be fully submerged, only the bottoms for the dead skin. It’s worked great for me, although i use the Amber color mouthwash. I’m doing it now in fact. No dying.

                                                          1. Sandra says:

                                                            I don’t know about foot soak with Listerine. But I do know if you add little to your couch it is great

                                                            1. Sandra says:

                                                              Add to douch. Sorry for type o

                                                              1. D Silvers says:

                                                                Disgusting pedicure. Polish and remover are too cheap not to use!

                                                                1. Bubs says:

                                                                  Well a DUH, hahahahahahah…. But on a serious note folks. Have any of you ever dyed Easter eggs before?
                                                                  Vinegar plus “coloring” = Easter egg. This is a prank, sure vinegar will remove skin because it’s acidic. It also softens it up so the dye will set in. I saw right through this the first time it was post. I can’t help but laugh at the naivity of attempting to do this. Too many people quick to try things without understanding the chemical repercussions in doing so. Add enough alcohol and you may get tipsy through you’re feet, lol

                                                                  1. Keeks says:

                                                                    WORKED GREAT FOR ME. MY FEET WERE IN BAD SHAPE AND ARE NOW SO SMOOTH AND SOFT! I USED CHEAP GREEN MOUTHWASH.

                                                                    1. Gini says:

                                                                      I doubled the formula, heated it in the micro & emersed my feet for 20 minutes with satisfactory results.

                                                                      1. Donna says:

                                                                        Have wanted to try this just to see if it would help scratchy soles……so I am using the blue Listerine, vinegar, salt and a little hot water…feels refreshing and my feet are not blue….did not double ingredients…not a total fail!

                                                                        1. Lindsey says:

                                                                          I have used this foot soak many, many, many times and I have never had blue feet. I use a blue mouthwash (Equate brand) but the dye has never transferred to my feet. I know different people use different types of vinegar and I wonder if that has something to do with it with the color transfer? I used apple cider vinegar and it seems like a lot of people are using white. I did a post on how I did it and what my results looked like : http://hhandtw.blogspot.com/2013/05/DIY-Foot-Soak.html

                                                                          1. anonymous012 says:

                                                                            The vinager is probably the reason why your feet is stained because like vinager can be used in clothes washing to help the color stay on there. Also, use the gold color original listerine. You would also need to do this daily try for 30 days, so one time isn’t just going to work, and you’re going to have to scrub and care for your toe nails too, and make sure they are thoroughly dry or blow dried as the heat kills the fungus.

                                                                            1. Heather says:

                                                                              I don’t know what went wrong for you, but it did wonders for my rough, cracked heels. I also used blue. I followed up with a pedi-egg and brushed my toenails with a whitening toothpaste, then rinsed. I ended up with baby soft, minty fresh tootsies with gleaming white toenails.

                                                                              1. Alyssa says:

                                                                                HA! Same thing happened to me! What did work though was scrubbing my feet with coarse sea salt and olive oil every night before going to bed. Seriously, permanently baby-butt smooth after about a week. :)

                                                                                1. Betty says:

                                                                                  My husband and I have been doing this since we saws it on Facebook and it has worked,but I use the original Listerine.

                                                                                  1. SoWeGA says:

                                                                                    Please remove the comment about using this as a douche. Women should NEVER douche for any reason. If you are feeling unclean, have odor or discharge, see a DOCTOR. If your doctor tells you to douche, find a new one.

                                                                                    Douching causes:
                                                                                    *Vaginal infections

                                                                                    *Pregnancy complications / infertility

                                                                                    *Cervical cancer.

                                                                                    I know a few women who liked to douche. They all had odor problems and one lost a baby as a result of the damage to her uterus.

                                                                                    Sorry for the rant but I hate when women pass on such horrible information.

                                                                                    1. Marti Marts says:

                                                                                      I tried it, then added maybe 3-4 cups of warm water, and upped the vinegar and blue listerine up to the next measurement. Results. It worked. No smurf feet for me and the dead skin was easy to get off; though it didnt all come off with a wipe of a towel. LoL.

                                                                                      1. Charlena says:

                                                                                        I used this treatment and yes my feet turned blue but after wiping off and just washing my feet it was fine. They feel great! And they were really bad

                                                                                        1. Tracey says:

                                                                                          Does anyone not see that these are NOT the same feet or legs??? In the bucket….tan legs. Out of the bucket….pale legs! No toe ring in the bucket, nicely shaped toenails in the bucket! Toe ring out of the bucket and short funky toenails out of the bucket! This DOES work if you follow the correct recipe. It worked fantastic on mine! It’s a half cup of each and use the original listerine. You can also make it more spa like by adding one Polident tablet.

                                                                                          1. LT says:

                                                                                            @ Tracey It’s a side by side of the Pintrest Picture and of the fail picture. It’s not supposed to be the same legs, toes etc because it’s the comparison. Kind of like every other post on this blog

                                                                                            1. anna says:

                                                                                              I started laughing so hard at this !!! XD

                                                                                              1. Tracey Webb says:

                                                                                                Directions clearly say ORIGINAL Listerine.. And yes it does work.

                                                                                                1. Susan Furlano says:

                                                                                                  Worked for me, but I did One Cup Listerine, 1 Cup Vinegar, & 2 Cups Hot Water to cover Feet Properly. I was Amazed how the skin just scrapped off, yes feet were a tinge Blue, but that was easy to remove.. I personal will do this again

                                                                                                  1. Debbie Cunningham says:

                                                                                                    did not work for me either, my feet actually felt that they were burning after.

                                                                                                    1. Ashley says:

                                                                                                      I have done this and my feet felt a lot smoother and the dead skin wiped off after 15 mins of soaking.

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