Ah! The pitter-pattering of monsoons after the scorching summer does breathe a sigh of relief. From rain-drenched landscapes, romantic drives, cozy evenings with loved ones and crunchy fritters alongside a steaming cup of chai, Indian monsoons do have a charm of their own. But just like two sides of the coin, the rains come along with their own list of baggage of skin issues that can be downright uncomfortable to bear.

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Athlete's foot

Apart from humid climate, strutting along water-logged streets can bring forth fungal infections that are difficult to manage if not treated properly. One common fungal infection that most people witness during the monsoons is Athlete’s Foot.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot, medically termed as Tinea pedis is a common fungal infection caused due to the tinea or trichophyton fungus that is contagious in nature and chiefly occurs in the skin of the feet especially in between toes. It is mainly characterized by common symptoms like itchy, burning, stinging sensation in between the toes followed by dry peeling skin, scales, cuts, blisters in between the toes or on the soles of the feet, discolored toe nails and a foul odour emanating from the foot.

Also Read: Athlete's Foot Disease: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot isn’t just limited to teenage boys, but women and older adults can get it too. The most common causes include wearing ill-fitted damp shoes, poor immune system, overall bodily microbiome imbalance and coming into contact with infected people or items, like towels, slippers, public showers, a shower floor, or a swimming pool.

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Well, much to our dismay, this fungal infection if not treated on time may spread to other parts of the body, hence a quick and impromptu remedy is what assists to prevent the spread of the fungus. And here comes, DIY Foot Soaks as an ultimate panacea to inhibit this fungal infection right at the initial stage.

What Is A Foot Soak?

A Foot Soak is a water solution imbued with natural herbal ingredients with curative properties that is used for soaking feet to treat different types of fungal infections like athlete's foot, warts, toe nail infections, eczema, scabies etc.

Benefits Of Vinegar In A Foot Soak

Apart from being a culinary ingredient, the acidic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar not only help in removing bacteria and disease-causing germs from the body but also treat various foot problems like dry feet, athlete’s foot, warts, callus and other fungal infections of the foot. Additionally, it also gets rid of foul foot odour, removes cracked skin from heels, fades liver spots and soothes sore feet muscles.

Well, without further ado, we bring you 3 vinegar-based foot soak recipes that are bound to treat athlete’s foot and provide relief from inflammation and dryness in no time.
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DIY Foot Soak Recipes

Baking Soda – Thymus Oil Foot Soak


2 tbsp baking soda

1 mug of lukewarm water

10 drops of thymus essential oil

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar


Pour all the ingredients in a large tub.

Use a ladle to mix everything.

Submerge the feet for 15-20 minutes.

Towel dry the feet and apply a moisturizer later.

How It Works:

Imbued with antifungal properties, baking soda provides relief from many microbial strains that infect the skin and nails. While thymus essential oil helps in inhibiting further fungal growth and absorbs unpleasant foot odour, ACV remedies the itchiness and burning sensation in the affected skin.

Cornmeal – Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak


¼ cup cornmeal

1 mug luke warm water

5 tbsp apple cider vinegar

6-7 drops of tea tree oil


Fill the tub with water and add all the ingredients.

Soak your feet for 15 minutes.

Gently scrub the affected part.

Use a towel to dry the feet and use a anti-fungal lotion afterwards.

How It Works:

Touted for its antifungal qualities, corn meal is an ultimate fix-up for toe and foot fungal infections. While the goodness of acetic acid in ACV soothes itching and acts as a drying agent that helps to control sweaty foot, tea tree oil prevents inflammation and provides respite to athlete’s foot.

Epsom Salt – Lavender Oil Foot Soak


½ cup epsom salt

5 drops of lavender essential oil

5 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 mug of lukewarm water


Take water in the tub and add all the ingredients.

Gently mix the epsom salt.

Soak your feet for 20 minutes with gentle scrubbing at the heels.

Pat dry using a towel and wear a clean dry sock or shoe.

How It Works:

The potent anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties in epsom salt granules not only helps in healing cuts and sores by reducing inflammation but also prevents smelly foot. While ACV kills the fungus and balances the microbiomes of the skin, lavender essential oil prevents foul odour and reinfection.