Nail Fungus Home Remdies

Let’s be honest, having or finding out you have toenail fungus can be very embarrassing. When you hear “foot fungus” the first thing that comes to mind is poor hygiene, right?

It is also important that you remember that having toenail fungus is very common. A 2003 study from the British Association of Dermatologists believe that about 7% to 10% of the U.S. population has this dermatological condition.

Well, although that is the case most of the time, there are actually a lot of reasons why we get this gross and annoying condition:

  • Abnormal pH levels of the skin
  • Weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Psoriasis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Continuous exposure to a moist environment
  • Tight and ill-fitting shoes

Nail fungus (onychomycosis) is usually mild and not noticeable but it can cause thickened nails which would lead to pain. Regardless, nipping it in the bud would be best.

The good news is that there are a lot of treatment options that are guaranteed to work. The better news is that there are a ton of home remedies for foot fungus you can easily try. And the best news? We’ve round up 12 of the most effective and easiest foot fungus cure and treatment for toenail fungus.

Top 12 Nail Fungus Home Remedies

1. The Magical Tea Tree Oil

The Magical Tea Tree Oil

The Magical Tea Tree Oil
The oil derived from the leaves of the tea tree, the derivative, if used topically, is an effective nail fungus cure. In fact, data gathered by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database found that the topical application of 100% tea tree oil, twice a month for six months, has cured almost 20% of the respondents. About 60% of the respondents also saw an improvement in the appearance of the affected toenail within six months.

When buying tea tree oil, make sure that you get the right solution (100%) and that you apply it liberally to kill the fungus under the toenail.

2. Remember to K.I.S.S.

The journalistic principle of Keeping it Short and Simple is applicable too in trying to treat the fungus that has grown in your nail. You need to trim your nails and avoid painting your nails during the treatment period. It is also important to try and thin the affected nails. This is proven to reduce the pressure on the nails.

This is also a great supplementary treatment method. Whether you choose to apply tea tree oil or other options, thinning and trimming the nails will help reach deeper layers of the nail. Definitely one of the best toenail fungus treatment.

3. Dare to Use Snakeroot Extract

Dare to Use Snakeroot Extract

Don’t worry, it’s not something you get from a snake. It is actually a plant from the sunflower family. A 110-respondent study found that this herbal extract was just as effective as ciclopirox olamine, a known synthetic antifungal agent. Famous brand names are Penlac or Loprox.

Once you find a store that sells snakeroot extract as a home remedy for toenail fungus, the common advice is to apply it on your toenail twice a week during the first month, and as you see improvement, you can reduce it to once a week, eventually.

4. The Ever-Versatile Baking Soda

The Ever-Versatile Baking Soda

Every home treatment list won’t usually be complete without a mention of the baking soda. It is is incredibly versatile (it is said to help cure UTI, lighten the skin and it can be used to properly clean your toilet!), very easy to use and wont burn a hole in your pocket!

You can choose to mix equal parts baking soda and water to make a paste that you can apply and leave on for a few minutes. Or you could dissolve three tablespoons of baking soda into a basin of water and soak your feet for at least 15 minutes. Aside from helping cure toenail fungus, it will also help neutralize foot odor!

5. Lemon the Fungus Away

Lemon the Fungus Away

Just like the suggestion above this, lemon is also known for a lot of things, mostly in the beauty department. This fruit has both antiseptic and antifungal properties that will put a stop into this fungal problem from spreading any further.

If you will go with this treatment, you won’t regret it because the procedure is very simple: apply fresh lemon juice on the toenail and leave on for half an hour before rinsing with warm water. Yes, with this citrus fruit, getting rid of toenail fungus it’s that easy!

6. The Foot and Mouth Connection

a vintage listerine ad

Bacteria and fungi are very close friends. So it should come as no surprise that the one of the most effective things we use to keep bacteria off our mouth is said to also help keep the fungi off of our feet.

A common recommendation from home remedy websites, the idea is to soak your feet or your toenail in a mixture of Listerine (or whatever mouthwash you use) and water. Do this for at least 30 minutes every night and you’ll find out if this is the right cure for toenail fungus for your case.

7. Garlic


Did you know that garlic has a compound called ajoene? Well, it has and it is known as an antifungal compound. A research found that a 1% ajoene solution that is used twice a week for two months cured the athlete’s foot of all the participants in the study. Yes, the study was for a different problem but it is a fungal infection, nonetheless.

Unfortunately, there is no commercially produced ajoene solution yet. But several crushed garlic cloves should do the trick. So how to treat nail fungus with garlic? Just add the crushed garlic to a basin with warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes. You can also mix minced garlic with olive oil and rub the mixture on your toenail with a cotton ball.

8. Vinegar and Water Mixture

Vinegar and Water Mixture

One cup of vinegar mixed with two cups of water is all you need to cure your toenail fungus in a matter of months! The general consensus is that it works by killing the fungi that live on your toenail and helps you restore your skin’s natural pH levels.

You should limit it though to a maximum of 15 minutes at a time, every other day, because this solution can irritate sensitive skin.

9. Vick’s VapoRub

Vick's VapoRub

Your best friend when you have the colds will also now be your best friend to cure your toenail problems. Although it is unclear why this works, a lot of people can attest to the effectiveness of Vick’s VapoRub but it is said that it can take a while to see any noticeable effects.

To use this as a home remedy for toenail fungus, just apply a small amount of the VapoRub into your toenail before you put on socks. You can do this as frequently and as long as you want.

10. Coconut Oil


There are fatty acids in coconut oil that attach themselves in the lipid layer of the toenail fungus that causes it to disintegrate. It is very effective and a better option compared to using treatments that use harsh chemicals or painful surgeries.

It is very cheap and simple to use. Just apply the coconut oil onto the top of toenail and leave it on!

11. Thyme


Curing toenail fungus takes time and some preliminary studies suggest that the oil derived from this aromatic and evergreen herb helps. According to a New York Times report that looked at thymol, multiple studies found that a component of this oil destroys dermatophytes and candida, known causes of nail fungus.

Though there hasn’t been any research that tested this on human subjects, it was highly recommended for people with nail fungus.

12. Mix & Match

You know what’s better than one treatment? Two treatments. There are some items in this list that you can actually mix to make it work better and faster. For example, you can mix half a cup of baking soda and one-fourth cup of white vinegar for a 10-minute foot soak. The key is to experiment and find what would work best for you.

Some other ingredients for your soak that you might want to consider are: hydrogen peroxide, salt, Epsom salt, and apple cider vinegar.

Wrapping It Up

There are many other nail fungus home remedies that are worth experimenting on if you really want to know how do you get rid of foot fungus. Since fungus toenails isn’t that much of a hassle (although it is unsightly, I’ll give you that!), taking your time in finding the treatment that works is perfectly fine. There is really no shortcut to find out how to kill toenail fungus.

You should also remember that is no overnight solution to toenail fungus—be it through home remedies or prescribed medicines. It will take time and patience.


  1. Lucas Walsh
    July 20, 2016 at 6:15 AM · Reply

    Thanks for the great ideas, I have been using tea tree oil and so far getting good results so thanks again.

  2. Emily SeetaName (required)
    March 20, 2018 at 4:10 AM · Reply

    Put apple cider vinegar in a small ( 6 ounce) spray bottle. Spray ALL your toes on both feet after you bathe in the morning. You don’t have to drench them, but definitely get all the sides of the nail bed wet and also down under the nail. When it dries take a small glob (1/4 inch+/-) of Vick’s Vapor Rub and rub into the sides of the nail bed and underneath the nail – attentively on your effected nail(s), and a swift blip on the others. (It can spread.) Do this in the morning and after you shower and spritz again before you go to bed. It takes six months to a year – as long as it takes your nail to grow out. I had thought the discoloration was a bruise, so I had in fungal infection for years. Manicurist told me and suggested the above treatment, but I went to a podiatrist and got anti-fungal pills – which are very expensive, required repeated blood work (liver count), and did appear to work. My Primary Care doc flipped when I told her I was taking it, and had asked for a refill. There can be terrible irreversible side effects (skin lesions, etc.) – she had a patient whose health had completely changed from taking them. I tried oregano oil, and tea tree oil. I went back to the treatment above (manicurist’s suggestion) and six months later my toes are clear at the nail bed, but I will continue until there is no sign of the fungus. The key to the home remedies and even the prescription remedy is that it takes time. There are no quick fixes.

    Also note that the nail will pull away from the nail bed, and will change how your shoes fit, will be sore, etc. if you try to clean under the nail and get into the nail bed.

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