Soaking and Scrubbing Your Feet at home

Remove any existing polish using nail polish remover

Cover the top of your polish remover bottle with a cotton ball, then quickly turn it upside down and immediately right-side up to apply a bit of the product. Then, rub the polish remover over your toenails to remove the color.[1]

  • Move the cotton ball in small, circular motions if you are having trouble removing the polish.

Fill up a foot spa or basin with warm water.

You can use any of these to soak your feet. If soaking your feet at home, use a plastic basin, bucket, or your tub. If you want a professional soak, use a foot spa that vibrates or has jets. Warm water helps clean your feet and get rid of dead skin cells.[2]

  • Make sure the water isn’t too hot so you don’t burn your feet. You can dip your toes in to test the temperature.

Use soap, Epsom salt, or a foot soakto clean your feet.

If you are doing a pedicure at home, simply use soap for a mild foot wash, or use a pedicure product, like a moisturizing or antibacterial soak. For a natural option, use 1 cup (236.6 g) of Epsom salt. Make sure you mix up the product well before you place your feet in the water.[3]

  • If using dish soap, hand soap, or body wash, use about 2–3 US tbsp (30–44 mL)
  • If using a foot soaking product, read the label before putting it in the water. The recommended amount may vary from product to product.
  • For an spa-like touch, drip 5 or so drops of essential oil into your water. Use essential oils like peppermint, lemon, or tea tree oil to nourish your feet.

Soak your feet for around 5-10 minutes.

Dip both feet into the water, and relax as you wait. Do things like read a book, watch TV, or chat on the phone. Your feet get soft and tender as they soak, making it easier to file your nails and remove your cuticles. After a few minutes, take your feet out of the water.[4]

  • A foot soak is a great way to relieve stress.

Scrub your feet with a pumice stone or foot file while they are wet.

A pumice stone is a light, porous volcanic rock often used to remove dead skin cells and calluses. You can also use a foot file to do this. To use, hold the tool up to your foot, and quickly move it back and forth. It is best to work in about 1 in (2.5 cm) areas at a time. Apply steady pressure, but be careful not to push too hard.[5]

  • Most foot files have 2 sides, coarse and fine. Use the coarse side to loosen dead skin, and then use the fine side to smooth over the surface.
  • For stubborn calluses, you can also use a pumice stone or foot file when your feet are dry. Doing both will help get rid of the calluses.

Apply a foot scrub to the top and bottom of your feet.

Squeeze a quarter-size amount of foot scrub into your palm, and then rub it between both hands. Then, rub your hands over both of your feet to apply the scrub. Rub your feet in small, circular motions to exfoliate them.[6]

  • Many foot scrubs have natural pumice particles that remove remaining dry or rough skin.

Place your feet back into the water to rinse them off.

After you’ve massaged the scrub over your feet, dunk your feet back into your basin, tub, or spa. Use a washcloth to rub off the scrub. When the scrub is completely gone, dry your feet with a towel and wash your hands with soap and water.[7]

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