Listerine Treatment For Toenail Fungus

Nobody could ever imagine that the popular mouthwash Listerine could be useful in toenail fungus treatment, but it seems it is true. Many people have been using this solution in a basin to soak the infected nails and are receiving good results. Listerine was named in 1865 after Joseph Lister, who is considered the father of modern antiseptics.

As a wash mouth, Listerine says that it is able to “Kills germs that cause bad breath”, condition medically known as halitosis, and it was the first over-the-counter solution to receive the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance for helping to control gingivitis and dental plaque.

Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends this product to be classified as Category I, it is suggested because of its antiseptic properties in mouth, but it has never mentioned anything about toenail fungus. Due to this reason, Listerine is considered one of the many home remedies intended to cure these problems as an alternative to prescribed medication or treatment.

Like what occurs with the use of Vicks Vapor Rub, Listerine is used basically, because its affordable price in comparison to drugs to treat toenail fungus infections. In addition, Listerine does not cause any side effects and it has no contraindications when it is used in combination with other type of medications or treatments.

There is no scientific or medical guarantee that toenail fungus can be improved by the topical application of Listerine. However, it is known that it has worked out in many patients, so Listerine is worth a try if you are suffering from fungal infections, although you should use the classic solution and not the toothpaste as many people do.

Because everybody knows that Listerine is a safe solution that does not cause harm to the mouth, it is considered safe for soaking, although you must take care not to immerse your healthy nails in the solution to avoid spreading of the fungal infection. Another point to consider is the soaking time.

Listerine does not cause internal side effects, but may cause a famous one externally. There is a risk of your feet turning green when the solution is used often and for long periods of soaking time, although the greenish skin is only a cosmetic condition that does not cause internal or superficial harm, and will disappear with time.

The suggested application to treat toenail fungus is soaking your feet for 30 minutes everyday, but only for a few days, take a rest, and back again. Fungal infections only improve and clear up after months of treatment so perseverance and the combination of Listerine Toenail Fungus treatment with other methods can accelerate the cure.


  1. I'm going to try this and see if it helps as my big toe nails are hard to get shoes to fit since the nails are so thick!

  2. My doctor actually prescribed Listerine when I visited him about toenail infection. He said it was a cheaper, shorter (treatment time), and much easier on my liver alternative. I soak my foot twice a day, fifteen minutes at a time. If you use the original, no flavor, yellow Listerine (which is what my doctor told me to do) your feet won't be green!

    1. Donna Marie Barton Wigginton

      How much the Listerine/to water ratio do you put in the soaking foot tub?

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