Just because Listerine is made to kill germs in your mouth doesn’t mean it can’t do the job on other tissue as well. The alcohol in Listerine is great for clearing up toenail fungus. You can either soak your toe in straight mouthwash or dilute it a bit with water if it burns. After soaking for about 30 minutes, rinse and dry your foot well. You can also paint Listerine on the affected toenail and let it dry. Repeat the process once or twice per day until the fungus clears.
The medicinal compounds in garlic are called allicin and ajoene. They give garlic its pungent odor as well as antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can treat toenail fungus by packing crushed garlic around the affected area and leaving it for about 30 minutes. Wrap the toe or toes in gauze to keep the garlic in place during treatment.
You can also make garlic oil by gently cooking two crushed cloves in two teaspoons of olive oil – don’t let it burn. After about 10 minutes, strain the oil into a receptacle and let cool. The oil may be applied to fungus in place of actual cloves. Apply daily until the fungus has disappeared.
As aggravating as toenail fungus can be, at least it is relatively easy to cure. It may not even cost any money if you have the supplies in your pantry already. All it takes is a commitment to consistent treatment. Skipping days is likely to let the fungus rebound and you’ll struggle to gain ground against it. Don’t wait until your toenail is about to fall off to start treatment! Attack it early and soon that troubling fungus will be a distant memory.