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How to Deep Clean Your Feet?

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Our feet do a lot for us each day, carrying us from place to place and supporting our entire body weight. Yet we rarely give them the deep cleaning they deserve. Dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, and fungi can build up on our feet over time, leading to conditions like athlete's foot, toenail fungus, foot odor, corns, and calluses if left untreated. Giving our feet a thorough deep cleaning on occasion can help prevent these issues and keep our feet fresh, healthy, and happy.

Start by gathering your supplies. You'll need a basin or other foot bath container, hot water, exfoliating scrub, pumice stone, cuticle stick, toenail clippers and file, lotion or oil, an old toothbrush or other small brush, cotton balls and pads, and clean towels. Optional extras could include antifungal spray or powder, epsom salts, foot mask, bubble bath, or essential oils to add to the water.

Fill your foot bath with hot - not scalding - water. The ideal temperature should be quite warm but still comfortable to put your feet in. Consider adding epsom salts, essential oils, bubble bath, or a foot soak product to the water for extra skin softening, detoxification, and aromatherapy benefits.

Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes initially. This softens calluses and loosens dirt and dead skin buildup. As you soak, use a pumice stone gently rub any rough patches, corns, or calluses. The hot water should help exfoliate and smooth the skin when combined with the scrubbing motion of the stone. Avoid scrubbing too harshly or you may damage healthy skin.

Drain the old footbath water and rinse feet. Then refill basin with clean hot water for the next soak. You may also opt to thoroughly clean between soaks instead of doing multiple foot baths.

While feet are still soaked, use a cuticle stick to gently push back and clean around the cuticles of each toenail. Then use the nail clippers and file to trim and shape nails, being careful not to round or clip skin at the corners of each nail. File any rough edges left from clipping as well.

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