5 Home Remedies for Athletes Foot that Actually Works

Natural home remedies for athletes foot are excellent alternatives to over-the-counter drugs. Athlete’s foot, being a fungal infection, can be treated using natural options with potent anti-fungal properties.  They are:


home remedies for athletes footCoconut Oil for Athletes Foot

Coconut oil’s natural ability to disrupt fungi cell membranes—which eventually leads to cell death—makes it a great home treatment for athlete’s foot. It’s easy to use, easy to obtain, and it will also help moisturize your feet for silky smooth skin (how awesome is that). Just make sure you buy high quality, organic, virgin coconut oil to reap all of its benefits.

How to treat athlete’s foot with coconut oil

The best time to use coconut oil for athlete’s foot is at night right before bed time. This is because you’ll want to leave the oil on for as long as possible.

  1. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and place it in a microwave safe container.
  2. Melt it in the microwave on high for about 15-20 seconds.
  3. Let the oil cool down for about 30 seconds to a minute. Make sure it isn’t hot to the touch, so it won’t burn your skin.
  4. Gently massage the oil onto the area that needs to be treated.
  5. Put some socks over your feet and leave it on overnight.
  6. Wash it off in the morning if you’d like to.
  7. Repeat until gone.

Garlic for Athlete’s Foot

Garlic has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can quickly treat athlete’s foot. Ajoene, a colorless liquid found in fresh garlic, is what gives garlic it’s strong antimicrobial abilities.

For this treatment, there’s a good chance you already have everything you need in your kitchen. After all, all you need is some fresh garlic and a little olive oil. Even if you don’t already have them, I’m confident you won’t have any difficulty finding them at your favorite grocery store.

Only use what you need to use and save the rest for other uses (like cooking). Pour out a little olive oil into a container and save it to be used for the treatment exclusively. The same tip applies to garlic as well.

What you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic

What to do:

  1. Make a paste using two to three drops of olive oil and one to two garlic cloves. You can use a flat, heavy object, to smash it. Place it over the garlic and just press down on it.
  2. Apply the paste directly to the affected area.
  3. Leave the paste on the affected area for at least 30 minutes. Be careful not to leave it on too long because that can lead to a chemical burn.
  4. Wash it off using soap and water. Dry thoroughly using a clean towel, or just let it air dry.
  5. Repeat the treatment as necessary and make more paste if you find that you need more. Keep in mind how much more you needed to make, so for the next treatment, you can just make the exact amount you need the first time.

Vinegar for Athlete’s Foot

Vinegar has natural acids that reduce the alkaline level of the skin; thus preventing the infection from spreading. The acidic properties of vinegar also have strong antimicrobial properties that can kill the fungus; making it one of the best home remedies for athletes foot.

Using vinegar for athlete’s foot is super simple because you only really need one time, vinegar. Good ole white distilled vinegar works fine, but I personally prefer to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar instead. If you already have white vinegar on hand, try that first.

What you need:

  • Vinegar
  • Bowl (large enough to soak your feet in)

What to do:

  1. Mix three parts warm water with one-part vinegar into the bowl/container.
  2. Soak your feet in the mixture for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Gently rinse your feet under running warm water.
  4. Dry it thoroughly.
  5. Repeat this at least once a day until it’s gone.

Tea Tree Oil for Athlete’s Foot

Using tea tree oil for athlete’s foot is very effective because it has strong antifungal and antiseptic properties; making it very effective against the fungus responsible for the infection.

What you need:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Olive oil

What you need to do:

  • Mix equal amounts of tea tree oil and olive oil.
  • Apply the mixture to the infected two times a day.

Epsom Salt for Athlete’s Foot

Don’t like the other options so far? You can also use epsom salt for athlete’s foot instead. It can be used by itself as a standalone home remedy, or it can be used in combination with the other home remedies for athletes foot listed here. It’s known to reduce inflammation and help ease pain. Using it with another remedy will only boost it and help ease some of the uncomfortable symptoms caused by athlete’s foot.

Whether you’re using it by itself or using it with another remedy, the procedure for using it is the same. If you plan to use this with another remedy, make sure you soak your feet in Epsom salt first. Afterwards, just rinse your feet with warm water, dry it, and then continue apply the other remedy.

What you need:

  • ½ cup of Epsom salt
  • Clean container large enough to soak your feet in
  • Warm water

What to do:

  1. Fill the clean container with warm water. A general rule of thumb is half full, or until the water is high enough fully submerge your feet in.
  2. Add in the ½ cup of Epsom salt.
  3. Stir the salt a little bit using your hands or feet.
  4. Soak your feet in the mixture for 20-30 minutes.


Some people like to add a few drops of essential oils to their bath. One popular option is peppermint. Not only does it possess strong antifungal properties, it also leaves your feet smelling minty fresh.

These are just three home remedies for athletes foot. Did I miss one that you feel works just as well, or perhaps, even better? Share it with us! We would appreciate it.