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How to Cure Toenail Fungus with Vinegar

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Toenail fungus, medically known asOnychomycosis, is a potentially embarrassing problem which can be difficult to treat. Doctors will generally treat the infection with pharmaceuticals. Although there's no evidence that the use of vinegar can help stop mild to moderate cases of fungal infections, there are anecdotal accounts of successful self-care, and it's a low-risk treatment if carried out properly that might work in conjunction with preventative care.


Treating Nail Fungus with Vinegar

  1. Get a bottle of vinegar.You needn't worry about brand names or which type of vinegar. The active element is believed to be the pH level of vinegar, which destroys nail fungus.
    • Some have alternated using vinegar one day and 2% hydrogen peroxide the next.
  2. Get a nail file and nail clippers.Always clean the area as best you can before applying home remedies or doctor prescribed methods. Trimming will help whatever cure is being employed to reach more deeply into the nail.
    • Trimming the nails can reduce pain and discomfort.
    • Don't file the nail too short as this could result in another problem, such as ingrown nails.
    • Always clean your file and nail clippers after.
  3. Pour the vinegar into a large bowl.Mix in equal parts vinegar and hot water. Soak the infected foot up to two times a day. Do not soak for more than thirty minutes at a time.
    • Try to apply the vinegar directly to affected areas.
    • More exposure of the infection to the vinegar may increase results.
    • You should begin to see improvement within a week or two.
  4. Allow the nails(s) to dry.Letting your nails dry totally before putting on socks or shoes will help to stop the fungus. By depriving the fungus of a moist environment, you help keep it from spreading to other nails.
    • Always strive to keep your feet dry and cool.
    • Warm and moist environments are favored by fungus.
  5. Keep watch over the nail.Practice proper nail and foot hygiene. Clean your nails and keep them trimmed evenly and short. Do not use the "scraper"on any other nail unless it has been first disinfected, since you can spread the fungus this way.Keep watch over the progression of the infection to learn if your treatment is working or not.
    • If the infection gets worse, see a doctor.
    • Try other alternative methods such as snakeroot extract and tea tree oil applications.

Preventing Nail Fungus

  1. Practice basic hygiene and foot care.Taking good care of your feet will lower the risk of getting a nail infection. Using simple preventative measures will help you avoid ever having to deal with nail fungus in the first place.
    • Follow easy preventative measures to avoid nail fungus.
    • Wear sandals or flip flops when in public areas. Never go barefoot.
    • Clean and wash your feet everyday.
  2. Keep your feet cool and dry.Having too much moisture or warmth, brought on by socks or shoes, can encourage nail fungus to grow. Find shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe. You should also make sure that your socks are always clean as they can harbor fungal spores.
    • Make sure your shoes fit well and there is enough room for your toes.
    • Discard old footwear that was worn while having an infection.
  3. Treat athletes foot immediately.Allowing this fungal infection to remain on your foot increases the risk of it spreading to your nails. Stop the potential spread by treating athletes foot as soon as you can.
    • Mild cases of athletes foot can be treated with over-the-counter medications.
    • Difficult cases may require prescription strength medication.
    • Ask your doctor which is right for you.
  4. Care for your nails.Always keep your nails trimmed evenly and short. Use a different pair of nail clippers for your infected nails and your healthy nails. Using the same pair can spread the fungus to healthy nails.
    • Trimming your nails can also help to reduce other nail aliments (breaking or chipping).
    • Clean and sterilize your nail clippers and files after use.

Learning more about Nail Fungus

  1. Know the symptoms.Identifying nail fungus in the early stages can be difficult. Consult your doctor if you have questions about nail fungus. Review the following common symptoms if you believe you may have a fungal nail infection.
    • Brittleness.
    • Change in nail shape.
    • Crumbling of the outside edges of the nail.
    • Debris trapped under the nail.
    • Loosening or lifting up of the nail.
    • Loss of luster and shine on the nail surface.
    • Thickening of the nail.
    • White or yellow streaks on the side of the nail.
  2. Learn about alternative treatments from your doctor.Ask your doctor about other treatments, should the natural vinegar method fail. Schedule an appointment and ask about the following potential treatments:
    • Prescription anti-fungal treatments, usually taken orally.
    • Laser treatments
    • In rare cases, the nail may need to be removed.
  3. Understand the outlook.The fight against nail fungus can be a slow one. Continue regular treatments to ensure the best results.
    • Nails grow very slowly. Positive responses to treatments may be just as slow to see.
    • Fungal infections can return, even after being cured.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I am allergic to powdered detergent. What can I use to wash my clothes?

    Naturopathic Doctor
    Dr. Degrandpre is a licensed naturopathic physician in Washington. She received her N.D. from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007.
    Naturopathic Doctor
    Expert Answer
    There are a number of natural, plant-based detergents available. Try using those. Also, put your clothing through a second (or even third) rinse to make certain you have rinsed out all the soap.
  • Question
    Can I use white vinegar?
    Aleanbh Davey
    Community Answer
    Yes, any vinegar will work, no matter what kind it is. I treated my fungus with white vinegar and it got rid of it very quickly.
  • Question
    After using vinegar, how can I tell if the toe fungus is gone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use it daily for at least two weeks. You may see and feel improvements in the health of your infected skin after the first week, but treat the infected foot for an additional week or two after it improves to ensure that all of the fungus has been killed. I used the vinegar soak method morning and night daily on a persistent foot fungus infection and it disappeared completely after two weeks.
  • Question
    Do I throw out the vinegar solution after each use?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You do not need to change it each time. The pH will keep the vinegar relatively germ free. Wash your feet before the soaks and then keep the container covered with a lid or cloth between soaks
  • Question
    Can I substitute apple cider vinegar for plain vinegar?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. The acid present in both types of vinegar kills off the fungus.
  • Question
    How can I get the hard debris out from under my toenail?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Soaking the foot in warm water with a mild soap will help loosen the debris. Use a soft toothbrush to brush out the debris after soaking your foot. Rinse well and dry completely.
  • Question
    How do I clean debris from under my toenails?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take something like a cuticle tool/pusher and very gently slide the edge under the tip of your toenail. If you feel any pain, stop. Be careful to not use anything sharp!
  • Question
    Do I need to use fresh vinegar water for each use?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    As long as you wash your feet thoroughly before each soak, the vinegar will be fine to use again as long as it is covered in between uses.
  • Question
    Does the vinegar have to be apple cider vinegar?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. The important thing is that the vinegar needs to be mildly acidic.
  • Question
    Should I wash my feet with clean water after soaking?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. Just dry off well. You can then dab on more ACV before you put on your socks. My dermatologist recommended cotton socks.
Unanswered Questions
  • Can I spray vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on my toes daily instead of 30 min. soaking to get rid of toe nail fungus?
  • Can I use a small spray bottle to spray on toes?
  • Do I really have to get rid of all the shoes I've worn since I had the fungus? I soaked my terry house shoes with Clorox.
  • How long will it take for the yellowness to leave?
  • Are there any home remedies for psoriasis (dry flaky skin on body, esp hand and legs and nails)?
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  • It may take several months for a new and healthy nail to grow out. Continue applying vinegar each day until this occurs.
  • Don't cover up nail fungus with any nail polish or varnish.


  • If you have a severe fungal infection, see a health care practitioner.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain vinegar of any brand or type.
  • Nail File or nail clippers.

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X. Zhu

Oct 26, 2019

"I had nail fungus on both my toenails. I tried an antifungal from the pharmacy, but noticed my nails were becomingquite soft so stopped using it. Did not want to spend time soaking my feet every night, so used a dropper to apply undiluted white vinegar (5 - 10 drops on each nail) directly between the nail and the toe. I noticed the fungus stopped spreading and there was no more fungus on new nail growth. It's been 6 months since and am almost fungus-free."

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Jan 14, 2019

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Aug 5, 2019

"Fantastic to see I can use vinegar to rid myself of this nasty toe fungus. I have tried oral pills but reacted verybadly to them, so it's great news that I still might be able to get over this naturally. :)"

Jacqueline Quinn

Aug 4, 2019

"Good, thorough, and detailed information. I will certainly try vinegar on my big toenail in conjunction withover-the-counter medication (a varnish) that has not achieved much so far. Thank you again."

Debby Hand

Apr 14, 2019

"I fight with finger and toenail fungus. Don't know how I got it, but it's very hard to get rid of. Soaked my feetfull strength, then found out I needed to dilute it. Good information about vinegar."

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"My foot started to get really dry and itchy. My nails got thick and funny looking. No matter what I did, it didn'tget better. Now I know what to do to cure it."

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