Here’s a step-by-step guide to using hydrogen peroxide for a foot soak and to help remove dead skin and calluses:
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
- Warm to hot water
- A basin or bucket
- A pumice stone or foot file
- Moisturizer or foot cream (optional)
- Prepare the Foot Soak: Fill a basin or bucket with warm to hot water. The water should be comfortably hot but not scalding. Add hydrogen peroxide to the water. The recommended ratio is three parts water to one part hydrogen peroxide, but you can adjust this based on your preference. You don’t need to be precise; eyeballing it is fine.
- Soak Your Feet: Place your feet in the hydrogen peroxide and water mixture. Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes. This soaking helps soften calluses and can help with various foot issues.
- Remove Dead Skin: After soaking, take a pumice stone or foot file and gently rub it over the areas with calluses and dead skin. The hydrogen peroxide will have softened the skin, making it easier to remove. Be gentle and avoid excessive rubbing, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Dry Your Feet: Pat your feet dry with a clean towel. Make sure to thoroughly dry between your toes to prevent moisture buildup.
- Moisturize (Optional): Apply a moisturizer or foot cream to keep your feet soft and hydrated. This step is especially important if you’ve removed a lot of dead skin, as it helps prevent dryness.
- Repeat as Needed: Depending on the severity of your calluses or other foot issues, you may need to repeat this process regularly to see improvement. For some, once a week may be sufficient, while others may need more frequent treatment.
- Maintenance: To maintain healthy feet, consider regular foot care, including using a pumice stone or foot file during showers or baths, applying moisturizer daily, and wearing appropriate footwear.