Vicks VapoRub wasn’t exactly intended for use on toenail fungus, but it turns out, the ingredients in it—camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol—are really effective in controlling this issue. If you wish to try Vicks as a home treatment, be aware that it may be months before it completely eradicates the fungus. If at any time during treatment the fungus appears to be getting worse, see your physician.

Things You'll Need

Trim the toenail that’s affected with the nail fungus. Immediately after trimming, cleanse your nail clippers with hot soapy water, then rinse them with rubbing alcohol.

Wash your foot, paying special attention to the nail. Dry it thoroughly with a towel.

Scoop some Vicks out of the container with a spoon to keep things sanitary—you don’t want to apply the Vicks to your infected toenail and then put your finger back into the jar.

Apply the Vicks to your toenail. Be sure to completely cover the nail, getting under the nail and down into the cuticle. To get the Vicks in the edges of and under the nail, you can use a disposable orange stick or cotton swab.

Rub the Vicks in thoroughly and cover the toe with a bandage or sock. This helps the Vicks absorb, rather than rubbing off on sheets or furnishings.

Repeat this twice daily, in the morning and evening. Be patient—it may take up to five months before you see progress.


  • Keep all of your toenails trimmed, dry, and clean to prevent developing nail fungus.
  • Immediately wash all towels used on the affected foot.