Michele Andersen

Toenail fungus is quite common and can be caused by several contributing factors, including wearing sweaty socks for a prolonged period of time, sharing footwear, and walking barefoot in public places such a pools and gyms. Toenail fungus has a variety of symptoms: change in toenail color, a bad-smelling odor coming from the nail, and a hardening of the toenail. It's imperative that the fungus is treated as soon as possible. Follow this simple home remedy to help kill the nail fungus without using harmful chemicals.

Michele Andersen

Pour 3 cups of antiseptic mouthwash and 3 cups of apple cider vinegar into a large basin.

Soak the foot (or feet) with the nail fungus in the basin for 30 minutes.

Remove your foot from the basin and dry thoroughly with a clean towel.

Michele Andersen

Pour equal parts tea tree oil, thyme oil and olive oil into a 6 ounce bottle with a dropper.

Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Use the dropper to apply the oil mixture to the infected nail(s).

Allow the oil to sit on the nail(s) for at least 15 minutes.

Michele Andersen

Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the oil mixture into the nail(s).

Repeat this entire process at least once a day until the fungus has cleared up.


This remedy can be used on fingernails as well as toenails.


If you do not notice any improvement after 5 to 7 days of using this remedy, seek medical attention.

About the Author

Tammi Clements

Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.