Due to use, shoe choice and a variety of other factors, feet can take a real beating. When neglected, the skin around the feet and toes becomes cracked and hard. Thankfully, with a little Vaseline petroleum jelly the situation is fixable. Because Vaseline petroleum jelly is messy, it should only be worn at nighttime. Wearing the petroleum jelly when you will be moving about may cause injuries due to slipping and falling.

Things You'll Need

Fill a large plastic tub three-quarters full with hot water. The water should be hot enough to touch, but not scalding. Add Epsom salt to the water and let it set for a few minutes to dissolve. The ratio of Epsom salt to water is 1:2.

Soak your feet in the Epsom salt for approximately 30 minutes. Towel dry.

Scrub away dead skin, corns or rough patches with a pumice stone. Use a quick back-and-forth motion with light to medium pressure. Do not scrub too hard as this can lead to cuts and scrapes. If you cannot locate a pumice stone, a foot file will work.

Apply a generous amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your feet and ankles. Get in-between the toes, paying special attention to the heels and the outsides of the feet.

Slip cotton socks over your feet and leave on for the night. Wash away the Vaseline in the morning. Apply Vaseline to the feet and cover with socks nightly until your feet are soft and smooth. Soak your feet in Epsom salt and scrub with a pumice stone as needed.


  • If you do not have a plastic tub, a disposable roasting pan works.