Toenail fungus is most commonly caused by moisture, mold or yeast, and is often painful and uncomfortable. White or yellow stains covering the nail tip are most often the first stage of a fungal nail infection.
The stains can change shape and color over time, and the nail can start to thicken and crumble, which can cause a great deal of discomfort. In the absence of proper treatment, the fungus is very hard to get rid of. What you probably did not know, however, is that baking soda is one of the most effective home remedies for toenail fungus.
How to Use Baking Soda to Treat Fungus?
A mixture of baking soda and vinegar works best because baking soda is not fungicidal, which means it will not kill the fungus. Baking soda is used to prevent the fungus from growing and spreading further. To kill off the fungus, we need the vinegar.
You will need:
- 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- a washbowl to soak your feet
- paper towels
Fill up a washbowl with water and pour in a cup of vinegar. Soak your feet for about 15 minutes and then dry off using paper towels. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda and repeat one more time.
Repeat several times a day. Make sure you soak your feet twice each time, once only with vinegar and once with baking soda as well. The idea behind this process is that the vinegar first destroys the fungus, and the soda acts to prevent it from growing and spreading further.