3 Simple and Effective Natural Cures for Toenail Fungus

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3 Simple and Effective Natural Cures for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a very common disease of the foot nails. Nail infection may affect toenails or fingernails, but toenail infections are particularly common. Some of the causes for this problem are sweating heavily, being in a humid environment, psoriasis and wearing socks and shoes that prevent ventilation and don’t absorb perspiration. Another common causes are going barefoot in damp public places such as swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms, having athlete’s foot, minor skin or nail injury, damaged nail or other infection, having diabetes or circulation problems and a weakened immune system.

When the toenail is infected, the most common symptom is that the nail becomes thickened and discolored, and as the infection progresses the nail can become brittle. If left untreated, the skin underneath and around the nail can become inflamed and painful.

The Best Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat and it may recur, but here I would like to share with you simple and natural cures for toenail fungus:


1. Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Vinegar cure for toenail fungus is very popular. It is recommended to soak the feet in vinegar and water for at least 30 minutes, twice a day or more in order to help kill the fungus.

It is explained that the acidity of vinegar restores pH balance of nails and helps in soothing the discomfort caused due to toenail fungus. Though most types of vinegar can be used in toenail fungus treatment, the recommendation is to use apple cider vinegar as it is known to be the most effective.


You can also soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the nail, but ensure that vinegar stays on your nails for a significant amount of time. Apple cider vinegar is the most commonly used solution for curing fungal infections.

It is a strong astringent and has anti-fungal properties. It is also known to reduce inflammation and pain linked with some stages of fungal infections. It is also recommended to combine vinegar with hydrogen peroxide to form an even more effective solution in wiping out bacteria and viruses.

Soak toes or fingers in a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar every day and fungus will be history in no time. Find here more information on how apple cider vinegar can revolutionize your health and about 11 amazing uses for hydrogen peroxide.


2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Recent controlled trials using tea tree oil show promising opportunity for people suffering from stubborn toenail infections.

This is one of the few problems that uses 100% tea tree oil for maximum results. After several months of testing, doctors found that tea tree oil was on par with the results seen after using standard topical antifungal treatments.

Why use medical treatments with mystery ingredients when there is an all natural alternative that is just as effective?

Paint the oil on the affected nails twice a day for at least two months. The nail has to grow out for the fungus to be eradicated, so you may not see results for a several months.


You can find here more medicinal uses for tea tree oil or if you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is highly alkaline; therefore, when applied to the foot, baking soda can help bring your pH level into balance, making it more difficult for fungi and bacteria to grow. Baking soda is highly alkaline and can balance your pH level so it’s more difficult for fungi to grow.

  • Mix two parts baking soda to one part water in a small dish to make a paste.
  • Use a cotton swab to apply the paste over the entire nail and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Then rinse the paste off and pat the nail dry. Repeat this treatment twice a day until the fungus dies (it can take up to 2 weeks).

The nail may fall off, but this is normal when treating nail fungus, and a new, healthy toenail should be growing instead. Find here more uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.

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23 Responses to 3 Simple and Effective Natural Cures for Toenail Fungus

  1. Sherry-Ann Andall says:

    I’m very much interested in this,am going to try

    • Iris says:

      I ca recommend Tea Tree Oil, the new nail is fine, and the old nail really is being slow to grow out, but I still use the oil daily to make sure. Another good treatment is Vicks Vapour Rub on the affected nail(s), tho again, the nail needs to take its course to grow out

      • JOHN says:


  2. Arci says:

    Can you be most specific on how to combined the ACV and hydrogen peroxide, like how many Milliliters should each have to dilute

  3. Israr Khattak says:

    Really very much appricated.already using natural hurbs for my self and fmly treatmen especially in diabeties..suger..HCV nd other stomch problems..
    very effective wth no side effect

  4. Jamie says:

    Where can I buy hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar ? As I have all the signs of a fungal toe nail problem also how much do these items cost to purchase them please , Thank you for all your advice

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jamie, you can buy hydrogen peroxide at the pharmacy and ACV in the supermarket.

      • Hilda says:

        Hi ,like to know please if I can have the toenails painted while I use the ACV and if is painfull when the new nail grows??
        Really like the article Tyvm.

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Hilda, I wouldn’t apply nail polish while you do the treatment. I think it’s best to leave the nail as is to better absorb the ACV. I don’t think it is painful when the new nail grows.

  5. Pamela Caldwell says:


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Pamela, I have read that the direct combination of the two substances produces an oxidizing agent known as peracetic acid, but I don’t know how stable this new substance is so perhaps it is best to prepare a new batch, but I’m not entirely sure.

  6. Cinnamon Vogue says:

    Another major cause of the toenail fungus is Candida, which thrives on a sugar rich diet. Research shows that Cinnamon is effective against antibiotic resistant Candida and also scrubs excess sugar from your system. A cup of Ceylon Cinnamon Tea infused with cinnamon bark oil is just the trick.

    For topical treatment try Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 75% Eugenol. This is one of the most powerful essential oils you can get and kills bacteria and fungus far more effectively. Dilute to 1% with 99% water and apply. Results within a week for mild cases. A really stubborn case with the toenail all destroyed will take 7 months until a new toenail grows.

    One trick we learnt is that you must also cut, file and clean your toenails every 3rd day. And take out sugar and dairy. And never miss a treatment. Use Ceylon Cinnamon which can be taken daily unlike Cassia Cinnamon which has high levels of Coumarin that will cause liver damage.

  7. pooja says:

    My mother is suffering from the problem of nail infection on hand for the last 2 years .but no medical treatment has got results. She did try some home remedies also but in vain . now doctors are recommending het to operate the finger and get the infected nail out.suggest the wsway out.

    • Jenny says:

      I wouldn’t rush to take out the nail. I’m not sure if your mother tried laser treatment (alone or with medications) and if it’s suitable for her problem, but it might be worth asking the doctor about it.

  8. tanja says:

    Good information on toenail fungus
    What is tea tree oil. Is that like Melalouc

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