Toenail Fungus
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Natural Nail Fungus Treatments: Effective Home Remedies

| Modified on May 13, 2024
Posted by Tyler (Canada) on 02/23/2024

For the toe nail fungus. Use fenbendazole with a drop or two of Liquid dmso. You don't have to overdo it. Just rub this around and under the nail and a little on the toe. Put a little on the other nails too for good measure. Fenbendazole in the tube found at feed lots and typically given to horses is what I used. One tube should do the trick. Just a little bit twice a day till it clears up. I usually put a drop on a q tip of dmso then a pinch of the fenbendazole paste and rub it around.

Application Hints
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 12/19/2023

For better results and penetration of every active ingredient you use, a Scholl product suggests filing the infected nail first. Their plan is to file the nail once per week (with a new or disinfected file) but apply the active ingredient every day. Repeat this for four weeks. Then in the second stage of protection just aply once per week until the new nail is developed and no discoloration exists.

Posted by Linda (Minnesota) on 11/30/2023

Thank you, Frank. I saw a Youtube video in which a guy had a fingernail fungus and he used a cigarette lighter on the nail for several days. He did not recommend it because he didn't want his video to be taken down (and he expressed that on the video). After about a week of holding the flame of the lighter a few inches away from, but directly toward the nail, his fungus disappeared and the new nail grew out perfectly. I was amazed to see that. Here's that video:

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by zalmus (Israel) on 09/25/2023

My guess it has to be ACV, not white vinegar. Although many comments relate to White Vinegar too. Also Hydrogen Peroxide 3%.

Macadamia Nut Oil
Posted by William (New York, New York ) on 08/13/2023

My toenail, also, dropped off on left big toe and right peeled off like butter. I'm looking at very much healthier and getting better toes.

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/21/2022

Applying a capsaicin-containing liniment to toenails will eliminated nail fungus. I've been using Watkins “Red” liniment on my feet and legs for temporary relief of my RA and minor aches and pains. Red liniment uses the counter-irritant camphor in a 3.5% solution and Capsaicin “red peppers”.

A few months ago, I started using this liniment with capsaicin for sore muscles and joints, but I thought I'd try it on my toenails and nail folds. I applied it twice a day, after my morning shower and before bed. After four weeks and less than $25, the fungus was undetectable on my toe nails.

Birch Oil
Posted by Susan (British Columbia) on 10/07/2022

I tried everything under the Sun for fungus on my fingernails (bleach, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, fennel oil, Vicks etc.). Purely by chance I discovered Birch Essential Oil when I was using it with coconut oil to help with cellulite! I would put approximately one Tablespoon of coconut oil in my hand, add 1-2 drops of Birch essential oil (too much is not a good thing!!! ) and rub my hands together until well blended. Then I would massage it on my legs, butt and belly after my daily shower. After a month of this I realized I no longer was getting inflammation under and on my cuticles and my nails were growing out. I only wish I had before and after photos to show how amazingly well this worked.

Black Cumin
Posted by Longbow_Texas (San Antonio, TX) on 09/23/2022

For toenail fungus, how much, how often, and for how long each time, for how many days?

Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 07/31/2022 84 posts


I suggest you guys use the "Colorless Iodine". Further, watch out for the "100% Natural Iodine", and "Lugol's Iodine", too, because the latter two will stain your nails. Further, watch out for fungus-infected big toenails, too, because if your nails gets stained, they will remain stained for many years to come, because the nail growth rate of fungus-infected big toenails is so slow that it is unbelievable.

Posted by Valdoria (Jacksonville, Fl) on 04/12/2017

I have been using borax in water 5 days on/2 days off - for about 3 weeks... I feel rather tired which I attribute to possible detox.

However, my skin looks better and I can tell my feet appear to be shedding a bit of old fungal skin which is nice. I take 1/8 tsp in water a day and usually make a match tea with it in the morning. I sometimes will take a hot bath with 1 cup of epsom salt and 1 tblsp of borax and it does make my skin feel good, yet a bit dry... it does seem to be helping with healing.

Baking Soda
Posted by Leanne (Australia ) on 03/12/2022

Try spraying with tea tree oil.

Baking Soda
Posted by Natrelief (Seattle, OR) on 03/12/2022

I have been battling toe fungus on 3 toes for years. Vinegar, borax and now baking soda soaks have all slowly helped. I feel like I'm finally on the home stretch and my nails are looking healthy again.. thanks to baking soda. I wish I'd thought of this at the start! I am still soaking for 20 min daily. I alternate between straight vinegar, borax in water, or baking soda in water. All have helped. But what has really seemed to help is putting a little baking soda in the toe of my sock! I'm sure that not wearing socks and getting sun on my feet will help when the weather gets warm, but during the cold months, baking soda in your sock keeps them in an inhospitable environment for fungi all day long. I also give them a little dusting of it before I go to bed. I hope this helps! I will never get another pedicure. Now, I really prize the look of healthy natural toe nails!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Peroxide, Vicks, Antibiotic Ointment
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 02/23/2022 84 posts

"I rubbed this mixture on my finger nail 3 times a day."

Comment for everybody:

Please notice Floridagirl applied peroxide to a fingernail. Toenails are a whole different ball game. Many years ago I applied peroxide to a toenail. An ugly, thick nail came off painlessly. However, walking became a pain for many months. Toenails are a lot more sensitive than fingernails.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 02/23/2022 84 posts

Question for everybody: How long do you have to soak, before this thick unsightly toenail comes ovf painlessly?

What is it that I'm doing wrong?

I soak the nail in a 3% white vinegar for up to 6 hours per day, but the thick unsightly part of the nail remains hard as a rock. Neither my nail scissors nor my nail file is, or seems to be, any help.

Any advice?

Urine Therapy
Posted by Linda B. (Oregon) on 02/11/2022

Have you ever heard of using urine? My husband had toenail fungus so bad he literally had no nails on both big toes! I heard about using urine and finally talked him into peeing into a shallow pan and soaking his feet for a few minutes. I could only get him to do it once as he thought I was crazy but after a few months, his nails started to grow back to normal! I still can't believe it worked after only one quick treatment.

PS, it's free😍

Hydrogen Peroxide, Iodine
Posted by Lon (Martinez, Georgia) on 12/14/2021

Has anyone else had success with this method?

Posted by Frank (Thunder Bay, ON, CA) on 11/14/2021

About ten years ago, I had a nail fungus that had existed for about three years. I tried a number of the over the counter solutions and none of them worked. I talked to the pharmacist and keep in mind this was ten years ago and I don't know what's available now. At that time, the pharmacist said that there were pills but that they were only marginally effective, if at all, and there was considerable risk in taking these pills.

So, I started considering other ways I might get medication below the nail to treat it. At one point I even considered drilling a hole through the nail to try and introduce some kind of medication.

Then, having made wine for years, I was aware that if the primary fer-mentor became too warm/hot that the yeast would die in what's called a 'struck' fermentation. When that happens the must needs to be cooled down and new yeast needs to be introduced, to restart the fermentation.

I wondered, if heat can kill yeast, perhaps it could also kill fungus. So, here's what I did.


I took a piece of congregated cardboard about six inches square and made a hole about a half inch in diameter in the centre. For those using metric, this would be about 15 cm and the hole would be about 1.3 cm. If you are treating multiple nails you should consider making multiple templates with different size centre holes commensurate with the size of the nail to be treated. The hole should always be smaller than the size of the nail being treated. The purpose of the cardboard is to protect the skin surrounding the nail, so that only the nail receives the treatment. One further thing I needed was a handheld electric hairdryer.

Treatment: So, each morning after I had my shower, I would hold the cardboard over the nail that needed treatment, and direct the heat of the hair dryer through to hole in the cardboard to treat the nail underneath until I felt a minor pinch. I would then wait about twenty seconds or so for it to cool down, and then do this two more times. I originally intended to do this for seven days, but in the end, just to be sure, I did this for a total of ten days.

I then just allowed the nail to grow out. The nail grew back and there was no more fungus. That was ten years ago and the fungus has not returned.

I hope this is of help to anyone out there that's needing this solution.



Lemongrass Essential Oil
Posted by John B (Pahoa, HI 96778) on 10/21/2021

I used lemongrass oil after beginning a probiotic a month earlier. The lemongrass oil killed the fungus and infected nails. I used it until it irritated the surrounding skin. Two months after taking the probiotics I can see new healthy nail growth at the cuticle, the old dead nails are like scabs. I expect the combination is the answer as I had an appendectomy in 1970 and the fungal symptoms started in the mid 1990's.

Posted by Steve S (Portland OR) on 10/20/2021

To the OP or the broader community:

1 — What does MMS stand for?

2 — What is “eating totally alkaline “?

Vitamin E Oil
Posted by Jamberry (NC) on 10/17/2021

Update to my original post:

The nails cleared up. I persisted in using Vit. E oil for two years, once a day, then stopped. The fungus has NEVER returned!

Posted by Kris (Nyc) on 10/03/2021

Hey Sarah,

did you ever find something that helped?

Posted by Dave (Virginia) on 07/25/2021

The easiest way to alkalize is to use baking soda 1 teaspoon in a large glass of water once a day for 2-5 times a week depending on ur situation. Baking soda alkalizes you and helps to clear up all kinds of things in your body. We are way too acidic from the food we eat. This causes many physical problems. Don't buy expensive alkalized water. Baking soda is cheap and it is used in many foods . It is harmless unless like anything else u use way too much too much of anything is not good. GOD BLESS ALL WHO READ THIS.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by John (Pahoa, HI 96778) on 05/20/2021 6 posts

I recently began treatment with hydrogen peroxide after having lived with chronic toenail fungus for over 20 years. I used 6% H202 to soak my feet for 20 minutes each night for a month. As the fungus was killed off the damaged part of the nail softened and peeled off painlessly. I switched to borax soaks, and the nails are thinner and clearing. I still soak on alternate days and apply Kerasal and now the nails are normal except for the length in only 2 months!

Posted by Sarah (vancouver ) on 03/04/2021

I am also based in Vancouver and have been struggling with nail fungus. How are your nails doing in 2020? Did you ever manage to find colourless iodine here in Vancouver? What has helped you most?? I appreciate your help. I'm in desperate need of it.

White Vinegar
Posted by Allyson (Colorado Springs) on 02/27/2020

I cannot stand the smell of ACV, plain old white vinegar works just as well, I would spray it on the 3 toes 2x a day, waited til the entire toenail bed grew out, no more toenail fungus, rah! Just put the white vinegar in a glass bottle so no plastic uglies leach into the vinegar. It really, really works!!

10-Undecylenic Acid
Posted by Larry E (United States) on 07/30/2019

Laura, Can you comment on the brand or type used? Is it a pill, or liquid? Internal right? Thanks!

10-Undecylenic Acid
Posted by Alicia (USA) on 02/15/2019

Hi Laura. How much please? Thx!

10-Undecylenic Acid
Posted by E. (Bklyn, NY) on 01/24/2019

Hi, How can I find out more about using the undecyclinic acid on empty stomach for toe nail fungus?? Thank you.

10-Undecylenic Acid
Posted by Laura T. (Catonsville, MD) on 01/19/2019

10 Undecyclinic Acid for Nail Fungus: We used 1 in am and 1 pm on empty stomach and it cleared up my husband's toe nail fungus that he had been trying to get rid of for years!

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Richard T. (Columbus, Georgia) on 01/04/2019

I pour a little rubbing alcohol, the cheap stuff you buy for a dollar a bottle also called isopropenal, on my toe nails after I shower. It works well for me. The alcohol soakes into the nail and the fungus.

Posted by Rae (Pasadena, CA) on 01/26/2021

I tried many remedies, for my nail fungus (both thumbs and an index finger) but what actually worked was filing down the nails with fungus (about once a week) and then putting a layer of decolorized iodine on my nails followed by a bit of petroleum jelly to moisturize.

I did this every night before bed until the nails grew out a beautiful pink color. I'm so happy to get my nails back! And this remedy is do cheap!