Jen Tries A New Pinterest Project For Your Tootsies

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It’s summer and all of the swimming, water play, and sandal wearing activities are making my feet look bad. Hobbit with a hangnail bad. My heels are cracked and peeling. No scrubbing, loofah, or cream is working at this point. I need to find a beauty fix or else I am going to have to seriously consider Birkenstocks with socks for the rest of the summer. Nobody should do Birkenstocks with socks.

So what does this savvy mom do when she needs to solve a problem? You got it: I hit Pinterest!

It’s time for a new Jen Nails It Pinterest Challenge!

Fortunately for me, Pinterest has loads of great ideas for treating my gnarly feet, but most require time and ingredients I do not readily have available. A little more research leads me to the beauty solution I had been looking for. Yay! This is the DIY treatment my sad feet have been waiting their whole life for…..

All I would need was Listerine, warm water, vinegar and a pumice stone. All of which I have.

Now armed with my DIY beauty plan it was time to mix up my foot concoction.

Here are the directions, per Pinterest:

1. Pour 1 cup Listerine into a large bowl or container you can put your feet in.

Wow, Listerine smells TERRIBLE! Who invented this stuff and why would you put it in your mouth?

2. Pour 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups warm water into your container.

See how I just took a bad thing and made it worse?

Now it smells like a French Cheese Factory was transported to the Tucson desert and allowed to sit unattended in the scorching sun for 8 months. The dogs and children have vacated the room, our rabbit is feet up with his back leg twitching, and the fish are in the far corner of their bowl.  The six-year-old’s love for me is severely tested.

3. All right time to set-up some fancy spa digs.

Child size rocking chair. Check

Casserole dish with the solution. Check

4. Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes in the mixture.

That means a little time to peruse some Instagram goodness on my phone.

Seven minutes in I am feeling kind of bored, so here is a picture of what my sink looks like while I am sitting here. Don’t forget to link up your Mommy Reality.

After about 10 minutes, I gently lift one foot up to look at it. Is it me or does my foot look kind of blue?

I ask my husband to come and look and he confirms that yes indeed it does look blue.  My husband then informs me that Cool Mint Listerine is not the default flavor of Listerine. This little tidbit of information might have unintended consequences later on.  He then asks me if something died in the kitchen.

It’s been 20 minutes and now it is time to take my feet out of the solution so I can scrub with the pumice stone.

Oh my goodness my feet are Smurfy blue!!

5. Use pumice stone to gently scrub off dry skin.

Quite a bit of blue stuff is coming off onto my pumice stone. This is good.

Did the Listerine Foot Scrub Work?

Yes it did. My feet and heels feel and look pretty soft, but they are semi-permanently dyed a lovely shade of Easter egg blue.

So although my feet are soft, I am not sure that having them dyed blue gets me closer to not having to hide my feet for the rest of the summer.  Anyone know where I can get a good pair of Birkenstocks cheap?

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!



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  1. Hi, um, Jen?

    It’s Courtney from The Brown Girl with Long Hair blog (which you so graciously stopped by today and left such a nice comment).

    I think I love you. This is the Best. Post. I’ve. Read. Today. Hands down.

    Or should I say, feet down? Mine look like a pair of hooves. I must go. Time to go on a hunt for where I last saw the vinegar in this house…
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      You are awesome, thank you, thank you! Your comment has me smiling from ear to ear, because when you do something as memorable as dye your feet blue it’s just gotta be shared.

      Good luck if you do try it, it does work and the shade of blue is rather lovely.
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  2. Just going on the fact that it cleared the room would encourage me to try this soak at least daily – perfect, twenty minutes of alone time. Think I’ll be sticking to a warm foot soak, followed by a slathering of Vaseline and a pair of cotton socks for the night to banish the gnarly feet look though.
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  3. Hope the blue comes out! And I haven’t been following all that long but I love your blog name and the Man-day posts. I liked his take on Facebook. I’ve enjoyed your Reality posts because we’ve all been there.
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  4. Ha! That’s so funny! And something I’d totally do – turn my feet blue because I used something blue as an experiment designed to make me feel better about the way I look. Sorry, but I just have to laugh at this :)
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  5. you see these things on Facebook all the time and wonder if there’s any truth to it. thank you for being a guinea pig & finding out! Over from SITS Saturday.

  6. I loved the post, especially the descriptions of your gnarly feet! “Hobbit with a hangnail bad” lol! BTW, they don’t even look that bad in the before pic! I will definitely have to try that recipe for my feet, but maybe I’ll go with the regular listerine instead of the blue, just sayin’! Have a good one!
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  7. Oh Jen! This was hysterical. You are quickly becoming one of my favorite people to follow. Thank you for linking up again to Friday Favorites last week. Sorry it took me so long to catch up.
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