Treat Nail Fungus With Bleach: Does It Work?


Some people have found that bleach can be extremely helpful in treating nail fungus. Bleach treatment for nail fungus was used for many years before prescription and over the counter treatments were available. While bleaching is considered to be a safe way to treat toenail fungus, some people object to it because it does not alleviate the fungus as quickly as commercial medications.

Many people have liquid or powdered bleach in their laundry rooms and some may have facial hair bleach in their medicine cabinets. Foot care professionals often recommend using one part bleaching powder to one hundred parts of water to keep the feet clean and fresh. Others recommend it as way to remove the stains caused by nail fungus. Visit to learn more about symptoms, prevention and treatment options.

When bleach is used for the purpose of killing nail fungus, more dilution and contact time are needed. Before bleaching, trim the toenail as much as possible and file the nail. Then take one tablespoon of bleaching powder or liquid and mix it with one gallon of water. Soak the toenail for at least 30 minutes a day. Some people soak the nail for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.

Some people go to the extent of using one part bleach to four parts water or even put bleaching power directly on the infected toenail but extreme care must be taken when using this approach. Bleaching powder is a corrosive chemical which can severely irritate the skin and the fumes from bleaching powder can damage the respiratory system. Make sure that there are no children around when you using this soaking method to cure your nail fungus infection.

Sometimes a small amount hydrogen peroxide is added to the soaking solutions. Some people even use a few drops of Listerine mouthwash in the soak. Other add vinegar. Either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar may be used. Apple cider vinegar can be taken by mouth twice daily to help prevent and cure fungal nail infections.

People who use bleach to cure toenail fungus usually find that it takes two to three months for the fungus to cure completely. Although it takes a while for bleach to cure the toenail infection, it is considered safe if it is used in the proper dilution.

Rich Fuller

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mam January 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

What is the best and surest treatment for toe nail fungus? Is there a diet for it?
Many treatments have failed over the years. My dermatologist prescribed 3 months of pulses with two different medications in a three year period with space between and blood work to check for liver damage along the way, which thankfully was OK. Guess what–it’s back. There was the 3 month period that I soaked the toes twice daily in peroxide and vinegar and rinsed in bleach as described by an internet site–no lasting cure. I’ve used tea tree oil–no lasting effect. I’ve been told it is a fungal infection that must be treated by diet by another medical source, but no specifics. Has anytone out there done this when all other treatments have failed?

lettycoss January 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

lamisil pills work best on most people, but u have to have regular liver blood tests.
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krennao January 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

No and pretty much everything you tried, I would have suggested. I would go back to your doctor, you may need more then one treatment again. However not sure what your diet is that is creating this.

I assumed its Athlete’s feet, due to sweating and that fungus grows under the nail. Are you keeping your feet dry? You may have to buy some meds for a topical solution other then a natural cure you have been using.

Meaning use what the football players use, and get some internal meds in you for the nail fungus.
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