If you’re desperate to find a cure for your unsightly cracked feet but haven't got time for a pedicure, then look no further than your very own fruit bowl.

Some people are fans of rubbing banana skin on their toes and making a foot mask from mashed banana. And that’s not all. Read on for some other strange ways people have been treating their tootsies…

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This is probably not so surprising, given that Vaseline is now generally thought to be a catch-all moisturiser.


But the key to softening those calluses and tough, dry skin on your feet is apparently in the consistency – according to its fans, you should rub Vaseline onto your toes every night and then pop on some cotton socks to keep the moisturising effect going while you sleep.

Vicks Vaporub

This popular decongestant is something of a superhero in the medicine cabinet, as not only does it help unblock your nasal passages, it can also soften up your feet and is often used by podiatrists to treat fungal infections.

Its ingredients - camphor, eucalyptus and menthol in a turpentine oil base - are very soothing, while helping to trap moisture, thus softening your hard skin. Rub on at night, then wash off in the morning with warm water.

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Vinegar and mouthwash

Yeah, we’re not sure about this combo either – just think of the smell. The idea behind this one is that the acids in the vinegar get to work breaking down the skin, while the mouthwash leaves your feet minty fresh.

Try mixing one part vinegar to one part mouthwash, and two parts water, and soaking for 10 minutes to see if it works for you.

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Milk and honey

Now we all know Cleopatra liked to bathe in asses’ milk, so surely there’s some scientific basis behind this one? Dr Khan doesn’t think it would be all that effective at softening tough skin as there’s nothing oily in the mix to trap moisture. Yummy to drink though!