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The Beer Soak Method – A Homeopathic remedy for nail fungus. How to do it and why it works.

The Beer Soak Method – A Homeopathic remedy

for nail fungus. How to do it and why it works.

The strange yellow color that you see on your finger and toenails is not only unattractive but possibly harmful. This is caused by a fungus that lives just along the nail bed and beneath the nail itself. It is not uncommon for affected nails to become rough and thick, along with the yellowing that has already been spoken of. So if you don’t wish to take a prescription medication as recommended by a doctor, what do you do? Fortunately there is another option for folks who prefer the homeopathic approach to medicine.

By combining dark beer, more commonly known as Stout, white vinegar, and acidophilus, a medicinal soak can be created to immerse the affected nails in. Acidophilus, a helpful bacteria, combined with the alcohol in the beer, work together to create an environment that is not conducive to the continued growth of the nail fungus.

So what is it about this mixture that makes it work to cure nail fungus problems?

By combining the vinegar and acidophilus, you are creating a negative climate for the nail fungus. High acidity environments kill off unproductive bacteria like fungus, while still allowing productive bacteria, like acidophilus to thrive and encourage their pro-biotic tendencies to help fight off infection. The alcohol in the beer works to soften the tissue around the nail as well as the nail itself, thus allowing the acidic environment to permeate (enter) the nail in order to do its job.

Nail Fungus Soak Recipe


  • 1 tub or bowl large enough to soak the affected area (your feet or hands)
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 pints of Stout – Many beer companies make a stout or dark beer. Guinness is the most well known.
  • 1 sachet of acidophilus – the standard sachet potency is 125 billion organisms.
  • Nail File* Use once a week


Please note: Once you have made this mixture, the same batch can be used repeatedly for up to 48 hours. Don’t throw it out right away.

Mix the vinegar, stout and acidophilus in the soaking tub.

Soak the affected area (infected nails on your hands or feet) for 30 minutes.

After you have soaked the affected area for 30 minutes, remove your hands or feet from the mixture and wash the affected area with warm water and soap. Pat dry.

Repeat these directions twice a day for between 3 to 6 months, until the affected area clears up.

*Once a week: Immediately after removing your hands or feet from the mixture, (before washing with warm water and soap) Use a nail file to file the affected nails down, to expose new nail.  Return the affected area to the mixture for an additional 30 minutes so that the newly exposed nail is able to receive the medicinal properties of the mixture, inhibiting the further growth of the fungus.

Some users may find that the area around their nails is sensitive to the soaking mixture. If this is the case, then reduce the frequency of treatment from twice a day to once a day.

This treatment should start to show efficacy within one week to one month, depending on the individual and the severity of the fungal infection. The treatment is most effective if strictly adhered to instead of missing regular treatments. Once the fungus starts to clear up, the nail in the affected areas will start to grow back strong and clear. As you trim your nails, cutting away the infected nail as you cure it, your nails will grow in healthy behind the damaged area. There should be no more yellowing or thickness in the healthy nail.

It takes about 12 weeks for the nail to grow in fully and replace itself from infected to unaffected area.