15 Quick and Effective Home Remedies for Blisters on Feet

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There isn’t anything that causes more discomfort than a blister on your foot. Getting rid of them quickly is always a high priority and we’ve got 15 quick home remedies to help you get rid of them. What causes blisters on feet?

Blisters on feet are most often friction blisters from rubbing inside of shoes or from some other type of friction. That friction creates a raised soft pocket of skin, which is filled with a clear serum or plasma and serves as protection against infection for the underlying skin as it heals.

These 15 quick remedies for blisters on feet will bring relief, but they are not all-inclusive. Severe cases from burns need to be tended to by your health care provider.

15 Effective Home Remedies for Blisters on Feet

Deodorant Gel

One of the best ways to prevent blisters on feet from forming is the use of deodorant gel with new or ill-fitting shoes.

What to do:

  • Before putting on your socks and/or shoes, make certain that your feet are clean.
  • Apply deodorant gel to your feet.
  • Put on your shoes.

How it works:
Blisters thrive on moisture and friction. By using deodorant to keep your feet dry, it helps prevent them.

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Green Tea

You can also gain relief from blisters on your feet from green tea.

What to do:

  • Boil three green tea bags in a quart of boiling water.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Allow the tea to cool and pour it into a wide shallow basin or add ice to cool it more quickly.
  • Soak your blistered foot or feet in the tea for 15 to 20 minutes.

How it works:
The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of the mixture will help soothe your feet.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one will sting a little, but for a popped blister nothing will prevent infection and speed healing better than apple cider vinegar.

What to do:

  • Use a cotton ball to dab vinegar on each blister.
  • Repeat 2 or 3 times per day.

How it works:
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that will speed healing, especially if the lymphatic serum is no longer protecting the skin beneath.

Aloe Vera

The gel from the aloe vera plant is best known for its treatment of stings, bites, and burns. In essence, a blister is a type of burn.

What to do:

  • Purchase aloe vera gel and dab it onto your blisters 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Break off a shoot of an aloe vera plant.
  • Split the shoot lengthwise, dividing its thinner dimension.
  • Rub the gel from the shoot on your blisters.

How it works:
The soothing and healing relief that comes from aloe vera’s soothing anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties are well known and highly effective.

Vitamin E

The gel inside of a vitamin E capsule is also a great way to relieve the sting of blisters on feet and make them heal more rapidly.

What to do:

  • You can apply a cream or gel with vitamin E oil in it.
  • Or, just stick a pin in or clip off the tip of a vitamin E capsule.
  • Apply the gel to your blisters.

How it works:
Vitamin E is well known for its properties of repairing and restoring the vitality of the skin.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is another powerful healing agent for blisters on the feet.

What to do:

  • Apply castor oil to your blisters before going to bed.
  • Cover with gauze strips to keep it in place.

How it works:
Castor oil has a three-way punch as an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. It helps dry up blisters but keeps them protected as it does.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a tried and true method for healing blisters on feet from days gone by.

What to do:

  • Dab witch hazel on your blisters with a cotton ball.
  • Cover your blisters and leave them on overnight.

How it works:
Witch hazel has both antimicrobial properties as well as works as an astringent to help dry up your blisters.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is effective at treating blisters on feet.

What to do:

  • Make sure that your feet are clean and dry.
  • Dab a cotton ball or cotton swab in tea tree oil and apply the oil to blisters.
  • Keep it covered to keep the oil in place.

How it works:
Terpinin-4-ol is the active ingredient in tea tree oil. Its antimicrobial and healing properties are well documented.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is a simple and safe way to treat blisters on your feet.

What to do:

  • Fill a foot tub with warm water and stir in 1 to 2 Tbsp of Epson salt.
  • Allow your feet to soak in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove your feet from the water pat them dry and apply an essential oil.
  • Repeat daily for several days.

How it works:
Epsom salt, because it’s high in magnesium, helps reduce inflammation and pain. It also has antibacterial properties to keep your blisters from becoming infected.

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White Toothpaste

Believe it or not, plain white toothpaste without gel and whiteners can help treat blisters on feet.

What to do:

  • Place a dab of toothpaste on your finger or a cotton swab.
  • Cover the affected area with the paste and let it sit for 2 hours.
  • Rinse it off with a damp cloth and apply essential oil.
  • Repeat a couple of times daily until the blister is gone.

How it works:
Because toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, and baking soda, it not only helps dry out your blister, but it can give you some relief from itching as well.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is another treatment to consider for blisters on the feet. You can relieve the discomfort and disinfect your blisters too.

What to do:

  • Sterilize a needle in rubbing alcohol.
  • Pop blister with a needle.
  • Apply lavender essential oil to the blister for several days until the blister dries up.

How it works:
Lavender both soothes the sting and itch and helps keep it from getting infected.

Petroleum Jelly

As simple as it sounds, petroleum jelly is another great way to treat blisters on feet.

What to do:

  • Dab a cotton swab in petroleum jelly.
  • Apply jelly to your blisters.
  • Cover with gauze overnight to keep the jelly in place.
  • Repeat as needed.

How it works:
Petroleum jelly creates a barrier against foreign objects and helps avoid further aggravation until the blister is healed.


Chamomile isn’t just a special tea to help you relax and sleep better; it can also help treat blisters on your feet.

What to do:

  • Make chamomile tea with 3 to 4 tea bags or 3 to 4 tsp of tea.
  • Let it cool until it’s slightly warm to the touch.
  • Dip a rag or cloth in the tea and wring out excess moisture.
  • Place the rag over the blister and hold for 10 minutes.
  • To get rid of sting and itch, repeat as needed.

How it works:
Chamomile eases the pain, gets rid of the itch, and reduces the inflammation around the area.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very effective when applied to burns. Since a friction blister is, more or less a burn, it’s also effective when used to treat blisters on feet.

What to do:

  • Dip a cotton ball or cotton swap in coconut oil.
  • Apply the oil over and around the affected area.
  • Repeat as often as necessary.

How it works:
Vitamin E, lauric, and capric acid are active ingredients in coconut oil that act as an antiseptic as well as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent.

turmeric and ginger


If you want a non-pharmaceutical, anti-inflammatory compound with plenty of antimicrobial properties to boot, use turmeric.

What to do:

  • You can create a paste by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little bit of water, honey, oil from a vitamin E capsule, or coconut oil.
  • Apply the turmeric paste to your blisters and let it sit for several hours or cover it and let it sit overnight.

How it works:
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, make it one of the most effective home remedies available for blisters on feet.

How Do You Get Rid of Blisters on Feet?

Preventing blisters on the feet is always most desirable, but if one should happen to rear its ugly, painful head, make use of these 15 quick home remedies to ease the discomfort and itching, keep it from getting infected and speed the healing process. If you have other sure-fire remedies or have comments concerning the ones listed above, don’t hesitate to comment.

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