Home remedies for nail infections

There are a multitude of methods touted as home-cures for toenail fungus. Home remedies typically focus on using a single product or ingredient to try and fight toenail infections.
Some of the most common home remedies are:           
  • Tea tree oil
  • Vinegar soak
  • Baking soda and apple cider vinegar
  • Vicks VapoRub


Fungi in general can be prevented and treated through acidic ingredients. However, these also need to penetrate the nail, a crucial area where the effectiveness of all of these home remedies falls short.

Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide and provides a chemical defence against fungus, which is present in its oil.  However, unlike Nailner, it doesn’t penetrate the nail completely and so fungus can still survive deep within. This home remedy also requires a long period of time before any results can be seen.


Vinegar has acidity levels that may help prevent infection but it lacks the strength to kill off toenail fungus that is already established. If vinegar is to be effective at all, it would need to be used for a long period of time over many months. In contrast, Nailner contains acids that prevent fungus from continuing to live in the nail and includes a penetrating agent that allows total saturation, ensuring fungus cannot survive deep within the nail.


Baking soda is added to water to create a paste. It is said that if the paste is applied twice daily following a 15-minute soak, an improvement may be seen. Baking soda has similar limitations to vinegar when it comes to treating nail fungus effectively. Also, 30 minutes of treatment each day is extremely inconvenient. Applying Nailner requires just 10 to 60 seconds per day.


Unlike Nailner, the effectiveness of these home remedies has not been proven in clinical studies. Some may even contain damaging ingredients for the nail and all of them merely treat symptoms rather than preventing long term infection.