Natural Nail Fungus Treatment: The Beer Soak

The basic premise behind this odd sounding natural toenail fungus treatment is to soften nails with beer, create an acidic environment with vinegar, which is beneficial to good bacteria and deadly to fungus, and then penetrate nails with specific beneficial bacteria to help kill and prevent further recurrences.

Essential Ingredients:

  • Acidophilus Sachets containing a specific strain of 125 billion organisms. Check out Pharmax HLC Synbiotic sachets. We no longer sell this on our website. 
  • Guinness Stout beer or any other dark beer (Guinness is the one proven to work).
  • White Vinegar
  • Basin big enough for your feet or hands
  • Time
  • Persistence and Consistency

Natural Toenail Fungus Treatment Procedure:

  • In tub, pour 1 liter of room temperature beer into a basin.
  • Add 1/2 a sachet which is 60 billion acidophilus and other probiotics.
  • Add 1 liter of White Vinegar.
  • Soak clean feet in the solution for 30 minutes before bed or when best for you.
  • After removing your feet or fingernails from the basin, file the nails down with a pumice stone or file.
  • After each 3rd day, toss out the entire solution mixture and remake it using the formula: 1 liter of white vinegar, 1 liter of dark beer and the remaining half of one sachet. This keeps the solution’s ingredients in active live form. If too old, it will not work.
  • Repeat for 30 days every day. Do not skip a day for best results.
  • Do twice a day for faster results.

What to look for:

It will take about 3 to 6 months for infected nails to completely grow out. As long as you keep seeing the nail base come in clean and grow out cleanly, you are on the right track. If it is not growing in cleanly, keep soaking the nails.

Make sure you do this toenail fungus treatment daily. Make it a routine. Watch some TV, read a book or wash the dishes for 30 minutes. Do not skip a day. If you do, it may take a bit longer than a month but keep at it.

If the formula is not strong enough, play with it. Perhaps add some more of the acidophilus to the mix or more vinegar or more beer. Play with the concentrations if necessary.

I estimated the total cost of this procedure to be about $200.00. That is very inexpensive compared to Lamisil, and much healthier to your liver.

Plus, if you take the acidophilus sachets internally, you are treating a cause of the fungus, not just treating the nails. Lamisil does not restore healthy gut flora so you get recurring nail fungus – the sachets do.

Even if you drink a couple Guinness Stout while you do the soak, it may still be safer than Lamisil on your liver.  ; )


This anti-fungal protocol is an excellent way to help prevent possible side effects Lamisil may cause.

If you’re debating whether or not to do this soak, don’t. If you are wondering if it works, it does.

Give it a shot – it is safe, effective, inexpensive. Yes it takes some work, but popping a liver toxic Lamisil pill for 3 months daily also takes work, especially repairing the damaged liver. You only get one liver.

The Sachets, White Vinegar and the Guinness are the proven ingredients.

People have tried other strains of acidophilus from their health store without result. You may try them to see if they work for you but from I have seen, they do not work well.

One factor is that the sachets contain a variety of acidophilus, not just one form and they also contain a specific strain of those types.  Why that matters I cannot say but it seems to as those who used a different product did not have success.

Another reason why other bacteria fail to work is because some supplements do not contain the actual amount of live bacteria claimed on the label.  

Choosing a different dark beer that is less expensive may hinder your success. I have not had reports of other effective dark beers so I am not sure. You can give it a shot but you are only saving a few bucks while investing 30 days of soaking. That is pennies per day extra. Worth the risk? If you have time, it would be good to know if the others worked…if they do, let me know.

Other Tips:

Fungus is due to either a weak immune system, trauma to the nail area, high refined carbohydrate diet or recent or long term use of antibiotics.

That said, drinking one sachet in a glass of water before dinner for 14 days helps restore healthy gut bacteria, which likely has a direct impact on proper immune function and may help combat fungus internally and externally long-term. Reduce refined carbohydrate and sugar cravings because the ‘bad’ bacteria crave sugar and will be wiped out by the beneficial bacteria. In all, taking the sachets internally for one week, soaking for a few months, changing your diet, building your immune system and not bashing your nails will likely improve your fungus situation.

A mild headache may occur while taking the sachets internally. Taking vitamin C usually helps. The headache is usually due to the ‘die-off’ reaction from unhealthy bacteria being killed by the healthy probiotic found in the sachets.

Other nutrients such as MSM or Silica have shown to increase nail growth.

Enjoy healthy nails once again!

Should you have questions, please comment. 

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods 

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