DIY Homemade Foot Lotion

I call it the "Pinterest effect" – the sudden obsession, no that's not it, let's say, "fascination" to DIY, do-it-yourself. Not so ago, I'd have laughed out loud if someone suggested homemade foot lotion. Isn't that the stuff of companies with chemists and manufacturing facilities? And then it occurred to me. Everything that's made now in factories was first made in kitchens and garages and tinkers' workshops – until it became commercialized.

For me, DIY that is an extension of my kitchen, my food sensibility, my frugal nature, it just makes sense. And besides, you should feel my soft feet.

DIY Homemade Foot Lotion

People newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have so much to learn, at first it’s confounding. There’s the food, the glucose testing, the medication, the weight loss, the carbs, the sugars, the insulin.

One big lesson? The importance of taking extra-good care of your feet. That’s because diabetes restricts blood flow to the feet and this means, ouch! that any blister, any scrape, any cut, can fail to heal and all-too-quickly veer out of control.

But good foot lotion is pricey. I’m not talking the $$$ lotions from cosmetic counters. Even the utilitarian lotions recommended by dermatologist like the very good Cetaphil are pricey.

So do the math.

You can spend about $10 to make 48 ounces of DIY Homemade Foot Lotion, that’s $.22 per ounce.

Or you can buy foot lotion. The best price I can find for Cetaphil is at for $.75 an ounce.

That’s more than THREE TIMES MORE!

But from there, the prices only go up. Cetaphil sells elsewhere online for up to $1.30 an ounce.

That’s almost SIX TIMES MORE!

So take care of your feet without breaking the bank. We’ve been using this lotion since April 2012 and you’ve never seen softer, smoother heels and soles.

Here’s to healthy feet!

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Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to foot: 20 minutes
Makes 48 ounces
  • 13 ounces petroleum jelly (you might know this by the brand name Vaseline)
  • 27 ounces baby lotion (any scent)
  • 12 ounces Vitamin E cream

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth, about two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Transfer to clean, dry lotion containers. Use lotion daily, rubbing your feet with it before putting on socks and shoes. While applying the lotion, inspect your feet, watching for any changes, any sores, any bruises.

Adapted from Homemade Hand Cream by Patchwork Times.
ALANNA's TIPS I’ve adjusted this “recipe” to most efficiently use the generic-size products found at my local Walmart store. They’re not all in one place though. Find the petroleum jelly and baby lotion in the baby section, the Vitamin E cream in the first aid section. Feel free to adjust up or down to your own texture preferences, especially the Vaseline. Use more Vaseline for a thicker, richer emollient, less for something less so. I wash and re-use the containers, especially the four-ounce Vitamin E tubs. You’ll need twelve to hold the full recipe so until you collect enough, use the petroleum jelly container or sure, the empty Cetaphil tub! Since the photos were taken, I've learned that it's easy to remove the labels from both the Vitamin E and Cetaphil tubs. It’s hard to squirt out the baby lotion, it’s just so thick. To fix this, put it in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds at a time until it softens enough to squeeze out easily. Of course, this lotion can be used on hands too, in fact, after using it on your feet, rub the excess onto the back of your hands, they’ll be soft and supple all day long! But it’s a little rich for day use so I tend to use it at night, letting the lotion do its work while I get shut-eye!

DIY Homemade Foot Lotion:
Just Three Easy-to-Find Ingredients

DIY Homemade Foot Lotion

I’ve adjusted this “recipe” to most efficiently use the generic-size products found at my local Walmart store. They’re not all in one place though. Find the petroleum jelly and baby lotion in the baby section, the Vitamin E cream in the first aid section.

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  1. KA Winnie1/31/2013

    My feet are always dry from going barefoot and I am a diabetic. Since I had my thyroid out my hands and body are extremely dry, I am going to try to adapt this for both problems. Thank you posting this

  2. KA Winnie ~ Oh that makes this entire post worth it, thank you for writing to let me know! It is so important to take care of your feet - and hands too! Let me know how it goes ...

  3. Anonymous1/31/2013

    Could you use shea butter or beeswax instead of petroleum jelly? I have concerns about petroleum jelly, environmental and otherwise. Thanks! ~ Kris

    Kris, yes, I have abbreviated your comment which appears verbatim on many, many other sites. I'm glad you brought up the topic but won't allow my site to become someone else's platform. Thanks! ~Alanna

    But yes, you can use shea butter which is a plant-based cream. In fact, I'll use it the next time ...

  4. Perfect timing for this--I emptied out a couple of tubs in the shower (deep conditioner and a body polish, I think) but they haven't made it out of the house into the recycling yet, so I'll be starting off ahead with containers to put my newly-made cream in. You're right--the good stuff is expensive!

  5. I'll be trying this soon. I make a scrub that I use on my hands and feet from 1/2 cup baby oil (though you can use olive oil or almond oil) and 1 cup kosher salt.

  6. Anonymous3/16/2013

    Hi Alanna,

    I live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I've read that the UP has the highest per capita Finn population anywhere outside of Finland. I found your blog a year or so ago while looking for Finnish recipes. That's how I found your site.

    Anyway, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. It's been about five weeks now and my dry old Hobbit feet have been replaced feet that look brand new. There are few products that a person can see results so quickly that there are actually excited to use them. This is one.

    Thanks for posting this.



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