We have all been there, well at least I have…you know, when you are invited to someones house and you take off your shoes upon entering the house and you smell something off! Then you realize that off smell is actually your feet…smelly feet Oops! Very Embarrassing, right? Where is the nearest hole that you can hide your face?
The issue of smelly feet is not an exciting one, but sometimes life is not attractive! But that’s okay, because smelly and embarrassing things happen all of us. So if you are struggling with smelly feet, rest assured that you are not alone! It’s a common problem, and it’s totally solvable too.
No need to buy those expensive sprays or even those expensive creams…why not try these 10 natural remedies to help conquer those smelly feet!
Simple home remedies for smelly feet
1. Change your shoes
If you wear the same pair of shoes every day, they may not have a chance to dry out completely. And sweating into a pair of sweaty shoes is a surefire way to create an odor issue! Alternate a few different pairs of shoes, so each pair gets more time to dry out between uses. And also let your shoes air out in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. Avoid stashing them in dark and stuffy closet.
2. Wash your feet properly
Just running your feet under the tap after a hasty rub with your body soap while taking a shower doesn’t really count as ‘washing your feet properly’. Use an antibacterial/anti-fungal soap (especially if you have smelly feet) and really get to work. Pay attention to the spaces between your toes. Make sure your toenails are always properly clipped. Once you’re done, dry your feet well before you put on your socks/shoes.
3. Foot soak with Epsom salts + Apple Cider vinegar
This foot soak works wonders on athlete’s foot, but it can also work for anyone suffering from foot odor! The soak helps to kill fungus and odor-causing bacteria. This leave’s your feet clean and smelling fresh. Just add 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup Epsom salt, and 10 drops tea tree oil to 2 cups of warm water. Pour the mixture into a foot bath or dish tub, and soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes. Repeat the foot soak once or twice per day until the odor disappears.
4. Lavender oil
It does not only smells good but also helps kill bacteria. Rub a few drops onto your feet and massage it in before you go to bed at night. Cover your feet with socks. Before trying this remedy, check to make sure the oil won’t irritate your skin by putting one drop on a small area.
5. Wear socks
Wear socks as often as possible. Choose natural breathable materials like cotton and wool. Socks help absorb the sweat your feet produce, which helps prevent odors from developing in your shoes. Also, make sure you’re putting on a clean pair of socks everyday. Dirty socks will only make the odor situation worse! If you have particularly sweaty feet, you may even want to change into a clean pair of socks halfway through the day if it’s really hot outside.
6. Use powder
Powders are a sure-shot quick fix. Be it antibacterial/anti-fungal powders, baby powders, baking soda, corn starch, or even our good old talcum powders. They will keep your feet dry and resist the formation of moisture. This prevents odour formation. Use some after a shower and before putting on your socks.
7. Wear breathable shoes
Your shoes also need to be breathable, not only your socks. You should choose shoes made from materials, such as leather or canvas. They allow sweat to evaporate more readily, which helps keep feet dry and prevent smelly feet.
8. Baking Soda
It helps in eliminating odors by neutralizing the acidity of sweat. This eliminates the bacteria that causes the odor in smelly feet. Dissolve 1/4 cup of baking soda in 2 to 3 litres of warm water. Allow your feet to soak for 10 minutes. Dry your feet well and repeat as needed. Baking soda can also be added to the shoes and/or socks to help prevent future odor.
9. Cut back on refined sugar
Refined carbohydrates, like white bread, white pasta, and white rice, could be contributing to your foot odor. Refined carbs create a favorable environment for bacteria and fungus to thrive and cause all sorts of unpleasant odor issues. Instead, focus on eating a more balanced diet that features protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs like whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
10. Alum Dusting
Alum is used in many industries to draw out moisture from products so it will work wonderfully on your feet too. Dust clean feet with alum powder, making sure to get it all over, especially between your toes. Also dust the alum powder into the shoes that you are wearing. As it prevents moisture from accumulating, this will stop bacteria in its tracks too.