10 remedies for stinky feet

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 16 May, 2024 06:00 | 3 mins read
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Do you feel like cowering in a corner anytime you remove your shoes? Do people turn up their noses when you slip off your sneakers? The main cause of this problem is trapped sweat, bacteria and fungus.

Beat bad odour with these fixes;

1. Soak your feet in vinegar

Thoroughly cleaning your feet is more than rinsing them in a quick shower. Want to enjoy a nice foot soak? You can neutralise your foot odour with a warm water foot soak. Simply fill up a foot basin with warm or cold water, add in a third cup of apple cider vinegar and soak your feet for 15 minutes. You can perform this foot soak multiple times per day if necessary. Apple cider vinegar may have antimicrobial properties, according to one study, that can help you put an end to your stinky feet problem. One note of caution: do not use this soak if your feet have open sores, scratches or cuts or if the soak irritates your skin.

2. Use lavender oil

Essential oils are a great way to promote healing and stop smelly feet. A foot rub that includes lavender oil can help eliminate odours. You’ll want to simply place a few drops of lavender oil on your feet and be sure to rub it in well. Lavender helps kill the bacteria that causes your smelly feet. Massage the oil on the bottom and top of your feet. Also, be sure to rub the oil between your toes where bacteria can cause foul smelling feet. Make sure to put your socks back on your feet before bed to enhance the potency of your foot rub.

3. Use corn starch

Corn-starch absorbs sweat and keeps your feet fresh. Sprinkle some starch on your feet every day before putting on socks. You can also dust your feet and shoes with baking soda, which will kill bacteria and fungus and thus keep the smelly feet away.

4. Scrub with mint

Make a minty scrub at home using peppermint and sugar to kill the bacteria caused by sweat. This mint scrub will make your feet smell wonderful. Peppermint cools and deodorises the skin while sugar removes the dead skin. Mix one tablespoon of sugar and two teaspoons dried peppermint in a bowl. Take a spoonful of this scrub, add a few drops of water and massage your feet with this paste every day.

5. Use Epsom salt foot bath

Foot care is important, but you can do more than just wash and moisturise your feet. A foot bath, with the right ingredients, can help combat stinky feet. Epsom salt is one of the best ingredients you can add. Epsom salts have many uses, including controlling bacteria, suggests a study published in a peer reviewed clinical medical journal, The Journal of Applied Science Research. When you add Epsom salt, you are working to control the bacteria that is contributing to your stinky feet. Simply fill a basin with one gallon of water. Add two cups of Epsom salt. Mix. Soak your feet in the mixture twice per day for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Soak in a black tea foot bath

Black tea is packed with tannic acids that can kill odour-causing bacteria and close the pores of the feet. This helps your feet to sweat less. How to use it : Boil two tea bags in water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and mix the tea water with some more water. Let the mixture rest for a while, then soak your feet in it for 15- 30 minutes.

7. Wear moisture-wicking socks

The secret to keeping feet dry? Wearing wicking socks. The best ones are made of synthetic materials that help transfer moisture from the foot to the sock’s outer layers to keep feet dry. If your feet perspire a lot, avoid wearing nylon socks and shoes that aren’t made of natural materials. This is the reason wearing shoes without socks could make you sick.

8. Try rice water

One of the best ways to remove foot odour permanently is by soaking your feet in rice water. Put some plain rice in water for half an hour and then drain it to get the rice extract. Soak your feet in the water for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this twice every week.

9. Mix cedarwood and coconut oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which kills bacteria that causes foot odour. Mix coconut oil with cedarwood essential oil and massage your foot with it to conquer foot odour.

10. Practice good hygiene

Whatever method you choose, be sure to dry your feet well after bathing, soaking or swimming. Unpleasant odour comes from moisture, so, it’s important to keep feet, shoes and socks as dry as possible. If your feet get sweaty as the day goes on, put an extra pair of socks in your bag and change your socks at lunchtime or after your workout. While at home, allow your feet to get some fresh air by removing shoes and socks. Try to wear sandals when you can to reduce sweat. If you need to wear close-toed shoes, make sure that you wear shoes that fit properly. Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row to let them air out. In addition, wash the insoles of your shoes often to help them smell better.

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