Stinky feet or foot odor, medically known as bromhidrosis, can be really embarrassing for those who have this problem.The condition usually starts in childhood or adolescence and can have a negative impact on social development, education, and career choices.
Stinky feet happen when your feet sweat and the sweat does not evaporate because you are wearing socks or shoes.
Anyone can get sweaty and smelly feet any time of the year.
It is more likely that you’ll have foot perspiration if you’re under a lot of stress, if you’re on your feet all day, or if you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Also, fungal infections can lead to foot odor.
But the good news is that you can eliminate stinky feet with a daily hygiene routine.
Ways to Get Rid of Stinky Feet
Ensure Good Hygiene
The most important thing is to wash your feet every day and dry them well, especially between the toes. After a bath or a shower, first, dry your feet with a towel then dab between your toes with cotton wool dipped in apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or castor oil. By keeping your toenails clean and trimmed, you also prevent toenail fungus.
Use a DIY Foot Powder
Once your feet are clean and dry you can apply powders, such as cornstarch, baking soda or arrowroot powder. You can make your own antifungal foot powder at home, with just a few ingredients. You can even add essential oils, like tea tree oil which is antifungal. So here is how you can make it.
This recipe is for 8–10 applications
1–1/2 tbsp Bentonite Clay
½ teaspoon cayenne powder
2 drops of clove essential oil
1-2 drops of castor oil
2 drops of cinnamon essential oil
2 drops of frankincense essential oil
a glass jar
First, mix the bentonite clay and cayenne powder.
Add the essential oils and mix well.
Place the mixture into your container.
Sprinkle the powder onto your feet. (Be careful not to touch your eyes because there is cayenne).
Apply twice a day for 1-2 weeks. You can even sleep with it on, but wear your socks to prevent the soiling of your bed sheets.
Soak Your Feet
There are a lot of home remedies that you can try, such as tea soaks, apple cider vinegar and salt baths. To eliminate foot odor you must maintain proper hygiene and rotate your shoes.
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak. For temporary relief, apple cider vinegar bath does a nice job at getting rid of the odor. To help reduce the level of bacteria that can cause odor you’ll need:
– one part vinegar
– two parts of warm water
Soak your feet in this for 15 minutes, twice a day.
Always try to use Raw Apple Cider vinegar. Here you can read why: Only Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is Healthy!
Black Tea soaks are one of the most effective home remedies. You’ll need…
– 5 bags of black tea
– 4 cups of hot water
– Something to soak your feet in
Soak the feet for about 20 minutes every day.
Epsom salt foot soak. Besides that Epsom salt is very soothing for aching feet it also neutralizes odor, improves skin health and kills fungi. You will need…
– 1/2 cup of Epsom salt
– 4-8 cups of warm water
– Something to soak your feet in
Soak the feet for about 10–15 minutes.
Sage and Rosemary Soak. Sage has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, and also is an astringent. Rosemary has antibacterial, antifungal, and is an astringent too. This means that both help to reduce the production of sweat from the sweat glands. You will need.
-1-2 teaspoons of dried sage
-1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
-A small foot wash basin
Fill a foot wash basin with boiling water and add the herbs to it. When it is cool enough put your feet in and soak for 30 minutes 1-2 times a day.
Baking Soda and Citrus Soak. Baking soda when it comes to foot odor can be a true miracle worker. It softens your feet, kills bacteria/fungus, and naturally helps control odor. Lemon as an astringent helps with excessive sweating causing foot odor.
You will need…
-¼ cup of baking soda
-Juice of one lemon
– 6-8 cups of water
-Something to soak your feet in
Place ¼ cup of baking soda in your foot basin, and then cover with 6-8 cups of warm water. Add the juice of one lemon, and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
In all cases, make sure to dry your feet thoroughly.
Rotate Your Shoes, Wear Socks and Change Them Frequently
Rotate two or three pairs of shoes. This way you can give them a chance to dry out before wearing them again. Always decide for well-fitting shoes which can allow your feet to breathe. Wool or cotton socks are much better than nylon.
Change Your Diet
Balancing protein, eliminating refined carbohydrates and eating anti-inflammatory foods can be very helpful in controlling foot odor. Diets high in refined carbohydrates provide food for bacteria and fungus in the body. Also, reduce cigarettes and alcohol consumption.