Home Remedies for Smelly Feet

Smelly feet can be irritating, embarrassing and annoying. The major cause for smelly foot is sweat. Sweat itself is odorless, but when it stays on the skin for too long it serves as a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus to nurture and produce awful smell.

Feet may also begin smelling due to ill fitting shoes or wearing shoes or socks without proper ventilation or wearing them on for long hours. Foot odor can be a huge embarrassment to any person.

It drives away people from near you and also it lowers your confidence. When left untreated, smelly feet can soon develop into toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Smelly feet can be easily treated at home with some simple things.

The hygiene factor

Cleanliness is the first step to deal with this odor problem. Wash your feet frequently to wash off sweat buildups. Check that the space between the toes is dry, since this is the place where bacteria can breed easily.

Dusting the shoes and changing the socks often, also helps. Cotton socks are the best for smelly feet. If possible, you should opt for open shoes or flip flops.

Easy solutions for feet odor

1.  Applying mild talcum powder or cornstarch, especially to the toes, will bring down this problem. Dust the inside of the socks with a few pinches of baking soda to tackle this problem. This will soak up the moisture and keep your feet odor free.

2. Another simple method to control foot smell is to add some salt to warm water and soak the feet into it for 15 minutes. Pat-dry and apply some talc. Regularly doing this will help you in preventing smelling of the feet.

3.  Soak your feet in a bucket of warm water, to which one-third cup of apple cider vinegar has been added, for 15 minutes. This can be done as often as needed. Alum powder also acts as good remedy for feet odor. You can also make use of bleach instead of vinegar.

4.  Tannic acid, found in tea, can do wonders for the problem of smelly feet. You can use some used tea bags and place them between your toes or over the feet. Or alternatively you can add three or four spoons of tea leaves to a tub of warm water and soak your feet in it.

Sidharth Thakur