When your feet sweat, you’re usually wearing socks and shoes, and the sweat gets trapped inside. Bacteria are to blame, but unlike with other types of body odor, the bacteria on your feet don’t feed on sweat. This bacterium lives on your feet because it likes to eat the dry, dead skin.
Now you know why you have foot odor. Next, we’ll look at ways to get rid of it.
With the help of some handy products you have in the pantry you can solve the foot odor problem once and for all. Here are 3 super-effective ways to get rid of stinky feet:
Baking Soda and Salt Footbaths
(Baking Soda footbath)
Dissolve 1 pound of salt in a bowl of hot water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. Salt will extract the moisture from the soles and will attack the bacteria. Repeat this procedure daily for two weeks and you’ll reduce feet sweating. Specialists recommend Epsom salt.
Baking soda neutralizes the perspiration’s PH and reduces the number of bacteria from the skin surface. Add baking soda in lukewarm water (one spoonful per liter of water). Keep your feet in this solution for about 15-20 minutes, every evening, for a week. You can sprinkle some baking soda in the shoes you are going to wear the next day. It will largely absorb the unpleasant smell.
Black Tea and Sage
Black tea contains tannic acid. It kills the bad smelling foot bacteria. It also closes the pores and reduces the amount of sweat excreted by the feet so that the bacteria will remain without “food”. Soak your feet in black tea (3-4 tea bags for three cups of water) for 20 minutes each day for at least a week.
Sage leaves also contain tannic acid. In addition, they give your feet a pleasant smell. Soak your feet in sage tea before bedtime. You can place a few leaves in the shoes you are going to wear the next day.
Vinegar and Alum Powder
If you do not have the ingredients mentioned above, vinegar may be your best ally in fighting stinky feet. Soak your feet in a mixture of vinegar and water (one part vinegar, two parts water) for half an hour, a day per week.
Alum stone is also known as a natural alternative to commercial deodorants. Mix a teaspoon of alum powder in a cup of warm water and wash your feet with this solution. After your feet are completely dry, sprinkle a little alum powder on your feet.