What Causes Smelly Feet?
Your feet are the natural habitat of millions of bacteria, which thrive on your sweat and shed skin cells. By-products produced by these bacteria are what give feet that stinky smell.
When you seal your feet in a pair of shoes and they pour out sweat, you give the bacteria more food to feast on. Foot odor can also be caused by poorly controlled fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot.
People with diabetes or heart disease, as well as elderly people in general, are often more prone to foot infections and foot odor due to inefficient blood circulation.
Likely,there are plenty of remedies that you can use in order to prevent this “unfortunate” situation.
Home Remedies For Smelly Feet
Do not use the same shoes twice in as many days. This gives the recently-worn shoes time to dry out, ready for next use. Also, it helps to have real ventilation to allow your feet to “breathe”, therefore not requiring the foot to sweat so much. The optimal material for this is leather, which is far better than any other presently.
Try dusting your feet with bicarbonate of soda, which neutralizes odor, and cornflour, which absorbs moisture.
For extra odor-busting power, add a few drops of essential oil to the powder of your choice. Cypress, patchouli and peppermint not only smell good, but are antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Black Tea Foot-bath
- Simmer 2 tea bags in 500 ml water for 15 minutes
- Remove the bags and dilute the tea with 2 liters of water, then soak your feet for 30 minutes
- Repeat every day for 30 min
The tannic acid in strong black tea kills bacteria and closes pores to help your feet sweat less.
This will certainly make your bad feet odor to disappear.
- Mix half a cup of vinegar with 8 cups of hot water
- Let it cool until its comfortable and then soak your feet in the mixture for about 15 minutes
- Then, rinse your feet
- If you’d like to get rid of the vinegar smell, just wash your feet with some natural soap
- Mix around 400 g Epsom salts with 4 liters warm water in a bucket or an old baking dish or basin.
- Soak your feet for about 15 minutes twice a day.
The astringent Epsom salts will help to reduce sweating and may kill bacteria.
Lavender oil not only smells wonderful, it can also help to kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil 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 that the oil will not irritate your skin by putting one drop on a small area.
Blow Dry Feet
After a bath or shower, blow-dry your feet with a hair dryer set to its lowest temperature. This is especially good advice if you are prone to athlete’s foot or nail fungus as it helps to prevent infection and reduces moisture.
7 Tips For Prevention Of Smelly Feet
- Wash your feet every day in warm water using a deodorant soap or antibacterial soap.
- Store your shoes in a place that’s bright and well ventilated–not in a dark wardrobe or cupboard where bacteria thrive.
- Buy odor-absorbing innersoles that contain activated charcoal and cut them to fit your shoes. Replace them every 3 to 6 months.
- Check the care instructions on your sports shoes. If they’re washable, chuck them into the washing machine and run them through the gentle cycle at least once a month.
- Change your socks at least once and preferably 2 or 3 times a day, replacing them with a clean pair each time.
- Wear shoes with open-mesh sides or open sandals that allow your feet to ‘breathe’. Your feet will also breathe better if you wear cotton socks rather than synthetic blends.
- Alternate between at least 2 pairs of shoes, and allow them each to air out for at least 24 hours after wearing them.
- The best cure for not having smelly feet, of course, is to stop wearing shoes when it is possible.So, get rid of those smelly old slippers and pad around the house (at least) barefoot whenever possible.
If you have severe foot odor,or if you have athlete’s foot that does not clear up with home treatment, excessive sweating even without trainers, or any signs of fungal infection on the nails,then you may have an infection that requires a prescription antibiotic or anti-fungal medication.
Love your feet!