How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet
How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet
Smelly feet (also known as foot odour) rank high on the list of most embarrassing problems with your body. If you’re ever in a situation where the shoes or socks need to come off and you’ve got smelly feet, there’s no doubt that whoever you’re with will notice the stench. Any may even point it out to you!
The good news is that smelly feet are curable; at the very least, you’ll be able to cover up the smell so it’s not noticeable. You may even be able to get to the root of the problem and solve it altogether. Check out the tips below to get started on the path to good-smelling feet!
Causes of Smelly Feet
The reason for your smelly feet is quite simple. Your feet sweat – there’s no way around that. Sweat discharges waste from our bodies, and many types of bacteria feed on this waste. The bacteria use organic acids to help break down the waste, resulting in a potent odour that can stink your feet up something awful.
Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Smelly Feet
One of the oldest and most effective remedies for food odour is taking a salt bath. You don’t need to get into the bathtub. Just soak your feet. Add some salt to a mixture of warm water and grab a seat. Let your feet soak for 20-30 minutes in the salt water. When you take them out, you’ll notice your feet are dehydrated; this is a good thing. The salt soaks up all the toxins and whatnot in your feet’s sweat glands. Don’t rinse your feet; just let the salt do its job and dry you up.
Cleaning your Shoes
Since we know that sweat is a direct contributor to foot odour, your shoes can be doing you lots of harm. Because your boots house your feet for most of the day, it’s only logical that they’re being sweat on and absorbing a lot of this smell while worn. You may start to reduce the smell of your feet through different methods, but your shoes can still smell!
The best way I’ve found to fix this problem is with baby powder or cornstarch. Sprinkle the powder or cornstarch in your shoes before putting them on and after taking them off for the day. Do this every few days and then monitor the smell. The powder will help absorb some of the sweat and even do a little “covering up” if the smell starts to seep out.
Try Different Socks
Ditch the synthetic socks and go for something more natural like cotton. Socks made of synthetic materials tend to cause more sweating in the feet than socks made of raw materials. So go to your local clothing store, pick up your new socks, and try them. Monitor the smell and note whether your feet are still sweating (or sweating as bad as before) over the next couple of weeks.
Store-Bought Products for Smelly Feet
Since smelly feet are a widespread problem worldwide, several over-the-counter (OTC) products are sold to remedy the situation. Put: some work, some don’t. You always need to be cautious when buying products to fix a health issue – often, the product makers rely on the fact that you’re in a desperate situation and are willing to “try anything”. That being said, some reputable and effective products include Odor-Eaters, Gold Bond Medicated Foot Spray and Lavilin Cream.