20 Home Remedies For Stinky Feet
20 Home Remedies For Stinky Feet
20 Home Remedies For Stinky Feet
Stinky feet can be embarrassing, disgusting, and really hard to get rid of. But, it can be overcome. To fight foot odor you need to know what causes it.

The main source of foot odor is bacteria on your feet. They live off the moisture from sweat and dead skin on your feet. So most foot odor cures either attack the bacteria or the sweat and dead skin on your feet.


Keep Your Feet Clean
Keep Your Feet Clean
The most important thing you can do is to keep your feet clean by washing it with soap and water everyday. This will keep the number of bacteria on your feet low.

After washing your feet, be sure to dry your feet as the foot odor bacteria love wet feet. You may also want to exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone as this will get rid of excess and dead skin.


Vinegar
Vinegar
Vinegar is a weak acid which can kill bacteria. You can use any kind of vinegar, so make sure one that doesn't smell too unpleasant.

Make a mixture a half cup vinegar and six cups of water. Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Wash your feet with soap afterwards to remove the vinegar smell.


Alcohol
Alcohol
Alcohol is a great disinfectant. After a shower you can use rub some rubbing alcohol on your feet to kill bacteria.

In addition, you can soak smelly shoes in cleaning alcohol. After letting them dry, the bacteria in your shoes will be dead.


Talcum Powder
Talcum Powder
Talcum Powder is an astringent so it'll keep your feet dry.

Rub your feet, including between your toes with talcum powder. This will reduce the sweat that the smelly bacteria feed off of.


Baking Soda
Baking Soda
Baking Soda is great at absorbing odors, which is why you'll often find a open box in refrigerators. In addition baking soda is an alkaline, the opposite of an acid, that can kill bacteria.

Add some baking soda to some warm water and soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes. In addition you can sprinkle some baking soda in both your socks and shoes.


Corn Starch
Corn Starch
Corn Starch is another astringent, great at soaking up moisture.

Sprinkle some in your shoes and socks and you're good to go.


Bleach
Bleach
Bleach is also an alkaline like baking soda. Though it is a much stronger alkaline so you'll have to dilute it with water.

Pour some warm water into a tub or bucket and then add a few drops of bleach. Then soak your feet in the bleach mixture for 15 minutes. Repeat this once a week.


Tea
Tea
You can also try a tea soak. Brew up some green or black tea and wait for the tea to cool enough to soak your feet for 30 minutes.

The tannic acids in the sea help kill bacteria and in addition they have properties that will keep your feet dry.


Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt
Epsom salt neutralizes odors and is also very soothing for feet.

Add a half cup of Epsom Salt to 8 cups of warm water and soak for 30 minutes daily. Dry your feet afterwards.


Sage and Rosemary
Sage and Rosemary
Sage and Rosemary are two spices that smell great. Sage has antibacterial properties and is also an astringent. Rosemary is also a an astringent and has its own antibacterial properties.

Add a teaspoon of dried rosemary and a teaspoon of sage to boiling water. Allow it to steep and cool, then soak your feet for 30 minutes a day.


Ginger
Ginger
Ginger has many antibacterial properties. It also has a pleasant smell.

You can either make a foot soak by boiling some ginger for 10-15 minutes. You can soak your feet in the water for 15-20 minutes daily.


Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the melaleuca tree from Australia. It has long been used by aborigines.

Tea tree oil is a strong disinfectant, which means it great for killing bacteria. It's also a strong astringent to help keep the feet dry. Tea tree oil should only be used externally, just rub a few drops of oil on your feet every night and morning.


Radish
Radish
Radish is an old home remedy for foot odor. It has many vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy skin. It also has many disinfectant properties.

Juice six or more radishes. Add warm water to the juice and mix well. Soak for 15- 20 minutes.


Sugar Scrub
Sugar Scrub
Excess and dead skin can be a food source for the foot odor bacteria on your feet. A sugar scrub can help exfoliate your skin.

Add 2 parts sugar to 1 part isopropyl alcohol and mix well to make a thick mixture. Use this to scrub your feet. Do this daily for 15 minutes a day.


Zinc
Zinc
If you have dry and scaly skin, then you can improve your skin health by eating zinc rich food. Zinc is extremely important for skin health by improving the immune system and metabolzing fats and vitamins.

Some zinc rich foods are poultry, shellfish, pumpkin, spinach, red meat, dairy, and mushrooms. You can also take a zinc supplement.


Lavender Oil
Lavender Oil
Lavender oil smells fantastic and is also a disinfectant.

Before bed each night, massage a few drops onto your feet. Cover your feet with socks. You may have to test a drop onto a small area first to make sure that the oil does not irritate your skin.


Sanitizer
Sanitizer
The antibacterial properties in hand sanitizer is also effective on the bacteria on your feet.

Rub some hand sanitizer on your feet a few times a day to keep your feet clean.


Alum
Alum
Alum is one of the important components of deodorants and antiperspirants. It also has some antibacterial properties.

Add one teaspoon of alum powder to 2 cups of warm water. mix well, then wash your feet with this mixture. Allow your feet to sit for 10-15 minutes before drying.


Boric Acid
Boric Acid
Boric Acid is a poison that is used as a pesticide so caution should be used for its antiseptic properties.

Pour some borax powder into your shoes to get rid of excess moisture and to kill the bacteria in it. Do this twice a week.


Lemon
Lemon
Lemons are a great smelling antibacterial agent. Rub the soles of your feet with a slice of lemon daily.

In addition you can soak your feet in warm water containg lemon juice.