There is a plethora of foot odor products on the market. Yet, what’s the point of ridding yourself of stench, if you’ll be giving yourself cancer in the future? The fact is, many odor control products use harsh chemicals to kill bacteria. These chemicals may have been tested in a lab setting, but the long-term effects on humans are often unknown. Sadly, we cannot afford to wait until the government adds these chemicals to our existing regulation. We have to read the labels, do our own research and avoid products that could potentially harm us as best we can. The Good Guide recently rated over 100 popular products designed to fight foot odor, rating them based on environmental, societal and health impacts.
Worst Foot Odor Products
- 1. Hongo Killer Antifungal Spray Powder – This spray powder contains Tolnaftate, which Canada has banned from use in cosmetic, non-prescription products. Isobutane is a refrigerant that is also used in some aerosols, although this use is banned in the EU. Butylated Hydroxytoluene has been linked to immunotoxicity and respiratory toxicity. Furthermore, Talc is suspected of being a carcinogen and causing further respiratory toxicity.
- 2. Odor-Eaters Foot & Sneaker Spray Powder – Like Hongo Killer, Odor-Eaters also contains Isobutane and Tolnaftate, which are banned for use in this context in other countries. Isobutane has been deemed safe for use in plastics, cosmetics, and food additives by the FDA and Cosmetic Ingredient Review. However, when propelled into the air, it causes coughing, wheezing, labored breathing and exacerbates asthma. Tolnaftate may cause cardiac problems in infants whose mothers come into contact with the ingredient during the first trimester. It has also been known to cause allergic skin reactions.
- 3. Foot Fetiche Pampering Ahhhh! Foot Deodorant – This product contains Propylene Glycol, which is suspected of causing immunotoxicity and respiratory toxicity, as well as Propyl Paraben — a banned ingredient in other countries, which is considered a very high concern for skin and organ damage in the EU.
- 4. Foot Therapy Foot Lotion with Tea Tree & Aloe – This lotion is packed with a number of problematic ingredients, including: Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Propyl Paraben and Diazolidinylurea. These chemicals have been linked to everything from immunotoxicity and respiratory ailments to suspected carcinogens and organ damage. There is a regulatory ban on Propyl Paraben in the EU and a use restriction for Phenoxyethanol.
- 5. Walgreens Foot & Sneaker Spray Powder – This product contains Isobutane and Tolnaftate.
Which Foot Odor Products Are Okay?
On the other hand, The Good Guide scientists recommend products like Gold Bond Medicated Foot Spray, Novartis Odor Guard Sanitizing Shoe Deodorizer, Avon Foot Works Healthy Deodorizing Foot Powder, Dr. Scholl’s Odor Destroyers Medicated Powder and CVS Soothing Foot Powder.
Best Solutions: SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer
We don’t prefer to add any sort of powders into our shoes as a cure for smelly feet. Where does all that powder end up? It absorbs sweat and bacteria, but then just sits in the shoe? Gross! Instead, why not just rid your shoe of microbes using a natural remedy? A 45-minute treatment with the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer will destroy fungi that cause athletes foot and nail fungus; bacteria that cause shoe odor; viruses; and MRSA that is harbored in your footwear. Don’t just take our word for it. The Sweeney Foot & Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands, Texas is one of the many podiatrists who vouch for the safety and efficiency of our germicidal UV lamp!