Stinky feet — or “bromhidrosis” — is a medical condition resulting from the combination of perspiration and bacteria. Additional factors include moist socks, dead skin, and trapping the feet inside shoes all day long. Not everyone is as proud of clearing a room with their feet, as this young girl who was recognized in the Odor-Eaters “Hall of Fumes.” Here are a few natural home remedies to treat smelly feet and shoes.
10 Natural Home Remedies for Stinky Feet
1. Start with healthy bathing habits. Use a washcloth and a pumice stone or scrub brush to remove dead skin and lather up your feet each day. We like to use a soap called PediFix, which contains tea tree oil — a natural antifungal.
2. Switch up your footwear. Let the hot, moist air out and keep those feet dry! Look for natural materials that “breathe” better than synthetics. True leather is much better than synthetic leather, for instance. There are also brands like Geox that specialize in making shoes with patented breathable technology.
3. Switch your socks up midday. Sure, we all wash our socks every day. However, people with particularly stinky feet may need to make a midday sock swap. Once the material becomes saturated with bacteria and sweat, you’re bound to emit an abundance of odor all day long. (Be sure to check out our post on the best sweat-wicking socks!)
4. Go open-toe. Whenever possible, opt for sandals and open-toe shoes that let your feet breathe. We also like to wear peel-and-stick Summer Soles in our sandals to absorb sweat and leave a fresher smell behind. This product comes in men’s and women’s varieties, can accommodate thong sandals, and comes in different fabrics, colors, and scents.
5. Let your shoes dry. If possible, put your shoes out in the sunlight for a few hours to let the UV rays kill bacteria and dry out your insoles. In the winter, you can put your footwear near a heater vent. You can also use the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to zap up to 99.9% of the living bacteria in your shoes within 45 minutes and dry out your sweaty shoes at the same time.
6. Watch what you eat! Did you know that eating garlic, onions, and peppers can make your feet more pungent? You can go one step further by “eliminating refined carbohydrates and balancing protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates,” according to Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld. Take up to 30 mg of zinc per day to make the skin more resistant to odor-causing bacteria.
7. For 15 minutes a day, soak your feet in one of the following:
– 3 tsp. Chlorophyll + 1 gallon of warm water
– 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar + small pan of warm water
– a pot of cooled black tea
8. Treat sweaty, stinky shoes with one of the following:
– Baking soda
9. Try ginger. Mash a 2-inch piece of ginger into a pulp, put it into a piece of gauze or handkerchief, and soak it in hot water for several minutes. Rub the ginger mash onto your feet each night after your shower to deter bacteria and fungi.
10. Spritz your feet. Wondering what to do with all those spare radishes from the garden? Juice two dozen of them, add 1/4 tsp of glycerin and squirt the liquid onto your feet to reduce odor.
UV Light: A Natural Cure for Stinky Shoes
Of course, you can’t treat stinky feet without also treating your stinky shoes. You can have the freshest-smelling feet on the planet, but it doesn’t matter if you’re only going to stick them in smelly footwear again. Ultraviolet light is a natural way to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer will kill off the pathogens in your shoes so the main cause of foot odor will be a thing of the past.
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