Are you embarrassed of taking off your shoes in a public setting? Does the foul smell coming from your feet trouble you and those around you? You may be the source of discomfort for surrounding people, but you are not the cause of it; that stinky odor is the work of bacteria living on your feet which strive on sweat and live in moist conditions. Therefore, the best way to get rid of the odor is to deprive the bacteria of this very thing. And to do that, we have listed here some of the best home remedies for foot odor. So, follow these and be proud of your feet.
Home Remedies for Foot Odor
1. Salt / Epsom Salt
Salt is great for pulling moisture out of your skin, which prevents bacteria from thriving there. You can either use simple salt or Epsom salt, both work similarly to get rid of the odor.
- Take a large bowl of water, or a tub, and dissolve half a cup or one cup of kosher salt in it. Then, soak your feet in the water for twenty minutes. Repeat this every day for at least two weeks.
- Take a large bowl, or a tub, and fill it with eight cups of water. Dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt and soak your feet in the water for thirty minutes once or twice in a day. Repeat for as long as required.
Vinegar is good for drying your feet, which makes them inhospitable to the bacteria living there.
- Take a large bowl or tub and add two parts water with one part vinegar.
- Soak your feet in the water vinegar water for thirty minutes.
- Repeat this for a week.
3. Sage and Rosemary
Both sage and rosemary have antibacterial, antifungal and astringent properties which allow them to reduce sweat production, while also making the environment inhospitable for bacteria.
- Take a large bowl, tub or foot basin, and fill it with boiling water.
- Add one teaspoon of dried rosemary and one to two teaspoons of dried sage.
- Leave it to cool down until it is comfortable enough for you to soak your feet in.
- Soak your feet for thirty minutes once or twice a day.
4. Black Tea
Tea has acidic properties which can help close the pores on your skin, thereby reducing the amount of sweat produced. It also has antibacterial characteristics and can help kill the bacteria living on your feet.
- Take two cups of water and add two black tea bags.Boil for fifteen minutes.
- Add eight cups of cool water and pour it in a large bowl or tub.
- Soak your feet for thirty minutes once a day.
- Repeat for at least a week.
5. Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda has amazing odor control properties, helps kill bacteria and fungi, and makes your feet softer. Lemon works as an astringent and reduces the production of sweat, while also giving your feet a wonderfully fresh scent.
- Take a large bowl, tub or foot basin and add ¼ cup of baking soda.
- Add eight cups of warm water (not hot).
- Then, add the juice of one lemon and mix.
- Soak your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes.
You can also try sprinkling some baking soda in your socks and shoes before you wear them.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
A good alternative to plain vinegar soak is apple cider vinegar; it acts similar to regular vinegar due to its acidic properties which make it difficult for bacteria to thrive.
- Take a large bowl, tub or foot basin and add five to eight cups of warm water with half a cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Soak your feet for fifteen minutes twice a day.
7. Alum Powder
Alum powder may not be lying around in your house normally, but it has amazing astringent and antiseptic properties which stop bacteria from growing, so you might want to consider buying some and stashing it away for whenever required.
- Take one cup of warm water and add one teaspoon of alum powder.
- Use this solution to wash your feet.
- After about fifteen to twenty minutes, dry your feet and sprinkle some of the powder on them.
- Repeat this once a day for as long as needed.
8. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has antifungal properties, helps in killing bacteria, and has a wonderful scent, all of which combine to get rid of foot odor.
- Take a foot basin, tub or large bowl filled with warm water and add a few drops of lavender oil to it.
- Soak your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes twice a day.
- Repeat for a few days at least.
Borax is useful for killing the bacteria that causes foul odor as it has disinfectant properties.
- Take two cups of water and add half a cup each of borax and vinegar.
- Spray this solution on the inside of your shoes.
You can also sprinkle some borax powder in your shoes before wearing them.
10. Corn Starch
If you need an instant, but temporary, solution, you can just sprinkle some corn starch in your shoes and socks before putting them on.