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How To Get Rid Of Foot Odor

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When a person goes out for a dinner or a long day just roaming around here and there with friends and suddenly when you guys have to lay down and the next thing is to take your shoes off! What is the first reaction of yours and your friends? Yuck….this stinks, cover up your feet. Is this your situation? Do you get conscious in these kinds of situation? If yes than we are here to provide some tips or things you can do to get rid of that foot odor which you and everybody around you hates. Who doesn’t want their feet to smell good? So, let’s start.

Now you have read as to how to get rid of foot odor? But do you know the reason behind it?

Sweaty feet are also known as palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, meaning that excessive sweating cause stinky feet. The sweat glands are the place of body which produces the odor. Because the foot has around 250,000 sweat glands, as feet tend to sweat more than any other part of the body. The work of this sweat glands is to regulate the body temperature.

Clean your feet daily

Okay, this is not rocket science! As filthy as it may sound but the truth is that some people do not wash their feet properly or say doesn’t even touch their feet while having a shower. As we give least importance to our feet. We do  not wash them properly nor moisturize them, we often do that. So, first thing to get rid of foot odor is to wash them properly and gently. Easy they are also a part of your body and that too a special one.

Scrub/ pamper them

Yes, washing them quickly with soap and water is not enough especially if you have foot odor problem. The main reason behind scrubbing your feet is to get rid of the bacteria and dead skin cells that bacteria like to feed on. So, when you finally decide to wash your feet give them full attention by scrubbing them all over and you can do this with the help of a washcloth, scrubber, brush etc. And do no forget to wash in between your toes, either. After scrubbing them you will notice that your feet have become a shade fairer and soft.

Dry your feet

After washing them the next thing to do is to dry them completely. Take out the time to dry them gently and do not forget your toes.

Use hand sanitizer

We all know what is the job of  a hand sanitizer, right it may sound weird but applying hand sanitizer all over your feet is also good as the bacteria on your feet will go straight away. And a good hand sanitizer will kill germs on your feet and also inhibit bacterial growth.

Use antiperspirant

The same kind of antiperspirant you use under your arms can also be used for your feet. Just make sure to use different stick for your feet. Apply it to your clean, dry feet  at night, then put on your socks as it is the next morning and go to work. It will keep your feet smell fresh and dry during the entire day.

Keep a mixture of 1/2 regular vinegar and 1/2 isopropyl alcohol

You can apply this mixture all over your feet with the help of a medicine dropper and between your toes and irritated skin as well. Both the products are harmless for your skin and the alcohol inhibits or kills bacteria. It also helps to get rid of fungus and foot odor as well. You can also soak your feet in a solution of this mixture as a way to get rid of foot odor. You can also add a few drops of thyme oil and baking soda both of them will help you get rid of that awful smell.

Rub your feet with the following powder

Rubbing any one of the following mixtures will help you to get rid of your foot odor.

Talcum powder: Talcum powder is an astringent so it will dry your feet.

Baking soda: You should apply baking soda as this creates an alkaline environment that is not bacterial  friendly.

Corn starch: Why corn starch? This is because corn starch absorbs sweat.

Freshen up your feet

You should wear sandals and open-toed shoes so the air can flow around your feet, Keeping your feet open and so that they cannot produce as much sweat. During winters wear leather shoes or canvas and stay away from rubber and plastic shoes.

Change your socks daily

As we all know that socks absorb the sweat when a person wears them and it dries when you take them off. Putting on the same pair of socks will reheat the sweat, leading to a foul smell. To get rid of foot odour change your socks daily.

Points to consider

When you wash your socks you should wash them inside out so that the dead skin flakes can also be washed.

Go for socks made of cotton or wool. Non-absorbent socks like that of nylon trap moisturizer around your foot and makes a cozy place for bacteria growth.

Powder your shoes
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Adding a little amount of baking soda in your shoes daily is the best way to get rid of foot odor. Just remember to dust out yesterday baking soda before adding the fresh amount. Why baking soda? The reason is simple baking soda absorbs moisture and odor.

Use cedar wood or cloves to freshen shoes

When you are not wearing your shoes instead you are wearing heels or your sandals then you can keep a clove in your shoes to get rid of that kinky smell. This is the best way to get rid of that awful smell from your shoes.

Wash your shoes frequently

This is something which you should know even without someone telling you. Washing your shoes do not hurt? Do they, so wash your shoes once in a while, twice or thrice a month is okay. And make sure they dry out completely before you put them on.

Use bleach

Add about two tablespoon of bleach in a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about five to ten minutes daily for a week. If you find that your feet are feeling dry then you can also apply baby oil afterwards. This is one of the easiest and most beneficial way of getting rid of foot odor.

Use salt water

To get rid of foot odor you can also try this thing, what you have to do is. Mix about half a cup of kosher salt in a bucket and soak your feet in it. Dry your feet completely after this.

Try vinegar to get rid of foot odor

This will make your skin a bit acidic but it’s okay if you really want to get rid of foot odor. But do not be a fool if it starts burning even a little bit take out your feet and dry them thoroughly.

Epsom salt soak
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Epsom salt is wonderful as it have many benefits and when it comes to getting rid of of odor then using Epsom salt is also a great option. Epsom neutralizes odor and also works wonder for aching feet.

You will require…

  • 1/2 cup of Epsom salt
  • Eight cups of warm water
  • Something to soak your feet in like a bucket or bowl.

How to do it….

Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into the eight cups of warm water and then soak your feet for about thirty minutes one to two times a day. And dry your feet thoroughly afterwards.

Sage and rosemary soak

Why sage? Sage because it has antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and it is also an stringent. Rosemary is also an antibacterial/ antiviral and is also astringent which means that both of them prevents and minimizes the production of sweat. Less sweat leads to less bacteria.

You will require…

  • One teaspoon of rosemary dry
  • One to two teaspoons of dried sage
  • A small foot basin

How to do it…

Take a bucket or a foot basin and fill it with warm water and add herbs to it. When it is normal enough to put your feet in soak for thirty minutes that too one to two times a day.

Black tea foot soak

In old times people used black tea to get rid of foot odor as it contains high levels of tannin or tannin acid. The acid creates an unfriendly environment for bacterial growth, as it also acts as an astringent.

You will require…

  • Five bags of black tea
  • Four cups of hot water
  • And something to soak your feet in.

How to do it…

Pour four cups of hot water in a foot basin or a bucket and then add five bags of black tea. Wait for ten minutes till the tea as well as the water gets cool. Do this once a day and in no time you will get rid of your foot odor.


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