Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Stinky feet, medically known as bromodosis are a common year-round problem. It’s often an embarrassing situation that is literally hidden under wraps. It is not actually the sweat that makes your feet smell but the bacteria that thrives in the moist environment.
Natural Remedies for Smelly Feet:
. 1/2 regular vinegar and 1/2 isopropyl alcohol mixture: Dribble this daily over and between your toes and irritated skin on the feet and spread it.
. Black Tea Foot Soak: Pour 4 cups of very hot or boiling water in a foot basin and add 5 bags of black tea. Allow them to steep for 10 minutes and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this once a day.
. Epsom Salt Soak: Dissolve 1/2 cup of Epsom salt in 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily. Dry thoroughly afterwards.
. Kosher Salt Water Soak: Apply half a cup of kosher salt for every quart of water. After soaking, don’t rinse your feet and just dry thoroughly.
. Vinegar Soak: Soak feet for 15 mins in foot basin with 5-8 cups of warm water and add 1/2 cup of white distilled or apple cider vinegar to it. Pat dry or rinse in cold water.
Avoid if your feet already smells ‘vinegary’ else this might make things worse.
. Baking Soda and Citrus Soak: Pour approx. 8 cups of warm water over 1/4 cup of baking soda in your foot basin. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes and then dry completely.
. Sage and Rosemary Soak: Fill a foot basin with boiling water and add 1 tsp of dried rosemary and dried sage. Let it steep until it is the right temperature for you to put your feet in. Soak for 30 minutes, once or twice a day
. Change your socks every day, especially if your feet tend to get sweaty.
. Lightly dust baking powder or corn starch on your socks/feet.
. Surgical spirit: Dab between your toes with a cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit after a shower or bath to dry that area completely.
. Put medicated insoles which have a deodorizing effect in your shoes
. Try feet-fresh socks. Some sports socks have ventilation panels to keep feet dry and antibacterial socks are impregnated with chemicals to discourage the odor-producing bacteria that feed on sweat
. Wear leather or canvas shoes as they let your feet breathe unlike plastic ones.
. Zinc Supplements: A zinc deficiency can lead to foot odor, as well as general body odor AND bad breath. Make sure zinc is included in your multi- vitamin or get a separate zinc supplement.If all these fail, please visit your doctor to seek a remedy for this stinking problem.