|Home Remedies to Remove Foot Odor|
Home Remedies How To Treat Foot Odor
1. Give the feet an armpit treatment.
How you treat body odor from armpit? That is how you will treat your foot odor. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the same antiperspirant as you use on your armpits can also keep your feet less sweaty and therefore less smelly. Simply spray or roll it on before putting on your shoes and socks. Wash your feet everyday in warm water using a deodorant soap or antibacterial soap to eliminate foot odor.
2. Turn up the heat
After a bath or shower, blow dry your feet with a hair dryer set to its lowest temperature. This is especially good advice if you are prone to athlete's foot or nail fungus as it helps to prevent infection and reduces moisture that causes foot odor.
3. Soak them and scent them.
Try a black tea foot-bath. Simmer two teabags in 500ml water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and dilute the tea with 2 liter of water, then soak your feet for 30 minutes. Repeat everyday. The tannic acid in strong black tea kills bacteria and closes pores to help your feet sweat less and prevent foot odor.
Make an odor fighting foot soak by adding a cup of vinegar to a basin of warm water. For more foot odor fighting force, add a few drops of thyme oil. The oil contains a strong antiseptic that kills foot odor causing bacteria. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes a day for a week. Do note use this remedy if you have any open sores or broken skin.
If you don't have access to thyme oil, you can easily buy a product that contains it : eg. Listerine mouthwash. Try adding a splash to your foot-bath to eliminate smelly feet. Do not use this if you have a broken skin.
4. Fragrant foot rub.
Lavender oil not only smells good, it can also help to kill bacteria. Rub a few drops onto your feet and massage it in before you go to bed at night. Cover your feet with socks. Before trying this remedy, you should check to make sure that the oil will not irritate your skin by putting one drop on a small area. With this method, your foot odor will vanish.
5. Epsom salt soak.
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salts with 4 liters of warm water in a bucket or basin. Soak your feet for 15 minutes twice a day. The astringent Epsom salts will help to reduce sweating and may kill bacteria that causes foot odor.
6. Give your feet an acne treatment
Apply benzoyl peroxide gel (that are sold on counter pharmacies as an acne treatment) to the bottom of your feet in order to fight bacteria causing foot odor. It can be effective, working in the same way as it does on the bacteria that cause acne.
7. Powder power
Dust your feet with talcum powder or foot powder before you put on your shoes and socks. It will absorb foot odor that is caused by sweat.
Another good foot powder to try are bicarbonate of soda which neutralizes foot odor, and cornflour, which absorbs moisture.
8. Dress well for a better smell
Change your socks at lease once and preferably two or three times a day, replacing them with a clean pair each time. It is like changing your clothes if you feel sweaty.
Alternate between at least two pairs of shoes. After you've worn one pair, set them aside and let them air out for at least 24 hours.
Wear shoes with open-mesh sides or open sandals that allow your feet to 'breathe'. Your feet will also breathe better if you wear cotton socks rather than synthetic blends.
The best cure is to stop wearing shoes - so dump those smelly old slippers and pad around the house and barefoot whenever possible. This will surely prevent foot odor.
Consult your GP if you have athlete's foot that does not clear up with home treatment, excessive sweating even without trainers, or any signs of fungal infection of the nails. You may have an infection that requires a prescription antibiotic or antifungal medication.