Are you suffering from a raging case of stinky feet? Do people wince when you walk by? Do your dogs avoid chewing on your shoes? Here are some suggestions that may help tame that fearsome foot odor.
1. Wash your feet
Wash your feet with soap at least once a day. Use washcloth or scrub to rub between your toes and exfoliate the entire surface of your foot. The idea is to get rid of bacteria and any dead skin cells that bacteria love to feed on.
2. Dry your feet
After bathing, thoroughly dry your feet with clean towel. Tip, use hair dryer to completely dry your feet. Again, don't neglect the space between your toes. Note: Putting shoes on damp feet will accelerate bacteria growth.
3. Apply powder
Apply generous amount of talcum powder on your feet before putting on shoes. This will help to keep your feet dry. Tip, if your feet sweat excessively, apply a thin layer of antiperspirant onto your feet.
4. Wear cotton socks
Wear cotton socks, which helps your feet to sweat less. Moisture, whether it's water or sweat, is what creates a fertile breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria. Tip, change your socks daily, and never, ever wear a pair of socks more than once without washing them.
5. Rotate your shoes
Wear shoes made of natural materials, and avoid wearing the same pair two days in a row. Be sure that your shoes are dry out completely so that bacteria won't grow.
- Wear sandals or open-toe shoes so your feet stay cool and you don't produce as much sweat. If you can't wear sandals, go for leather or canvas shoes, which allow your feet to "breathe". Note, steer clear of rubber and plastic shoes.
- Wash your shoes regularly. Just make sure they dry thoroughly before you put them on.
- Put special cedar soles in your shoes. The cedar wood reduces sweat and odor very effectively. Alternatively, lightly powder shoes and socks with fresh baking soda daily, guaranteed to eliminate the stinkiest foot and shoe odor, and is a simple and economical solution.
6. Soak your feet in tea
At night, steep 2 bags of black tea in 2 cups of hot water for 15 minutes. Pour into a plastic tub, add 2 quarts of cool water, and soak your feet for up to 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea is said to temporarily inhibit sweat glands. Repeat as often as necessary.
7. Let your feet breathe
Whenever you can, go barefoot and let your feet breathe.
8. Consult a doctor
If odor persists, consult a doctor. There may be a medical reason for your smelly feet.