Your feet are the natural habitat of millions of bacteria, which thrive on your sweat and shed skin cells. By-products produced by these bacteria are what give feet that stinky smell. When you seal your feet in a pair of shoes and they pour out sweat, you give the bacteria more food to feast on. Foot odor can also be caused by poorly controlled fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. People with diabetes or heart disease, as well as elderly people in general, are often more prone to foot infections and foot odor due to inefficient blood circulation.
There are plenty of solutions that keep your feet from smelling awful such as changing your socks at least twice a day and using antiperspirant on your clean feet.
The worst thing about stinky feet is that it affects our persona in a social gathering and makes the people around us uncomfortable. However, it is not a serious health problem to be worried about. While there is no specific medication for feet odor you can always try good old home remedies to help you deal with this problem.
Salt pulls moisture out of your skin, reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive there, said Al D’Angelantonio, III, DPM, podiatrist and assistant professor of surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In a tub or large bowl of warm water, dissolve 1/2 to 1 c kosher salt. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this every day for two weeks. Foot odor can also be neutralized by adding 2 tbsp of Epsom salt to a large bowl of warm water and soaking your feet for 15 minutes. As well as reducing any stinky smells, an Epsom salt foot soak is very soothing for aching feet, so you can take care of smells and relax at the same time.
Baking soda soak
Add one tbsp of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for 15-20 minutes. Do it regularly for a week. Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda in your shoes and socks. It will combat the bacteria present in them and prevent the occurrence of stinky smell. Or else, heat eight cups of water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda to it. Squeeze a lemon into this solution. Now, soak your feet in it. Pat your feet dry with a soft towel after taking them out.
Vinegar has surprising household uses and you can also use it to fight feet odor. Bacteria cannot live in an environment that is highly acidic, which makes vinegar the ideal solution. The vinegar will mix with your sweat and lower its pH to a level where the bacteria struggle to grow.
Mix one 1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar with 6 cups of water in a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week.
Black tea soak
Boil a quart of water and add 5 tea bags. After the water cools, soak your feet for 30 minutes. The tannin in the tea is an astringent, which will prevent your feet from perspiring.