That foul odor that you smell when you take out your feet from the shoe – that is technically called bromhidrosis, which is a very embarrassing problem that suffers greatly on many people. This mostly happens when your feet get sweaty and that sweat does not get evaporated since you are either wearing socks or shoes. The bacteria present on the skin in that area will grow and feed on that sweat, including the dead skin cells, hence it produces that particularly foul smell.
However, since this is a common problem faced by many, there are a lot of products designed to get rid of smelly feet, even procedures that are claimed to be very effective. Yet not all people with smelly feet can afford such products and services. The good thing about today’s accessible information is that there are certain ways to get rid of smelly feet without spending too much money on it. What’s more, these are ingredients that you can find easily in your cupboard.
Lavender oil comes with bacteria-killing action and will also give that fragrant smell to your feet. Not only that – it also have antifungal properties that are very effective in getting rid of smelly feet.
You only need a couple of drops of this essential oil on warm water. Make sure that the warm water is high enough on a container to soak your feet in. Put your feet in the oil-treated water and leave it there for twenty minutes. Repeat this process twice a day for a couple of days.
This ingredient is known also as sodium bicarbonate, which is not only used for cleaning household chores but also an effective remedy against smelly feet. It aids in neutralizing the pH levels of the sweat and at the same time reduces the bacteria present in it.
Preparation in this process is by adding a good amount of baking soda onto warm water. The acceptable proportion is adding a tablespoon of baking soda to one quart water. Soak your feet into the mixture and leave it for twenty minutes. Do this process at night daily for seven days.
You can also make use of baking soda as some sort of “powder” to your socks and shoes prior to wearing them.
Black tea contains tannic acid, proven to eradicate bacteria that is responsible for creating smelly feet. It will also aid in closing up the pores of the feet, thus lessening the sweat that provides food for the bacteria to feed on.
Prepare two bags of black tea and steep them onto 3 cup hot water. Add on 1/2 bucket plain water in order to lower its temperature. It will be easier this way for you to soak in your feet. Once soaking starts, leave your feet in it for twenty minutes. Do this process daily for seven days.
Using epsom salt onto your feet will aid in minimizing the smell it produces from bacteria feeding onto it. It will also fight against microbial infection, thus reducing foot odor. You can also make use of a detoxifying foot bath to soothe your aching feet.
As with treating your smelly feet using Epsom salt, you need 2 tablespoon Epsom salt mixed into 1/2 bucket warm water. Soak feet into the solution and leave it there for 15 minutes. To get the best results, do this process right before going to sleep in order for you not to wear any shoes or socks for a couple of hours.
Alum powder comes with antiseptic and astringent properties. It will put a halt to the bacterial growth responsible for smelly feet.
Prepare 1 teaspoon alum powder and a cup warm water. Mix the two well and wash the feet with this prepared solution. After 20 minutes, dry up your feet thoroughly. Afterwards, sprinkle the alum powder onto it. Do this process once per day.