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After scouring the internet for the best home remedies for smelly feet I have chosen 5 homemade DIY solutions that will help you fight the battle against odor. These are remedies that other people use and swear by.
First things first. If you aren’t doing these things already, you might want to start. Smelly feet can be drastically reduced by following these tips:
- Alternate shoes regularly. Putting stinky shoes in the freezer also helps kill off the bacteria
- Try to wear absorbent socks made from cotton. Clean and dry socks of course.
- If you’re lucky enough to work somewhere where you can wear any shoes you want, try to wear canvas shoes such as converse. They are great because they are canvas yet super flexible and allows a lot of breathability. Sneakers tend to insulate causing more sweat.
- Make sure to wash your feet thoroughly every day and dry them right after.
- Diet change is recommended. Stay away from too many processed foods.
- Drink enough water and get enough nutrients.
Okay so here are my top chosen 5 DIY remedies for smelly feet.
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is super effective in eliminating odor from the feet. Why? It neutralizes your sweat’s pH and kills bacteria.
Add a tablespoon of baking soda for every quart of water, and dip and soak your feet in it for 15 -20 minutes every night for about one week or until you notice the reduction of odor. You can also put some baking soda in your shoes and socks before wearing.
Everyone knows the smell of lavender. But not everyone knows that it also kills bacteria. There are also antioxidant and antifungal effects that are great in getting rid of foot odor.
- Insert a few drops of lavender essential oils in warm water.
- Twice a day for a few days, soak your feet in it for 15 – 20 minutes
It might be weird using vinegar when you’re feet already smells like vinegar, but this really works! Vinegar is known to create acidic environments where bacteria cannot live. Any vinegar works, even apple cider.
- 1 ½ cup of vinegar and 4 pints (8 cups) of hot water
- Soak feet 10-15 minutes.
- Wash your feet well so the vinegar smell disappears.
Cedar wood Oil
I could write a whole article on cedwarood oil, but let’s just say it’s a gift from nature. It’s used in therapy, essential oils, as a base ingredient for many beauty products, has rejuvenating properties and the list goes on. Since it has antibacterial and antifungal effects, this is a great remedy for fighting smelly feet.
- Get a good quality cedarwood oil
- Mix 5 drops of oil to 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil.
- Rub gently on your feet and massage. Let it absorb for a few minutes before walking around or wearing socks. Careful not to slip!
- Do this every day for about one week.
Cedar wood insoles for your shoes are known to work very good against sweating and getting rid of foot odor.
Now this is something I purchase and use myself almost every day in the warmer months. It’s not a DIY remedy but its super effective. I will probably be using this soap forever or until they stop making it. I originally bought it to treat tinea versicolor (fungus that causes discolored spots that can spread all across your body, usually because of excessive sweating, looks like large freckles), but found out it also gets rid of bad foot odor. Accidentally I’ve also discovered that it also gets rid of itchiness and hemorrhoid-type symptoms (this is a whole other story). So come to find out, this fairly inexpensive soap has killed 3 birds with one stone.
- When showering, lather feet or affected area with the soap.
- Let it stay on your body for about 5 – 10 minutes. When first using, you might feel an itch or really faint burning feeling. This means it’s working.
- Rinse off with water. You’ll notice a difference after the first day, but repeat for a few days or every day if you want!
The soap has lasted for over 6 months, and I was using it for more than just feet! Wasn’t used much in the colder/drier months.
So there you go. Let me know what you guys think in the comments and all feedback is appreciated.