[toc]Are you suffering from foot odor that just refuses to go no matter how many times you wash your feet? Well stinking feet is a social embarrassment and make you reluctant to take off your shoes in public or in the presence of company. Our foot has numerous sweat glands that secrete perspiration.
When this perspiration comes in contact with bacteria, the bacteria causes bad odor. There are a number of ways by which you can get rid of the stinking smell. Here we bring to you a few natural remedies to combat smelly feet.
Home Remedies For Smelly Feet
One of the most effective and well-known cures for treating smelly stinky feet is baking soda. In a bucket of hot water add two to three tablespoons of baking soda. Immerse your feet in the hot water for 10-25 minutes. The baking soda will help to kill all stench producing bacteria present on your skin. Dry your feet with a towel afterwards and apply talcum powder. This should be done three to four times a week to see results.
Take a one inch piece of ginger and smash it in a mortar and pestle. Boil the smashed ginger in a cup of water until the water reduces to half. Now allow the water to cool down. Next, soak a clean tea towel in the ginger water solution and rub it on the soles of your feet. Ginger has anti-bacterial properties that helps to kill harmful bacteria.
Prepare a foot soak by adding a few drops of lavender oil in a bucket of warm water. Soak your feet in the warm water for 15-20 minutes. Your feet will smell lovely after this foot soak and you no longer have to worry about stinking feet.
Brew three to four tablespoon of tea leaves in a cup of water. Strain the tea leaves and add the liquid to half a bucket of water. Soak your feet in the water for 15-20 minutes before drying your feet with a towel. The tannic acid present in tea helps to reduce sweating which in turn reduces foot odor.
Lemon Juice and Clove Oil
Add a drop of clove oil to one-fourth cup of lemon juice. Rub this on the soles of your feet to get rid of stinky and smelly feet. Alternatively, you can cut a lemon in half and rub it on the soles of your feet.
To a bucket of hot water add two tablespoon of Epsom salt. Mix well with your hand so that the salt dissolves completely. Now, soak your feet in the water for 10-25 minutes or until the water turns cold. Epsom salt is very helpful in removing toxins and bacteria from the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another effective remedy to get rid of stinky feet is to use apple cider vinegar. Just rub a bit of apple cider vinegar on the soles of your feet and the foot odor will disappear. Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid and phenolics that kills odor causing bacteria.
These were a few natural methods of getting rid of smelly feet. Wear open toed shoes and clean your shoes regularly to prevent foot odor.