Stinky feet (and other forms of body odour) can be a cause of embarrassment, especially when you’re with a person that you’re hoping to impress. Unfortunately, bacteria lurking in our shoes, on the floor, in socks and even on your slippers can make its home in your feet, and eventually cause weird smells, especially when you sweat.
If you are noticing a funky smell emanating from your feet on several occasions, you may be suffering from a condition called bromhidrosis, or plainly called as foot odour. This condition arises when your feet are sweating and the sweat does not evaporate, which in turn causes the bacteria to feast on the sweat. The smell can be mildly disturbing to downright nauseating, and you’re luckier if you find yourself on the lighter end of the spectrum.
Here’s the good news – you can find natural remedies for stinky feet, and a lot of these are just items or products lying around your house. Here are some tips on how to stop foot odour right at home, without the need to use medication.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can effectively remove the funky odour by killing off the bacteria feeding on the sweat. Baking soda is a natural pH neutralizer; therefore bacteria can no longer reproduce quickly since the acids found in sweat are naturally neutralized by the baking soda. In order to use baking soda as a remedy, place some warm water in a bucket and mix a generous amount of baking soda. Soak your feet in the mixture for at least twenty minutes every day before drying it out. You may also dust baking soda in your socks and shoes before wearing them. Keep in mind that this isn’t an instant fix – it may take quite a while before the foot odour vanishes completely.
It turns out that tea isn’t just for drinking; it also contains medicinal properties which includes curing foot odour. Tannic acid found in black tea efficiently kills the natural bacteria that are responsible in creating the bad odour. Aside from killing the bacteria, it also prevents future smelliness by closing up the pores found in the feet area so that you will sweat less. In order to make use of black tea as a remedy for smelly feet, boil two black tea bags in three cups of water. Let it steep. Grab a bucket and place tap water to fill it halfway. Sit back and soak your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Vinegar is a mix of acetic acid and water, and the acetic acid is responsible in killing off the bacteria that feeds on the sweat. In order to make use of this remedy, mix vinegar and hot water together and soak your feet for at least ten minutes. However, the soaking will cause your feet to smell like vinegar – use scented soap to remove this strong smell. If you do not have anything to do for the day, you can simply leave the vinegar on your feet. The strong odour will immediately disappear after the liquid dries.
With love and care