Warm, moist feet are the natural reservoirs for microorganisms, specifically fungi and bacteria. When you wear socks and shoes whole day long, foot odor (bromodosis) can be inevitable, because your feet will sweat and that warm moist dark enclosed environment is something that microorganisms require to flourish, and produce the stinky smelling feet. Have you ever come across a situation where people are either putting a handkerchief on their noses or turning their faces away to shun smelling the odor when you take off your shoes? Pooh! Foot odor can be very embarrassing.
There are numerous causes of foot odor. The most common ones comprise of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), poor hygiene, athlete’s foot, also called as Tinea pedis/ringworm (fungal) infection of the foot, hormonal changes such as during puberty and pregnancy (when the tendency to perspiration accentuates), and conditions like diabetes (poor neurological sensation and negligent feet care) and so on so forth.
Here are the top 10 best home remedies for foot odor:
1. Prevention and Maintaining a Good Hygiene
The one-step solution for foot odor is preventing it from ensuing. Wash your feet daily with a good anti-bacterial soap. Scrub your feet thoroughly and before wearing socks and shoes, dry them completely. Not to mention, the socks should not be filthy/wet.
2. Black Tea Bags
Black tea bags contain tannins, which function as potent anti-bacterial and astringents, causing the body tissues (sweat glands here) to shrink, subsequently leading to diminished perspiration. Get a large saucepan to boil water. Turn off the oven after water starts to boil; next add four black tea bags to the boiled water. Let them steep in the water for some time, at least until the water is not hot enough that makes you screech “ah!” when you put your feet in it. After the water has cooled off, remove the tea bags from the saucepan and then pour this “tannin rich” water into a bucket or dish pan (wide enough to allow your feet to soak in). Give yourself a relaxing cozy pedicure by immersing your feet in the bucket or pan for almost 20 minutes and towel dry completely afterwards.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda, acknowledged for its anti-inflammatory qualities serves as a cheap antidote for foot odor. Get a hold of a basin or some bucket, add a quarter cup of baking soda in around eight cups of warm water in the bucket. Allow your feet to remain dipped in for quite a while, like for instance say for about 20-30 minutes, and then remove them and pat dry entirely.
4. Sage and Rosemary
These herbs are not accessible to everyone, but if you are one of those lucky ones to obtain them, you have a surefire cure for foot odor. Sage and rosemary have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, and pleasantly scenting characteristics. Therefore, curtail the production of sweat, which is a major dwelling for the microorganisms. Fill in a foot bucket or pan with warm water and add a teaspoon of these herbs. Sink in your feet for at least 15-20 minutes.
5. Use an Antiperspirant
Spray your feet with an antiperspirant or even an underarm deodorant to minimize the sweat production. Remember to apply the antiperspirant in between your toes as well.
6. Baby Powder
Sprinkling on some baby powder will reduce, if not actually eliminate the foot odor via reducing the amount of sweat build up.
7. Lemon Water Soak
Cut the lemon into two half slices, squeeze the lemon juice in a large bowl filled with warm water and step your feet in.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV has enormous beneficial attributes. It is not only an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic agent, but also reduces the PH of the skin thereby averting the bacteria to thrive in, as bacteria just hate acidic atmospheres. Add one half cup of ACV to around 8-9 cups of warm water. In addition, pervade a few drops of lavender oil or some other essential oil, whatever you are fond of (the purpose is to thwart off the vinegar smell). Soak in for a few minutes and then pat dry.
In water, steep 5-6 tablespoons of oats. The oats will soften up and used like a scrub. Scrub your feet with this oatmeal, leave for a few minutes until dry, and wash it entirely. Dry it thoroughly. Then use a moisturizer, and wear socks and shoes confidently.
10. Odor eater insoles
If foot odor is a nuisance for your existence, attempt to make this tip as part of your regular foot care. Try ultra-durable foot odor-destroying insoles. You can acquire them from any good cheaper store. Just slip them into your shoes and they will suck out the odor from your feet.