Foot and Shoe Odor Remedies


A sweaty foot is the ideal place for bacteria to thrive, which results in stinky socks and smelly shoes. Here are some foot odor remedies:

SOAKING: Sometimes even washing feet regularly can’t stop food odor. Health911 suggest a few different soaking solutions to cure stinky feet.

Apple cider vinegar solution: Get a small pan of warm water and mix in 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak your feet several times a week.

Tea: Boil a quart of water. Add 5 tea bags and allow the water to cool. Soak feet for 30 minutes. “The tannin in the tea is an astringent, which will prevent your feet from perspiring,” the article says.

Alum: Alum can be found in the spice department of the grocery store. Mix a teaspoon with one or two gallons of water. Soak your feet for 30 minutes, then rinse with clean water. After four days, repeat this process. Doing this once a month will get rid of foot odor, according to James H. Mary via Health911.

SOCKS: Natural fibers, while sometimes better at absorbing moisture, are not always ideal for athletics. Most socks made for sports, these days, are made of effective synthetic blends, such as COOLMAX®, that help keep feet comfortable or even prevent blisters on feet. Many of these also help get rid of stinky feet. But not always. After a hard workout, you might still have some stinky socks to deal with. Washing stinky socks and clothes in a special sports-specific detergent, such as WIN, can help eliminate the bacteria that makes them smell.

SHOES: Deodorize stinky, smelly shoes with an odor-reducing agent, including baking soda or a specific shoe odor product. The best products kill the bacteria that cause stinky feet and shoes.

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