Wearing shoes for long time or having poor foot hygiene are factors that can cause a bad smell of your feet. In this article, discover few tips to naturally get rid of smelly feet!
The feet have a very large number of sweat glands, so they are likely to sweat excessively. If you wear shoes all day long of course your feet will sweat which can cause odors. Indeed, sweating creates warm, humid environment favorable for the growth of bacteria and fungi, causing foul odors.
Moreover, the bad foot odor can also be caused by hereditary factors, poor hygiene or use of socks and shoes made of synthetic materials.
However, this annoying problem is not without solution. There are many ways to address this issue, but the best are obviously the most natural. Here are a variety of foot baths, equally effective against the bad smelling feet. These baths are made from natural ingredients and very easy to prepare.
Foot bath with black tea
- 5 cups hot water
- 5 bags of black tea
Pour hot water in a bucket and add the tea bags. Leave the bags to soak for 15 to 20 minutes and then soak your feet in it. Make sure first that the water has cooled. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes. Repeat this trick every day, for more efficiency.
Benefits of tea bath:
The tannic acid in the black tea will help to eliminate bacteria and close the pores of the skin of the feet, to reduce perspiration causing bad odor.
Foot bath with lemon and baking soda
- Juice of one lemon
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- 8 cups hot water
Put the lemon juice and baking soda in the bucket filled with warm water. Wait until the water cools, and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
Benefits of lemon and baking soda bath
The astringent and antibacterial properties of lemon and baking soda will help neutralize odors, eliminate bacteria and fungi and thus reduce sweating, responsible for the bad smell of the feet.
Footbath with sage and rosemary
- 1 or 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Place the dried herbs in a bucket of hot water and let them steep until the water temperature is bearable to soak the feet. Soak your feet for 30 minutes. Repeat this process once or twice a day.
Benefits of sage and rosemary bath
The astringent power of sage, combined with antibacterial and antifungal properties of rosemary, will help reduce perspiration of the feet, and thus eliminate the bad smell.
Foot bath with Epsom salt
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- 8 cups hot water
Pour the water into a bucket and add Epsom salt. Then, soak your feet in this mixture for 30 minutes, 1-2 times a day. Make sure you dry your feet after the bath.
Benefits of Epsom salt bath
Epsom salt helps eliminate odors, because it contains magnesium sulphate that neutralizes the odors. This salt also helps relieve sore feet.
Apple cider vinegar bath
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 7-8 cups hot water
Add the apple cider vinegar in warm water, mix well and soak your feet for 15 minutes. Then wash your feet in cold water and dry them thoroughly. Repeat this foot bath 1 to 2 times a day.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar bath
Vinegar is a natural astringent that helps regulate the pH of the skin and deeply cleans the skin. This bath helps to eliminate the bacteria causing bad foot odor.
Other tips to prevent foot odor
- It is important to have good foot hygiene to prevent odors. Wash your feet once or twice a day using an antibacterial soap and make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials and those that do not let the feet breathe
- Prefer socks made of natural fibers (eg cotton)
- Never put wet or damp shoes, let them dry thoroughly before you wear them
- Use anti-odor insoles
- Aerate your shoes and your feet as much as you can