If you suffer from foot odor, you’re not alone. By means of over 20,000 sweat glands, our feet produce a half pint of sweat, under normal conditions.
In many people, this sweat evaporates, but in some, it doesn’t, and their feet produce even more sweat, resulting in odor.
Do you suffer, try the following foot odor remedies:
1. Wash your feet thoroughly
Wash feet thoroughly and often with a deodorant soap and dry them well. It may be necessary to wash feet several times a day.
2. Alternate hot and cold foot soaks.
Alternate hot and cold foot baths to help reduce the amount of perspiration. Next, put your feet in a bath of lemon juice and ice cubes. Afterwars, rub feet with alcohol. This treatment is not recommended for those suffering from poor circulation, such as diabetics.
3. Use a foot powder.
Sprinkle on an over-the-counter foot powder, such as Dr. Scholl’s Soothing Foot Powder or Gold Bond Medicated Foot Powder. These products help to keep feet dry and neutralize foot odor.
4. Try soaking feet in salt water.
Soak feet in ½ cup of Epsom salts to one quart of warm water. Do not rinse your feet after soaking, but be sure to dry them thoroughly.
5. Wear socks that allow your feet to breathe.
While some find cotton or wool socks work best, others prefer acrylic. Try different kinds and determine which keep your feet the driest.
6. Apply antiperspirant/deodorant.
Rub or spray a little on the bottoms of feet to help stop perspiration and odor.
7. Deodorize shoes.
Shoes will hold in odors, especially when worn frequently. Smelly shoes lead to smelly feet. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of baking soda inside the shoes to absorb moisture and remove odors.
8. Choose shoes carefully.
Solid rubber or synthetically-lined shoes don’t allow the feet to breathe, which leads to more perspiration. Opt for leather or canvas shoes, and wear sandals whenever possible.
9. Give shoes a rest.
Alternate shoes on a daily basis, to avoid wearing the same pair two days in a row. Let the pair you aren’t wearing air out by loosening the laces and setting them in the sunshine, if possible.
10. Take a zinc supplement, or a multi-vitamin with zinc. The zinc makes the body more resistant to the odor-causing bacteria, and takes about a week or two to eliminate foot odor problems.
11. Cornstarch isn’t just for cooking.
Sprinkle some cornstarch inside shoes to help absorb moisture.
12. Pay attention to your diet.
Strong foods, like onions, peppers, and garlic can make food odor worse.
13. Avoid stress.
Stress causes an increase in the production of sweat. Find activities that help to lower stress, such as meditation or yoga.
14. Try a tea bath.
Soak feet in 5 tea bags in a gallon of warm water, 20 minutes daily. The tannic acid helps to prevent feet from perspiring. This tea bath will also help with fungal infections.
15. Soak feet in apple cider vinegar.
Add 1/3 cup vinegar to a gallon of warm water and soak feet 2 to three times per week.
These foot odor remedies should have your feet smelling fresh and clean in no time. If the odor persists, see your doctor. It’s possible you may have a fungal infection.
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