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Guide to Getting Rid of Stinky Feet

Stinky feet are disgusting and you know it!

The thought of people moving away, covering their noses, holding their breath is horrifying. If that happens, you’d feel terribly embarrassed.

It can get so severe that you’d be uncomfortable even in situations where your feet are covered. You’d be so conscious that at any moment your feet will diffuse an unpleasant odor.

This condition is called bromodosis or bromhidrosis — sweaty feet with offensive odor.

Smelly Feet

What makes your feet stink?

The culprit is the bacteria on your skin which break down sweat and grow favorably on the damp sole of your shoes. As bacteria decompose, a horrible smell starts to develop.

Other causes are hormonal changes especially in teenagers and pregnant women, poor personal hygiene, genetics, overactive sweat glands, and fungal infections.

Stinky Feet Remedies

Here are some things you can start doing at home to eliminate bacteria and to end the embarrassing odor of your feet.

Recommended Daily Foot Hygiene Routine

  1. This includes washing your feet with antibacterial soap every day. Dry your feet with towel thoroughly.
  2. Dab between toes with cotton wool dipped in witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.
  3. Keep toenails trimmed and cleaned to help prevent toenail fungus.
  4. Change your socks at least twice a day and more if you sweat profusely.
  5. Dusting with antiperspirant powder can neutralize odor and absorbs too much moisture. Add a few drops of essential oil of choice to the powder for additional busting off of nasty smell.
  6. Wear your shoes alternately to let them dry out for at least 24 hours. For your information, leather or canvas shoes let your feet breathe unlike plastic ones. And wearing of open-toed sandals during summer is recommended.
  7. Store shoes in a well ventilated place.
  8. Insert cedar chips sachet or zeolite pouch into your shoes to neutralize odor and traps moisture.

Foot Scrub or Foot Powder
Clean and dry feet before applying foot scrub or powder. But avoid using these products if you have broken skin or eczema.

Products commonly used are baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot powder because they can absorb more moisture. Sprinkle them to your feet and to your shoes whenever you will go.


Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil smells wonderful and has many benefits. One is killing foul odor-causing bacteria. Just rub a few drops and massage onto your feet at night before you go to bed. Wear socks as you sleep for effective results.

Foot Soak

These are some foot baths you can make by yourself to eliminate bacteria, fungi etc.; and eventually stop the stinky odor.

  • Saltwater Foot Soak
    To do this, dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salt or  for 8 cups of warm water or ¼ cup of Epsom salt into 4 cups warm water and soak your feet for 10 – 15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes once or twice daily.
  • Vinegar Foot Soak
    To make a vinegar bath, mix one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week. This will dry your feet and prevents the proliferation of bacteria.
  • Black Tea Foot Soak
    Simmer 2 regular tea bags or mint tea bags in 500mL water for 15 minutes. Then dilute tea with 2 liters of cool water then soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this every day for a week. The tannic acid in the tea kills the bacteria and closes your pores reducing the amount of sweat.
  • Baking Soda and Citrus Soak
    Put ¼ cup baking soda and 8 cups of warm water in a basin. Squeeze in one lemon juice, sink feet in and soak for 15 – 20 minutes and then dry completely. Do this daily for a week.
2 replies
  1. Nelly
    Nelly says:

    We have had massive problems with smelly feet and shoes. I went to a podiatrist and have tried different treatments afterwards. My personal recommendation is cedar wood. Since we use cedar wood shoe trees and insoles our cabinet smells much better. We usually wear Zederna cedar soles in our shoes


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