There are 2 things you need to solve when mentioning foot odor, they are bacteria and sweat. It is not really bacteria that make foot odor, but when bacteria develop fast in wet environment, they cause odor. Sweat is odorless in most cases, apart from sweat from glands under your arm or in the genital area. Some protein and acid amin in sweat from these glands (called apocrine gland) could provide food for bacteria, making extremely unattractive smell. Bacteria on your feet give out burning smell when it is eating, which is the root of your entire problem. If you could keep your feet dry, clean and antibacterial, you will never be worried about letting it breathe out in a room packed with people.
Speaking is easier than practicing and when you need some help, some home remedies below could help you kick all the culprits of bad odor:
- Simple Epsom salts for feet
Epsom salts are very effective for kicking all bad smell, including curing vaginal odor. As a reward, they would also be very gentle on your feet. According to some assistants and doctors at Pennsylvania University, salts moisturize skin, reducing bacteria on it.
You need half of a spoon of Epsom salts, 8 cups of warm water, something to put your feet into. Mix ½ of Epsom salts in 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet there in 30 minutes once or twice a day. Clean them afterwards.
- Sage and Rosemary Soak
Sage has the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal nature, and it can also be astringent. Rosemary also has antibacterial, antifungal nature as well as an astringent. This means that both will reduce the production of sweat from sweat gland. Less sweat means less ideal environment for bacteria to locate.
You need a spoon of dried rosemary, a spoon of dried sage, a foot basin or something like that. Pour boiled water into the basin and add all the herbal vegetable for it. Keep it steep until it is cool enough for feet to put into, but still warm. Soak about 30 minutes once or twice a day.
- Baking soda
There are too many uses and health benefits of baking soda to be listed here, but when it comes to foot odor, it could be a real magic for all people. It naturally prevents odor, eliminates bacteria or fungus and soften your feet to move. Lemon will be an astringent, helping prevent sweat making odor, adding the fragrant smell.
You need ¼ cup of baking soda, 8 cups of water, lemon water, a basin or something like that to soak your feet into. Put ¼ cup of baking soda into your basin, and then pour about 8 cups of warm water (not hot). Put some lemon water, soak your feet into, let it a little swish. Soak it for about 15 to 20 minutes or longer until it is totally dry.
Apple cider vinegar may not be the primary thing you would like to soak your foot odor into, but it really does a good job to kill the odor. It creates an acid environment that bacteria have difficulties growing.
You need ½ cup of apple cider water, 5-8 cups of warm water, and a basin to soak your feet into. Pour 5-8 cups of warm water into the basin and add ½ white wine or apple vinegar into. Soak your feet into for 15 minutes and twice a day. Let it dry completely when you are finished- you can wash it with cold water if you want to.
Traditionally, it is said that soaking your feet into black tea could eliminate foot odor – it is deemed effective for its high level of tannin or acid tannic in tea. Acid will create an environment unsuitable for bacteria while it still works as an astringent for body cells and sweat glands. It is very difficult to find out scientific evidence for this, but it is worth trying out as many people like it.
You need 5 black tea bags, 4 cups of hot water, a basin or something similar. Pour 4 cups of hot water into your basin, adding 5 bags of black tea. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this once a day, dry your feet out carefully after that.
- Green Tea
The acid in green tea helps close your pores, reducing sweat production. It also operates as a natural antibacterial element, killing bacteria on your feet.
You need to add 2 bags of tea into water and boil them for 15 minutes. At the next stage, add 2 liters of cool water and then pour the liquid into a basin. Soak your feet into it for 30 minutes. Do this once a week.