Natural Home Remedies to Prevent and Eliminate Feet Odor

Natural Home Remedies to Prevent and Eliminate Feet Odor

Together with bad breath, smelly feet is probably one of the most awkward afflictions as so many people associate it with being dirty. In reality, people with bad feet odor bath as often and are no less hygienic than those whose feet do not smell. Lack of cleanliness is not the culprit.

The number one cause of odor-rich feet, is bacteria that thrive in an environment that is moist and slightly acidic. People whose feet sweat in their socks or closed shoes inadvertently create such an environment as sweat is both moist and acidic. Home remedies for feet odor should, therefore, tackle the moisture, the acidity, and the ability of bacteria to proliferate.

To get rid of your smelly feet, try the following foot soaks as well as my other natural remedies for foot odor (including my special herbal powder to eliminate foot odor).

Foot Soaks to Get Rid of Foot Odor

Tea Soaks to eliminate foot odor

This is a common folk remedy for foot odor. It is thought that the high levels of tannins, or tannic acid, in the tea creates an unfriendly environment for bacteria.

Use 4 or 5 tea bags to a quart of hot water. Allow to cool, and soak feet for about 20 minutes each day.

Don’t throw away your used teabags – find out other genius uses for your used teabags.

Soak your feet in saltwater

Many people have discovered that salt dries out the skin. If you dissolve half a cup of salt in a bowl of warm water and you bathe your feet in it for 20 minutes every day, it will pull some of that excess moisture out of your skin.

Use this only in extreme cases, however, as dry skin that cracks and peals is not much easier to deal with than smelly feet. If you suffer from cracked heel, read my post about the best natural remedies for cracked heels.

Alternatively, you can use Epsom salt which not only neutralizes odor and reduces sweat, but also helps to soothe aching feet. You can read more about these great uses for Epsom salt.

Vinegar Bath for foot odor

Vinegar has surprising household uses and you can also use it to fight feet odor. Bacteria cannot live in an environment that is highly acidic, which makes vinegar the ideal solution.  The vinegar will mix with your sweat and lower its pH to a level where the bacteria struggle to grow.

Mix one 1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar with 6 cups of water in a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week.

Baking Soda and lemon juice soak for foot odor

I’ve already mentioned that baking soda is a powerful kitchen medicine that can be used as a natural remedy and you can also use baking soda to treat smelly feet. Bacteria cannot live in an environment that is highly alkaline. As baking soda is one of the strongest alkalis in your house, you cannot overlook it as a remedy.

Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda in 8 cups of warm water and add the juice of one lemon.
Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes, and then dry completely.

Put baking soda in your socks – One plan is to put some baking soda inside your socks before you put them on. By doing so, your feet will perspire into an alkaline substance that can neutralize some of the acid in the sweat. In addition, the powder will absorb some of the sweat and thereby keep your feet dryer than they would otherwise have been.

Other Natural Remedies for Foot Odor

Essential Oil Blend for Feet Odor

Collect some anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oils and make your own essential oil blend to combat smelly feet.

Tea tree oil (which has many medicinal uses), eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, sage oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, peppermint oil, geranium oil, and cinnamon oil all have anti-bacterial properties. You can also use grapefruit seed extract which is not an essential oil but it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Moreover, any blend that contains some of these will mask the odor and you have several options:

Essential oil foot bath – One idea is a foot bath that combines your favorite selection of these oils with water. Put a few drops of your preferred essential oil blend and a carrier oil in warm bath and soak your feet in such a blend for 10 minutes twice a day. It can clean the bacteria off your feet and it will make your feet smell great.

Topical treatment – Alternatively, blend some of these oils and dilute with carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. You can carry it around with you as a topical treatment to apply whenever you think your feet are getting especially sweaty.

Essential oils and your shoes – Brush diluted oil blend over the inside that touches your foot. This will remove some of the smell and will combat the bacteria.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

A Spicy Herbal Powder to Eliminate Feet Odor

Most households have antiseptic herbs and spices such as thyme, rosemary and sage somewhere in the kitchen. If you have some of these herbs, you can mix them in water as a solution in which to soak your feet. One tablespoon of dried herbs per three cups of water should be enough.

Otherwise, rub the diluted oil blend into your feet, dry them completely, and dust them with the powder blend before putting on your shoes. This double treatment will help to keep the bacteria away and will keep your feet dry.

You should also treat your shoes with this antibacterial herbal powder. When you take your shoes off at night, pour the powder blend inside them, rub it on the inside where your feet go, and leave the powder in them until the next morning. Even better, if you have two pairs of shoes, wear the second pair on the next day and leave the powder blend inside the first pair until the next evening.

More Tips to Eliminate Foot Odor

Use Sweat-Absorbent Socks

These days many socks are made of nylon because it is tough, lightweight, and elastic. It is, sadly, also traps sweat on your feet.

Cotton, on the other hand, absorbs the sweat and thereby takes some of it away from your feet. This will help to keep your feet dry and free of the bacteria that feed on sweat. Some companies make special sports socks for this purpose.

If your feet sweat a lot, you should think of carrying an extra pair of socks with you so you can change halfway through the day.

Pick Your Shoes Carefully

When you buy shoes, choose shoes that do not fit too snugly. If they are slightly elastic and open up a bit on the sides while you walk, a lot of the sweat and heat can escape. Alternatively, wear open shoes like sandals that do not build up so much heat around your feet.

If A Remedy Doesn’t Help, Look Inside

If you have tried all of the above measures to help combat foot odor naturally without success, your problem may need to be treated internally through addressing your diet. Simple changes that correct your pH, nutrient and hydration levels can be very powerful for an array of health conditions, including problematic foot odor.

If after seeing a naturopath or nutritionist you still have not been able to make any progress, it would be wise to book in and have a chat with your doctor about what further steps could be taken.

Read my other related articles:
1. The Best Natural Remedies for Cracked Heels
2. Natural Remedies for Swollen Ankles, Legs and Feet
3. Simple and Effective Natural Cures for Toenail Fungus
4. How to Get Rid of Dead Dry Skin on Feet

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