Did somebody forget to take out the trash? Some people can clear out an entire room when they take off their shoes due to their stinky feet. Even people who consider themselves to have good personal hygiene can stink up a pair of shoes after a couple mile run. Our feet sweating is a natural process that will lead to your shoes smelling if you some preventive steps aren’t followed. After reading this article you will know how to get rid of stinky feet once and for all.
We humans are blessed with millions of sweat glands. Roughly 500,000 or around 25% of all our sweat glands are in our feet. This is most likely due to the fact that thousands of years ago humans didn’t wear shoes resulting in our feet developing more sweat glands as they were running across the sun baked earth. Now we wear shoes and trap all that sweat in, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
Brevibacteria is the natural bacteria that live on our feet and feed on perspiration and dead skin cells. Inside a shoe is a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive as it is a warm and dark home. Normally sweat would dry up and the bacteria would die off, but since we tend to keep our feet covered the brevibacteria keep on partying.
Using some simple foot hygiene, we can get rid of stinky feet and stop the embarrassment of clearing out a room. The following remedies will help you to quickly get rid of foot odor.
Smelly Feet Remedies
Soak your feet in some white vinegar diluted with water. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. Soak your feet in a warm bath of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water for a few minutes and scrub them with a loofa or wash cloth. Allow your feet to completely dry before placing on a pair of socks or shoes.
Replace your insoles with an odor control insole. You can find insoles for your shoes at any shoe store or online at site like Dr. Scholls that will help prevent odors. Most of these insoles have a charcoal layer built in them which helps absorb and neutralize the sweat from your feet.
Massage your feet with some tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been a natural remedy for foot problems for years. It helps kill fungus and deodorizer your feet and as an added benefit it smells good. Make sure to give your feet some time to soak in the oil and dry a bit before throwing your socks on.
Mouthwash, it’s not just for fresh breath. Mouthwashes contain antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria in your mouth. These same antimicrobial properties will also help ward off bacteria and fungus on your feet. Place some mouthwash on a wash cloth and massage your feet with it after a shower. The alcohol in most mouthwashes can also help prevent athlete’s foot which can also create some nasty odors.
Sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes. Baking soda, like duct tape, has thousands of uses. Putting some in your shoes will create an alkaline environment that kills bacteria. You only need a light dusting of baking soda, were not trying to make soup inside of your shoes.
The best way to not have smelly feet is to prevent it before it starts. Follow these simple tips to stop the rotten smells.
Take a shower you bum. Taking a shower and keeping your feet clean is an obvious way to help prevent stinky feet. Make sure to use some soap and put a little elbow grease into scrubbing your feet. Not only will this help kill some of the current bacteria on your feet but it will help remove some of the dead skin cells which they feast on. After you shower, make sure to dry your feet and put on a clean pair of socks or you will just reintroduce your feet back to the bacteria infested environment.
Keep your feet dry. The easiest way to eliminate any bacteria is to keep an environment dry. If you don’t need to have your shoes on take them off and let your tootsies stretch out and relax. A good pair of cotton socks that draw sweat away from your skin will also help keep your feet dry and free of smells.
Give your shoes a breather. We all have our favorite pair of shoes, but wearing them every single day won’t help your stinky feet. Try to alternate your footwear throughout the week giving your shoes ample time to dry out. When your shoes dry out the bacteria in them will die off preventing those hungry guys from feeding on your toes.
If you have tried all of these tips and still have stinky feet you may want to visit a podiatrist. A podiatrist specializes in lower leg, foot and ankle care. They will be able to identify and help treat the source of your foot odor. Nobody likes smelly feet, but the solutions to resolve foot odor are pretty simple. Follow these tactics and get out their and flaunt those clean and odorless feet.