7 Simple DIY Remedies To Cure Smelly Feet

By: Somya Ojha

Summer has arrived in all its glory and has brought a bunch of skin problems with it, especially sweating.

Sweat is an odourless fluid that is secreted by the sweat glands. Yep, you read that right! But, when it comes in contact with the bacteria covering the surface of our skin, an unbearable odour is produced.

And you'd be surprised to know that the body part in which the highest number of sweat glands are concentrated is your feet.

Also Read: Avoid Smelly Feet This Summer

Yes, our feet could also be a breeding zone for the bacteria to survive on, resulting in this commonly found issue that annoys most of them.

Sweat teamed with the bacteria can cause the awful smell, otherwise known as Bromhidrosis in medical terms.

If you get embarrassed to take off your shoes anywhere you want to and if you feel conscious around people because of that smelly feet, then we've got just the list for you.

A list of 5 of the simplest yet effective ways to keep those feet from stinking. Have a look at the various remedies you could use to cure the most annoying issue - Smelly feet!

1. Baking Soda And Lemon:

It goes without saying that baking soda is a true miracle worker. And teamed with a natural astringent, such as lemon, it can do wonders in treating that awful foot odour. The process is rather simple. Just add 1/4th cup of baking soda in 8-10 cups of tepid water. Squeeze a fresh lemon in it. Then soak your feet in it for about 15-20 minutes. Do this 3-4 times in a week to get rid of that reek!

2. Soak In Vinegar:

Vinegar is known for its acidic nature and is crucial for killing the bacteria, responsible for the foot odour. All you need is 1/2 a cup of vinegar mixed with eight cups of hot water. Soak your feet in it for about 20-25 minutes. To get rid of that acidic smell of the vinegar, you can wash it with soap. But just in case, the smell of vinegar irks you, you could make use of apple cider vinegar.

3. Lavender Oil:

Lavender essential oil is known for its fragrance and its healing abilities. Just add a few drops of lavender oil in tepid water, soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes. If you do this daily, you will bid adieu to foot odour, forever.

4. Alum Powder:

Easily found in the spice section of any grocery store, alum powder is used for treating many skin problems. Just make a solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of alum powder in 1 cup of lukewarm water. Pour this solution on your feet and let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Do this every day for better results.

5. Isopropyl Alcohol And Sugar Scrub:

This is one of the most popular home remedies of all time. You will need to mix 1 part isopropyl alcohol, 8-9 parts of sugar and 5 parts of water. Apply this mixture on your feet and then scrub gently for 10-15 minutes. Scrub your feet, three times in a week, for noticeable results.

6. Kosher Salt And Water Soak:

The benefits of exfoliating are universally known. And one of the easiest ways of exfoliating your feet is by soaking them in Kosher salt water. Add 1 cup of salt in 10-12 cups of water. Soak your feet in it for 20-25 minutes. Exfoliate your feet daily by soaking in this mixture and your feet will stop stinking for a long time.

7. Oatmeal Scrub:

Oatmeal acts as a powerful exfoliating agent in getting rid of the foot odour. Add two teaspoons of oatmeal to a cup of warm water. Rub it gently on your feet and massage for 15-20 minutes in a circular motion. Repeat this treatment 3-4 times in a week for soft and odourless feet.

And remember people, the key is consistency. For any of these remedies to work, you have to be consistent with the treatment that you're following. Also, maintaining a good hygiene is crucial in getting rid of the foot odour. So, try these remedies and say goodbye to smelly feet.

Read more about: feet, body care, smell, home remedies, natural, diy
Story first published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 11:27 [IST]
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