A lot of us are often left embarrassed by stinking socks, rather the feet. It actually makes a mess of one's personality and causes a great deal of anxiety while leading a social life.
Those who have sweaty feet face this problem more for the mixing of certain bacteria with sweaty feet, which creates a bad odour. Here we have listed 14 such effective home remedies that you could try to get rid of stinking feet. Keep reading.
Wearing tight socks and shoes that allow little ventilation for your feet besides poor hygiene worsen the problem more. Stress and drugs can also be other reasons for stinky feet.
But, do not worry. These homemade remedies for stinking feet will truly help solve the issue sans side effects.
Check this list of 14 such home-based remedies that can give you clean and hence odourless feet:
Use any talcum powder on your feet that often turns stinky feet into nice-smelling feet. It will remove the smell.
Rub some baking soda on your feet. This will prevent the bacteria from causing bad odour in your feet. You can also put some baking soda in your shoes and socks, so that the smell doesn't spread.
Add a few drops of lavender oil in lukewarm water and put your feet into the mixture. Rubbing a few drops of lavender oil to your feet also helps. The oil kills the bacteria. And this DIY foot soak effectively fights bad odour leading to nice-smelling feet.
Pour some lukewarm water in a bucket and add a few green teabags in it. Dip your feet into this DIY foot soak and relax. The green tea will neutralise the bacteria and make your feet fresh.
Vinegar-Isopropyl Alcohol Mixture:
Mix half a cup of both and apply it on your feet. The bacteria will be neutralized but your skins will not be affected.
Put some baby powder inside your shoes before wearing them. It will help your feet remain dry and there will be no smell as well.
Soak your feet in a mixture of water and kosher salt and let them get dry naturally.
The zinc in apple does a great job in eliminating your foot odour. You could mash some apple into a soft pulp and later apply it and leave it till it dries, to treat the issue of stinking feet.
Use Borax powder:
Borax powder kills bacteria. Put some borax powder inside your shoe and let it settle inside. It will prevent your feet from sweating.
Put some cloves into your footwear. They will make your feet smell nice and also keep them fresh.
Though they are meant for consumption, you can also use it externally to prevent your feet from turning stinky. Soak oats into warm water and rub them on your feet and wash thereafter. Use a moisturiser on your legs after they become dry.
Yes, mouthwash. Just like it kills germs that cause bad breath. It can also help the feet to get rid of the bad odour. Add a few drops of the mouthwash and dip your feet into this DIY foot soak. It will kill the bacteria and save you from the embarrassment at a friend's place.
Pour some vegetable oil in your palms and rub it on your feet. Wear socks thereafter. This Ayurvedic remedy will surely help fight foot odour.
An all-time friend, petroleum jelly can also be used to drive away awkward feet smell. Soak your feet in warm water, clean them with pumice stone, dry fully and apply petroleum jelly. Leave it overnight. It will prevent the growth of bacteria.