No matter the season, our feet are prone to sweating, even more than other parts of our body. But thank to Mother Nature, there are plenty of natural remedies to get rid of both stinky feet and stinky shoes. It well known that the smell is given by bacteria that “fed” with dead skin cells and sweating. But we can prevent that and even treat this stinky situation with products that we all have in our pantry.
1. Soak your feet in water with salt or baking soda!
In a bowl with warm water add 250 grams of Epsom salt and stand there for 20 minutes. Salt will extract feet moisture and will attack the bacteria. Repeat this procedure daily for 2 weeks and your feet won’t sweat so much. It’s a must to use Epsom salt because it neutralizes the smell produced by microbial infections. In addition, Epsom salt bath is soothing for tired feet! Keep in mind to use Epsom salt in the evening before bedtime because you are not allowed to use stocking for several hours.
When it comes to baking soda, we all know that it neutralizes the sweat pH and reduces the number of bacteria. So, add baking soda in warm water (1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water), and after is dissolved, keep your feet in the water for 15-20 minutes, every evening for 1 week. Also, you can add some baking soda in your shoes because it will absorb the odor.
2. Black tea, sage tea or ginger tea!
Black tea contains tannic acid. It kills bacteria that produce that bad smell of your feet. Also, it clogs the pores and reduces the sweat eliminated by the feet, so that the bacteria will remain without “food”. Keep your feet soaked in black tea (3-4 tea bags at 2 or 3 cups of water) for 20 minutes, every day, for at least a week.
Also, sage leaves contain tannic acid. Furthermore, they will leave a pleasant smell over your feet. So, keep your feet soaked in sage tea before going to bed. You can place a few leaves even inside your shoes before using them.
Ginger is another “go away bad odor” option. You have to add the puree from a ginger root in a cup with hot water for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid after 15 minutes and massage your feet with this liquid, before bedtime. Repeat the procedure for 2 weeks.
3. Vinegar foot bath!
You don’t have the above ingredients? No problem! I’m sure you’ve got some vinegar around somewhere. All that you have to do is to soak your feet in a mixture of vinegar and water (1 part vinegar and 2 parts water), and keep your feet for an hour once a week.
Another option is Alum powder: mix 1 teaspoon of Alum powder to 1 mug of warm water then wash your feet with this solution. After your feet have been fully dried, sprinkle some Alum powder over them.
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