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Stop stinky feet in their tracks

Posted onJuly 20th, 2015

Many Americans suffer from feet that smell bad. The reason for stinky feet is that they sweat and harbor bacteria. They smell especially bad after a long time spent in your shoes and in situations where you sweat more (that’s why your gym shoes are so stinky). Here are some DIY tips to stop that foot odor at the source!


Baby Powder or Baking Soda

Among the easiest solution for smelly shoes and feet is dusting either baby powder or baking soda over them. The chemical makeup makes it so that the bacteria that cause odor cannot survive. Sprinkling some baby powder or baking soda in your shoes and socks overnight can help with the smell. Also, you can sprinkle some on your feet after washing.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Mixing a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with enough water to submerge your feet in can be an effective wash for smelly feet. Make sure to soak your feet in the vinegar-water mix for no less than ten minutes. Afterwards, wash your feet off with soap. Do this regularly to get rid of foot odor.



Yes, believe it or not, soaking your feet in tea can be a great way to eliminate the smell. Black tea works particularly well. Brew two bags of tea with warm water and add to a bucket of water large enough in which to soak your feet. The smell will go away and it will help your feet sweat less!



OTC Remedies

There are innumerable over-the-counter options for getting rid of smelly feet. You can find these at your local pharmacy or corner store. Often times, these will be a little more expensive than the options mentioned above, but they will work well and fast.


Rotate Your Shoes

One of the reasons our feet and shoes smell is that the bacteria inside our shoes grows and multiplies. They thrive in moist dark environments, so make sure to let your shoes dry out fully between uses. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure not to wear the same pair of shoes every day. Even if you just rotate between a few pairs, make sure you are giving each adequate time to dry out.


In addition to any of these tips, make sure to always wash your feet thoroughly with soap and hot water. If foot odor persists, consider seeing your podiatrist. They may offer prescription solutions to your chronic foot odor.


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