To get rid of stinky feet, soak them in a saltwater solution every day for two weeks, wear cotton socks daily and apply anti-odor solutions to your shoes. For this process, you need a bowl large enough for your feet, salt, water, cotton socks and an anti-odor solution. It can take up to two weeks for odors to resolve.Continue Reading
To prepare your saltwater solution, add 1 cup of salt to a large tub or bowl of warm water. The saltwater draws moisture away from your feet, which prevents odor-causing bacteria from thriving.
Soak your feet in the saltwater solution for 20 minutes. You need to do this daily for two weeks.
To help your shoes stay odor free, add an anti-odor solution to them. Try spraying Lysol onto a sock, placing it in your shoe and leaving it overnight.
Wear cotton socks each day to help your feet breathe. When your feet can breathe, they are less likely to sweat, which in turn reduces odors.
Continue wearing cotton socks after the period of bathing your feet in saltwater ends. If you notice smells starting to develop again, repeat this process.
Sweat can be the cause of smelly feet, but sweat alone is not usually the cause of odor. The interactions of the bacteria Staphylococcus epidermidis, Bacillus subtilis and Brevibacterium linens on the foot are the main reasons behind bad-smelling feet. The foot can smell from the interactions of one of the bacteria or all three.Full Answer >
Some simple ways to eliminate foot odor include soaking feet in a salt-water bath, adding vinegar to the bath to eliminate bacteria, and spraying shoes with Lysol disinfectant spray, according to Men's Health. Other treatments include sprinkling corn starch into shoes instead of over-priced deodorizing powders.Full Answer >
A Listerine foot soak involves soaking the feet in a mixture of water and original Listerine antiseptic mouthwash. Once or twice a week, mix one part Listerine with two parts warm water in a small basin and submerge the feet for 15 to 20 minutes.Full Answer >
To soak your feet in warm water, fill a tub with warm water, add 1 to 2 tablespoons Epsom salt to the water, and place the tub on the floor. Soak your feet for at least five minutes.Full Answer >