Foot odor is annoying and embarrassing regardless of the climate you live in. Since odor is more prevalent during warm weather, your usual foot-washing routine may not be enough to clear up the problematic aroma. Fortunately, the problem can be treated with good hygiene and the proper footwear. By following these few simple suggestions, you can successfully keep your feet cooler, drier and less pungent.
Tips for Keeping Your Feet Clean
To start, get into the habit of exfoliating to remove excess dead skin cells once or twice per week; this will keep your feet from harboring bacteria, which is the generator of odor. Wash your feet with an antibacterial soap, tea-tree-oil based soap, or any mild soap of your choice daily.
Many items you can find around your kitchen will also help to clean and deodorize your feet. Cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar, salt and tea are cheap, easy and effective solutions that you likely already own. Try a few of the following to see which works best for you:
- Two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in warm water
- Two tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in warm water
- Half cup of apple cider vinegar
- Half cup table salt or Epsom salt dissolved in water
- Five bags of tea, brewed (can be soaked using warm or cold tea)
After one of these relaxing soaks, dry your feet thoroughly, paying attention to the area between your toes, as moisture is the main culprit that creates the unpleasant smell. You can also give your feet a quick swipe with the deodorant you use under your arms. Note: apply deodorant to your feet at night before you go to sleep so that it has a chance to absorb into your skin and not create a slippery situation.
Sandals can help keep your feet cool and dry, but if your feet need to be covered, remember that leather and canvas are optimal materials for breathability. If you wear shoes with socks, try cotton or any socks that excel in moisture-wicking properties.
Give your shoes a break between wearings. Instead of wearing the same pair two days in a row, leave them at home with a few sprinkles of cornstarch, baking soda, talcum or medicated (such as antifungal) foot powder until you wear them again. Cedar chips, cedar balls, or dried sage leaves can also help deodorize your shoes.
Footwear etc. carries a variety of foot odor removal products, including sandal cleaners and deodorizers, Odor Away spray, shoe fresheners, and specialized insoles and shoe and foot odor removal products. Customers have found these to greatly aid in abating foot odor.
You don’t have to suffer with foot odor! If the problems persist after you try the aforementioned suggestions, speak with your doctor for further recommendations.