Foot odor, or “bromhidrosis”, is a common problem and can usually be traced to a combination of perspiration (foot sweat) and bacteria. Moist and warm feet, socks, dead skin and footwear provide the perfect place for the bacteria that cause foot odor to breed and multiply. Ideally, it is best to avoid development of foot odor with proper hygiene and healthy habits. Fortunately, if you do have smelly feet, there are some great natural remedies that can help!
Develop proper foot & footwear hygiene
- Wash feet regularly and be sure to exfoliate them with a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells.
- Wear socks made of natural fibers that let your feet breathe. Be sure to change your socks at least once a day and never wear the same pair more than once before washing them.
- Wear footwear made of natural materials like leather. Synthetic materials don’t let your feet breathe, which can create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause odor.
- Alternate your shoes daily. Never wear the same pair two days in a row. Letting your shoes air out in between uses gives them a chance to dry out and prevents bacteria overgrowth. Be sure to “open up” your shoes when you’re not wearing them to maximize air flow into the shoe.
- Choose footwear that is as open as the climate allows. In warmer climates, sandals will be a better option because it will maximize the air flow and let your feet breathe.
Treating stinky feet naturally
- Soak feet every other day in a small bowl of warm water mixed with 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
- Sprinkle baking soda inside your shoes after you are done wearing them for the day. This will help remove odors and absorb moisture to prevent bacteria growth.
- Colloidal silver is a natural anti-bacterial. You can buy it in a spray pump form and spray your feet daily at the end of the day to kill bacteria.
- Dilute tea tree oil with coconut or olive oil and massage feet. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial that will kill the odor causing bacteria.
As with any health issue, prevention is easier than treatment. Treat your feet right and hopefully they won’t get too stinky. If you suspect you may have a medical issue causing the odor, seek support from your foot doctor.
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