Foot odor can be so serious that you start getting isolated wherever you go. The problem is more common with men than women and in most cases, men tend to ignore it, leading to secondary symptoms like fungal toe nail infections, athlete’s foot and other bacterial infections caused due to sweat.
Foot odor is basically caused due to sweat build up inside the shoes. Tight and covered shoes will block moisture inside which can lead to bacterial overgrowth inside the shoes. This embarrassing problem can be very well treated at home with some natural solutions. Let’s check out how.
Remedies For Foot Odor
Tea Bag Remedy
Tea contains tannin which helps in removing bacteria from the feet that cause odor. Take a bucket full of hot water and add 10-15 tea bags into it. Allow the tea bags to steep for some time. Now soak your feet inside for 30 minutes. The action of tannin on your feet will remove all the bacteria that could be lodged in between your fingers. The pores on your feet too will be dried with the action of tannin. Doing this for a week every day will help in leaving your feet dry and bacteria free.
Vinegar is a natural antibacterial agent and can also help in destroying the bacteria due to its acidic action. Fill half a bucket with warm water and add one cup of vinegar to it. Soak your feet inside for 20-30 minutes. Once this is done allow your feet to air dry completely as moisture can again aggravate the condition. This can be repeated 3-4 times a week to keep your feet odor free.
Baking soda helps in drying the sweat and removing the bacteria as well as it is antibacterial in nature. Take some baking soda and sprinkle it into your shoes. Tap the shoes lightly on the floor so that the powder reaches all the inner corners of your shoes where there are more chances of bacterial action. This has to be left overnight before you wear the shoes. Tap the baking soda powder out before you wear the shoes. Repeat as often as needed.
Wash Your Shoes
Certain shoes come with label instructions where it can be washed in the washing machine. In such cases, you can wash the shoes every one or two weeks and dry it thoroughly under the sun. This will prevent build up of bacteria and sweat that can lead to foot odor. You may also remove the insole and wash it separately in anti bacterial soap and air dry before inserting it.
Shoe disinfectants are used for destroying bacterial action inside the shoes. Spay the disinfectant thoroughly, covering the corners and interiors of the shoes. This will help in removing the odor and bacterial growth inside the shoes.
Allow the spray to dry for at least one hour before you insert the washed insoles. You may spray one more coat of disinfectant on the insoles and wait for another hour before you can use them.