Foot odor is embarrassing for everyone and if you suffer from foot odor people start making wrong assumptions about your hygiene practices. Foot odor, medically known as Bromhidrosis, is caused when sweat from your feet mixes with bacteria to cause foul smell. Some common causes of foot odor are fungal infections, alcohol, hormonal changes, aging, lack of proper ventilation for your feet, underlying diseases and certain medications. Thankfully there are plenty of home remedies that can get you rid of foot odor.
Here Are Some Of Them
Bacteria break down sweat produced by your feet and thus produce the foul smell. Application of baking soda results in an alkaline environment in your feet which in turn kills bacteria, neutralize skin pH and remove bacteria. You can easily prepare a baking soda soak by pouring 1/4 cup of it into a bowl of warm water. You can also pour some lemon juice which would control excessive sweating from feet and leave pleasant smell. Put your feet into this soak and let it remain there for 20 minutes. After this process, pat dry your feet with clean towel.
Tannic acid in black tea makes an unfriendly environment for foot odor causing bacteria. Its natural astringent properties reduce perspiration by contracting body tissues and sweat glands. Take a foot basin filled with warm water and dip 4 black tea bags in it. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes and then soak your feet into the water for 20 minutes. Remove and pat dry. Repeat daily for relief from foot odor.
The active agent in epsom salt is sulfate that aids in pulling out harmful toxins along with fungi, dead cells and bacteria from the feet and keeping them fresh. Epsom salt soak for feet is not only good for the odor but also for aching feet. You can pour 1/2 cup of epsom salt into a tub of warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure daily.
Tea Tree Oil
It treats foot odor caused by Athlete’s foot and similar fungal infections. Pour warm water into a foot basin and soak your feet in the water for 15 minutes. Wash your feet with a mild soap in the same water and then pat dry. Mix 6 drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of almond oil or coconut oil (which would act as carrier oil) and massage your feet with this oil mixture thoroughly including in between toes.
It promotes healthy sweating that gets the body rid of toxins and germs. Ginger activates dermicidin – a protein produced by sweat glands – so as to protect your feet against bacteria, fungi and other infection causing microorganisms. Slice a ginger piece and crush it to make a fine pulp, tie the pulp in a handkerchief and soak it in hot water for 10 minutes. Use this water to massage your feet regularly, preferably at bedtime as it will also promote better sleep and relaxation apart from removing foot odor.
Vinegar makes it impossible for the bacteria to thrive by creating an acidic environment. However, you might want to add some essential oil with vinegar as it would leave its smell on feet. Add half a cup of vinegar into 9 cups of warm water and pour 5 drops of thyme essential oil for its scent. Soak your feet in this mixture regularly.
It has amazing antibacterial properties that kills the bacteria that thrive on sweat released from feet. It is safe to be applied on feet with cracked heels and injuries. Add 6 drops of lavender essential oil into a warm water filled bowl and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure regularly.
This would naturally get rid of dead skin cells from feet that cause foot odor. To prepare a sugar scrub, add 10 teaspoons of sugar to 5 teaspoons of water and mix in one teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol. Stir the mixture and apply it on your feet when it turns thick. Gently scrub your feet with it for 15 minutes and wash off. Repeat this procedure daily.
It not only has astringent properties to shrink sweat glands for lesser perspiration but also has antibacterial properties to kill bacterial growth. Take a pan filled with warm water and add 10 sage leaves or one teaspoon of sage powder to it. Steep the sage leaves in the water for 15 minutes and then soak your feet in it for 25 minutes. Pat dry your feet and repeat regularly.