Home Remedies For Foot Odor

The easiest way to treat smelly feet is with home remedies for foot odor. It is less costly too. Sweat and bacteria are largely responsible for foot odor.

The feet and hands are composed of more sweat glands than other parts of the body. They have about 3000 sweat glands.

Moisture does not easily escape from the feet through shoe and socks.This makes it easy for bacteria to thrive in the warm, dark and moist place. The bad foot odor occurs when the bacteria consumes and digest the sweat. When the sweat and bacteria are cut back from the feet and shoes, the foot odor can be reduced.


Plain home remedies for foot odor

Natural foot powder remedy

Do you want to make your own foot powder? Here is a remedy for one.

  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of baking soda
  • 15 drops of cypress essential oil
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops of orange or lemon oil

Mix the cornstarch and baking soda together. Mix the cypress oil and lavender oils together separately. Shake the bottle and add drop by drop to cornstarch and baking soda. Add the 15 orange or lemon oil drops to the content for more fragrance. Apply the home remedies for foot odor to your clean feet.

Oatmeal or bran

Place some oatmeal or bran in your socks to prevent unpleasant smell. Or you may sprinkle your socks with equal parts of powder from fuller’s earth, powdered zinc and powdered starch.

Rubbing alcohol and alum

Do you want to know how to stop smelly feet from bothering you?  Mix together the following ingredients and use it for treatment.

  • 1¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of alum from (health food stores or stores like Walmart)
  • 1 cup of water

Mix together the rubbing alcohol and alum in the cup of water. Pour in a spray bottle and spray you feet with it. Allow it to dry and you are good to go with clean socks and shoe.

Strawberries and olive oil

Use this treatment to get rid of foot odor.  Try this simple method and your feet can be refreshed.

  • 8 strawberries (mashed them)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea or kosher salt

Mix all the ingredients together to make a paste. At the end of the day, massage your feet with the paste thoroughly. Rinse out the paste and dry the feet with towel. It should smell good for the next day’s assignment.

Vinegar and grapefruit remedy

Pour ¼ cup of vinegar into a reasonable bowl of warm water for the feet. Add a few drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract to it. Soak your feet in the solution for about 20 minutes once a day for 1-2 weeks until the bacteria dies. When the bacteria dies you won’t smell the feet any more. Do not use this remedy on open sores.

Witch hazel and peppermint

Combine the following home remedies for foot odor.

  • 1 cup of with witch hazel
  • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 40 drops of geranium essential oil

Pour it in a spray bottle and spray your feet before going to work in the morning. Allow feet to dry before wearing socks and shoe. Spray again after work and before going to bed. The astringent in witch hazel helps to dry out skin that is moist. The peppermint and geranium help to kill the bacteria.

Diet and supplement

Pungent foods such as garlic, and onion or spices such as curry and cumin exude odor through the sweat glands of the foot’s sole. The best home remedies for foot odor regarding this is to take chlorophyll tablets with each meal or take magnesium and zinc tablets to supplement the effect of pungent foods. Use recommended dosage on container.

Bacteria in the feet also enjoys feasting on animal fat in pork, beef, lamb any red meat. Your easiest remedy here is to go vegetarian for a short period and see the outcome.

Homeopathic remedy

Silica:  This is for feet that is sweaty, smelly, icy cold, and yellow looking.
Graphite: This is for feet that smell with sweat or no sweat. You must only use homeopathic treatment with your medical attendant's approval.


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Vitamin that works

If you are tired of washing your feet and socks too often or drying your shoe daily then consider using multiple vitamin and vitamin B with your meals 2 times in a day in the morning and evening. A nutritionist recommended this to an athlete bothered with smelly feet and a consistent use of the vitamins stopped the odor. Just make sure you buy the pure vitamins.

General home remedies for foot odor

  • Wear leather and canvas shoes that permit air.
  • Change your shoes and socks daily.
  • Wear cotton socks with your closed shoes to draw away moister from feet.
  • Clean your feet before bed time. Wash it to remove toxins that are excreted through the feet. If you let it stay on, it can be reabsorbed at night causing more infection and foul odor.

Foot soaking remedies

You can soak your feet in warm water with any of these home remedies for sweaty feet mentioned below added to it for cleaning dead skin cells, sweat, and making the foot smell better.

  • Epson salt – It absorbs odors and makes rough spots smooth.
  • Baking soda – It is great for neutralizing acids on the skin, removing oil and perspiration, and absorbing odors.
  • Vinegar – The acetic acid in vinegar works as antibacterial compound on the foot. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water works good.
  • Thyme oil – Helps to reduce foot odor ( add 3 drops of the essential oil to warm water)
  • Ammonia – Add a tablespoon of ammonia to 2 quarts of water for foot bath to remove odor.

All these home remedies for foot odor can be of tremendous help to you. Explore them and enjoy the most favorable ones to you.


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