By Omorinsola Akingbade
Smelly feet can be embarrassing and getting rid of foot odor is not that simple as just using foot deodorant. Smelly feet can put a big strain on your personal relationships and most people often shy away from telling you. To get rid of foot odor, you need to be prepared to take some measures.
Soak in saltwater: Salt pulls moisture out of your skin, reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive there. Pour warm water, into a tub or large bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this every day for two weeks.
Vinegar: If you want to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria, bathe your feet in vinegar. It has a drying effect so the bacteria does not have anything to feed on. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water in a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week.
Teabags: The acid in the tea closes your pores, reducing the amount you’ll sweat. It also acts as a natural antibiotic, killing the bacteria on your feet. Add two black tea bags to 1 pint of water and boil for 15 minutes. Add 2 quarts of cool water, and then pour the solution into a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this once a day for a week.
Change your socks every day: Always try to wear clean and dry socks. As your feet sweats, your socks absorb the sweat. If you wear the same socks second day, the sweat is going to reheat and produce bad smell. Consider changing your socks once during the day and never put the same socks next day.
Baking Soda: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda for each quart of water. Its application will make your skin alkaline, which prevents bacterial growth.
See a doctor: If after trying above remedies you still have foul foot odor, it can be due to some medical problem. You need to consult your doctor or a podiatrist.