How to Cure Smelly Feet

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How to Cure Smelly Feet

Smelly feet or foot odor can be really embarrassing when we find ourselves having to remove our shoes in the presence of other people. It can also be one of the worst stinks in the world. Learn how to get rid of your embarrassing smelly feet once and for all and parade them around anywhere proudly. Here’s how.

Cure Sweaty Feet

Smelly feet typically come from sweaty feet. There’s no shame in having sweaty feet, as everyone sweats and runs into this problem from time to time. However, when sweat builds up in the enclosure of your shoe, that’s when things start getting nasty.

To cure sweaty feet, the best way is to use foot powder before donning on shoes and socks. Foot powder is available in most drugstores. You can re-apply the powder during the day to ensure foot dryness. Baking soda is also a strong alternative to foot powder.

Specially-made socks that will help lessen your feet’s sweating tendencies. You can also opt for absorbent socks made from cotton or socks that “breathe” to help prevent sweat buildup.

Get Rid of Foot Fungi

An offshoot of sweaty feet is foot fungi, which is a little more complicated to get rid of. Fungi love their damp, dark and enclosed spaces, and your feet enclosed in your shoes are a prime place for them to live in. Even if you find ways to remedy sweaty feet, foot fungi might persist a little more longer.

There are many ways for you to get rid of foot fungi. Here are some ways you may want to try out:

Apple Cider Vinegar

foot spaMix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with a part of warm water. Soak your feet in the solution for 30 minutes on a regular basis.


Mix 1/3 cup alum with two gallons of water and soak your feet in the solution for 30 minutes. Do this regularly for about a month to get rid of smelly feet. Pat your feet dry afterward.

Black Tea Bags

Black tea contains tannins, a natural astringent that helps clean and sterilize your skin. To make a foot bath for your smelly feet, put five black tea bags to soak in a quart of water. Soak for thirty minutes and pat your feet dry afterward. Continue regularly until for around a month.

Kosher Salt

Mix 1/2 cup of kosher salt to a quart of water. Soak your feet in the solution for 30 minutes, and pat dry. Do not rinse, and do this regularly for a month or two.

Foot Fungi Medication

For more serious and persistent cases of foot fungi, it’s best to see a podiatrist. Over the counter fungi soap and scrubs are readily available to anyone, just make sure you follow instructions and dry your feet thoroughly after use.


Eating yogurt and taking the recommended daily dosage of zinc helps fight fungal infection from within your body. Yogurt helps prevent fungal infections and zinc makes your skin more resistant to fungi and reduces odor.

Good Personal Hygiene

Having a good personal hygiene also helps with keeping fungal infection at bay. You can contract foot fungi from other people or infected sites. To prevent these from happening, you must observe the following hygienic practices:

  • Using your own bathroom slippers, especially in public areas like gyms and bathrooms.
  • Not sharing your bathroom slippers and other footwear with anyone else.
  • Not reusing your socks after having worn them already.
  • Scrubbing your feet with your own personal foot scrub.
  • Drying your feet thoroughly with a washcloth reserved only for your feet, and not shared with anyone else.
  • Not sharing foot products like soap and medication with anyone else.

Airing Your Shoes

Your shoes are also a prime spot for foot fungi to grow and breed. To prevent this from happening, you must make sure that your shoes are properly air-dried. Leave them in open spaces in the house for a few hours or overnight before putting them back in their shoebox. Applying baking soda inside the shoes also helps the shoes to dry out.