Stinky feet are the most common problem that many people face.It causes a lot of embarrassment and discomfort.People with excessive sweaty feet are the main sufferers of bad foot odour.Sweating creates a favorable environment for bacterial growth that causes foot odour.If you are feeling annoyed and want to get rid of stinky feet then follow these homemade remedies and tips.
Here are the 7 home remedies to get rid of stinky feet.
1.Exfoliate your feet with homemade scrub
Scrub your feet to remove dry, dead skin cells and bacteria that are build up on the bottom of your feet.Prepare a homemade foot scrub.Mix equal parts of salt and clove powder.Apply a handful of this scrub to your wet feet, gently scrub the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes using a foot brush or pumice stone.Wash your feet with warm water and pat dry.Clove contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that keeps bad foot odour at bay.
2.Massage your feet with neem leaves
Grind a handful of fresh neem leaves to a fine paste.Take a small amount of this paste on your palms and gently massage to your feet for 5 minutes.Wash your feet with warm water and then dry using a clean towel.Remember to clean between the toes.Neem leaves gently cleanses and inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes odour.
3.Make your own herbal foot soak
Take a large bowl and fill with warm water, add 1 cup of fresh tulsi, slices of lemon, mint leaves and few rose petals.Soak your feet in this herbal water for 15 minutes.After you have done with your soaking, properly dry your wet feet using a clean towel.Tulsi is known for its miraculous properties, it helps kill germs and removes bad smell.Mint, lemon and rose petals refreshes and deodorizes your feet.
4.Give your feet an antifungal foot bath with turmeric and vinegar solution
Mix 1/4th cup of turmeric and 1/2 cup of vinegar to a large bowl fill with warm water.Rinse your feet with this solution 3 to 4 times and pat dry with a soft, clean towel.Turmeric contains powerful medicinal properties that prevents fungal problems that is caused due to excessive sweating.Vinegar is a disinfectant that kills bacteria that causes stinky feet.Bath your feet with this solution twice a day, once in the morning and before going to bed to keep your feet clean, soft and odourless.
5.Clean your feet with a mixture of baking soda and lime
Blend 2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice to 1/2 cup of warm water.Dip a cotton ball into this mixture and wipe your feet, toenails and between the toes.It removes dead skin cells, excess oil, refreshes and kills odour causing bacteria.
6.Wrap your feet with a damp steaming towel
Add 2 drops of Dettol antiseptic disinfectant liquid to a large bowl filled with hot water.Dip a soft towel into this water and wrap around the feet and let sit for 5 mins.Repeat this for 2 times per day.It relives tired achy feet.Dettol contains chloroxylenol that cleanses and provides protection against bacteria and germs that causes stinky feet.
7.Expose your feet to direct sunlight
Expose your feet to the sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes when possible.Do not expose for too long as it can cause skin cancer.Choose the morning sun hours 7 to 9.Sunlight reduces perspiration, kills bacteria and germs on your feet that causes odour.
Tips to get rid of foot odour
1.Avoid wearing polyester or nylon socks as they increase the amount of sweating and don’t let your feet to breathe thus causing smelly feet.Prefer cotton and wool socks as they cause less perspiration.
2.Wear clean and dry socks everyday to prevent fungal growth that causes foot odour.
3.Trim your toenails once every 2 weeks and regularly clean your nails using a nail brush.
4.Remove your shoes very often to keep your feet dry and to let it breathe.
5.Dust your feet and between the toes with an antibacterial powder.
6.Drink lots of water and eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.