Five easy methods to reduce foot odours 19



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It is getting closer to summer, which unfortunately means we’ll all be sweating more. There is one particular body part that is prone to stinky odours: our feet.

Foot odour occurs when the material of our shoes combines with perspiration to create bacteria that leaves a bad secnt. We have a five solutions to help prevent and control the ‘cheesy feet’ smell.

1. Use salt water to kill bacteria

The salt in the water will pull out moisture from your feet and reduce the amount of bacteria that can survive there. Simply place 1/2 to 1 cup of salt into a large bowl of lukewarm water. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes. You can do this as often as you like.

2. Use tea to reduce pores

Another option to reduce the moisture is using tea bags to soak your feet. The acid in the tea leaves will help close your pores and acts as a natural antibiotic that will kill the bacteria on your feet. Boil two black tea bags to 500 ml of water. Pour the boiled tea and 1 litre of cold water to a large bowl. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes.

3. Use baby powder to absorb moisture

This option of powder can be added directly to your shoes. The powder will absorb into your feet and soak up the moisture, and adding powder to your shoes is easy to do every day before you leave the house.

4. Use lavender oil to reduce odour

Lavender oil has anti-fungal properties that are effective to kill bacteria and help make your feet smell good. Simply put a few drops of lavender oil in a large bowl of lukewarm water. Let your feet soak for 20 minutes.

5. Use sugar scrub to remove dead skin

In a bowl mix sugar, water and spirit alcohol until you have a thick sand consistency. Before scrubbing your feet with the mixture, soak them in lukewarm water. Then you can roughly apply the scrub to your feet. The sugar will remove the dead skin cells and the alcohol with kill the bacteria.


Do you have any other methods to reduce sweaty and smelly feet?

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  1. Giving your feet a really good scrub with warm water and a good soap to remove all of the dead skin. Rinse your feet off and then dry your feet properly. Dust your feet and shoes with a well recommended foot powder. Our feet get hot and sweaty and that exacerbates the problem with odour but with sensible washing and drying can help to reduce foot odour.

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    • Daughter, Look, to fill in another space in this day when another poor old sod has smelly feet, if it is my calling to ease a situation re some other poor old sod who has smelly feet, I feel that it is my earthly duty to ease the suffereing of that other poor significant old sod so I thought I would shove my twopenneth worth their way. By the way do you want me to send you a hint for getting rid of a nasty smell from your hands e.g. that fishy smell when you have finished gutting and filleting your fish. I will anyway. Wash your hands under the cold tap. As you wash them under the tap take a stainless steel spoon and use that spoon as you would a soap. Bingo it works. A very lovely young woman passed that tip on to me many years ago. Love you heaps, Papa.

  2. In the summer months I use a moisturiser on my feet and heels every day as they tend to become very dry. This was recommended by the podiatrist

  3. I don’t have smelly feet but Oh My Goodness! Two of my sons do! Wiping them over with Vodka or Vinegar works well and spraying inside shoes.

  4. The best thing I found to use that works on smelly feet is HAND SANITIZER rubbed on before putting on your shoes. I have been using this for quite a while and know that when I get home and remove my shoes, I won’t get that awful “pong”.

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