Free Foot Odor Remedies
Foot odor affects people of all ages and walks of life. No matter whether you are young, old, or somewhere in the middle, foot odor is a very embarrassing problem to have to deal with. But the poor unlucky people who are cursed with foot odor are often stuck between deciding whether to cure their foot odor or to keep from going broke!
I know a few people with stinky feet (don't we all!), and this hub is dedicated to them. You see, I understand that it is difficult to live with a condition that makes others want to avoid you. I also understand that if you have a socially debilitating condition, you want to cure it as quickly as possible. So please understand, I feel for you and I want you not to have to suffer through the pain of social embarrassment any longer.
Before I talk about the cures of foot odor, I would like to talk about some of the major causes of foot odor, in order to give insight to this problem that affects millions of people every day.
What causes foot odor?
Foot odor can be caused by many different things, but the most basic cause of foot odor is bacteria that build up within the pores and sweat glands of the feet. Believe it or not, even though you and I probably think that foot sweat is gross, to bacteria it is a free meal. And everyone likes free meals. They will thrive in a wet, dark environment like the inside of a shoe, and they will multiply very quickly when given the chance to do so. I will discuss this concept in depth next because understanding the kind of environment that bacteria like will go a long way towards defeeting (get it?) them.
What can be done about foot odor?
Remember how I said that bacteria like to live in dark, wet places? The first step to curing foot odor is to change the kind of environment that the bacteria live in, so they don't want to live in that environment anymore. Out of the two variables (dark and wet), we can only change one easily (unless you want to put lightbulbs inside your shoes!). So how can we keep our feet dry? The first step is to wear cotton socks with your shoes. This helps to absorb some of the sweat that your foot gives off, and therefore keeps your feet from soaking in their own sweat all day. This alone will go a very long way in helping to prevent foot odor.
Another way to help cure foot odor for free is to thoroughly wash your feet every day with anti-bacterial soap. This will kill any remaining bacteria on your feet, making it much harder for your feet to smell in the same way that they did before.
The next way to cure foot odor is not completely free, but I find that it does go a long way in helping to eliminate foot odor. This remedy for foot odor is to simply buy new shoes. I know that after a few months of having the same shoes, my shoes will start to smell pretty bad. Whenever this happens, I wash them. If they still smell after washing, or start to smell again very quickly after I wash them, then I will just throw them out, and go buy some new shoes. Nobody wants to spend money. I understand that. If you are content to use the other free methods listed on this page, then I totally understand that. But sometimes spending a little money on something can go a long, long way in terms of benefits.
If you want, you can keep your old pair of shoes, and simply alternate between your new pair of shoes, and your old pair of shoes. I find that this gives your old shoes time to air out, which helps to make them last longer, and you save money in the long run by making both your old pair of shoes and your new pair of shoes last much longer than they would have lasted had you simply thrown out the old pair of shoes.
Inexensive Foot Odor Cures
Now that I have shown you some totally free foot odor remedies, I would like to show you about some other remedies that, while cheap, are not totally free. I can promise that all of these remedies that are listed to the right will help in reducing foot odor, and if you are willing to spend a few bucks on curing foot odor, then I would definitely recommend all of these products.