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How To Treat And Cure Smelly Feet Fast - And For Good

Updated on July 1, 2013

Phwoar...Put Your Shoes Back On !!

by David Castillo Dominici
by David Castillo Dominici

Bromodosis - Smelly Feet

There are few bad odours to rival that of smelly feet. And if you are the sufferer this can lead to embarrassment and lack of self confidence.

There are many causes that can contribute to suddenly developing " Bromodosis" but because the feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, and so many factors can contribute to the cause of this problem,there´s little wonder so many people suffer this embarrassing condition.

Poor hygiene, wearing some synthetic materials either in the shoes or socks, hormonal changes, certain medications, and stress can all trigger your feet to sweat more and Bromodosis to develop.

Have no fear though as this condition is easily and effectively cured FAST and FOR GOOD .

Please Note .Smelly feet can sometimes indicate serious health issues such as hyperthyroidism, hypoglycaemia, gout and other problems. They can also be indications of changes in hormone levels due to the menopause , or you could be suffering from hyperhidrosis ( excessive and sudden sweating) If you are worried your sweaty feet may be an indication of a more serious illness please do not hesitate to go and see your GP as soon as possible.

Always Dry Your Feet Properly - Specially Between Those Twinkle Toes

Resting Over The Sea" by Michal Mar
Resting Over The Sea" by Michal Mar

What To Try First

It´s important that good hygiene is practised. This means giving your feet a really good wash at least once every day with a good antibacterial soap, and then drying them properly, making sure you dry in between the toes, before dusting or spraying with a antiperspirant anti bacterial preparation. Make sure to put on clean socks if you wish to wear them afterwards.

Keep hard skin from forming as this becomes spongy when your feet are damp or sweating, and makes an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria and fungi that can cause athletes foot, and also foot odour.

Always wear wool or synthetic socks that are specially designed to soak up and lock in any perspiration as these are better at keeping your feet dry and fresh.

If you have to wear closed shoes,try not to wear the same pair every day. If you do have to, then make sure they have a chance to dry out overnight. Stuffing them with newspaper can help this, or just leave them out somewhere where the air can dry them. I also like to put liners in my shoes for added comfort and to help keep them fresh. Liners containing charcoal will help to absorb any moisture and neutralise odour.

Natural fabric and leather shoes will help your feet to breath more easily, thereby helping to limit how much they may sweat.

Wear open shoes or sandals whenever you can, again even these are better if they are made from natural materials.

Always make sure to dry your feet properly, this applies equally after taking a paddle in the sea on your summer holidays or after swimming. Even in the heat your feet will remain soggy between the toes unless they are dried properly and this can lead to athletes foot.

Feet Still Pongy ? Then Try This Remedy To Treat And Cure Smelly Feet Fast And For Good

If all the suggestions above have been tried and your feet remain smelly then the next step is simple and effective and should cure not only the problem of bad odour, but also clear up Athletes foot and fungal toenail infection too.

All you need to do is buy some Potassium Permanganate. You may be able to buy or order this from your local chemist. If not it can be bought on-line.

Mix the crystals or powder with warm water in a suitable bowl, and soak your feet in this solution for 15 minutes per day for 2 weeks. This should get rid of the Bromodosis for good. ( dilution rates should be explained on the packaging, but if not you will need about 10 small crystals to a bowl of warm water or a teaspoonful of powder)

If you are treating Athletes foot. 2 weeks worth of this treatment should also be enough. But if you have a fungal nail infection you may need to continue longer as this is very hard to eradicate.

For fungal nail infections I would recommend gently filing the top of the infected nail or nails with a disposable file ( you must throw this away after each use, and do not use it on other uninfected nails as you will spread the fungus) before dipping your feet into the bowl of Potassium mix. This will help the solution to penetrate into the layers below. Then soak your feet for 15 minutes per day for the first 2 weeks. And then for 15 minutes per day, twice per week after that until the infection has completely gone. This may take quite some time as fungal nail infections are so difficult to get rid of.

Always use your own towel ( not a shared one) and make sure it´s an old one as the Potassium Permanganate will stain it as well as your feet. But this is a small price to pay for odour free pinkies.

Potassium Permanganate can also be used to toughen up your feet if you are planning a long hike and are prone to blisters.

If for some reason this doesn´t work for you, or you have other concerns, it may be because there is something else going on with your health, in which case it would be advisable to make an appointment to see your GP.


Please note that I am not a Doctor or a Podiatrist or in anyway connected with these specialist fields. However my husband used Potassium Permanganate to cure his foot odour problem and it worked like a charm and he never had it again. So I hope this method helps to treat and cure your smelly feet fast and for good.

Your comments are always appreciated, so if you have enjoyed this hub please feel free to leave some. Thank you :)


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    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi crisp. It seems from my comments that almost everyone knows someone with smelly feet LOL. Thanks so much for your comment and the share, very much appreciated :)

    • CrisSp profile image


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      No, not me. Lol! But, thanks for the tip....I know someone who could definitely benefit from this article. So, I'm sharing it....

      Thank you.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Eddy.

      I hope you are having some better weather in Wales now after the gales and high sea´s. Poor old Llandudno got a real battering I saw on the news. Do give the potassium a go as it really does work and the effects are long term.

      Keep well Eddy and thanks for taking the time to read and comment , very much appreciated :)

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for this great hub; it will help a certain person I know immensely.

      Voted up and shared.


    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Capricoorn. Nice to get some positive feedback on this subject. It´s amazing that a one time solution to this problem really works .

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      5 years ago

      Hi just wanted to confirm the last point, I had very stinky feet and used Potassium Permanganate about 30 years ago. The smell went within the 2 weeks and has never come back.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Wiccan.

      Oh dear I am well aware of the sweaty sneakers problem, thing is sneakers for youngsters have to be the right sneakers and usually cost so much that you need a second mortgage in order to afford a second pair LOL, therefore they get worn to death and never really have the chance to dry out, plus the materials they are made from are exactly what´s needed to make your feet sweat in the first place. Good luck with your sons stinky feet and if all else fails do try the potassium solution, it really does work.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 years ago

      Ugh, my 14 yr old is getting so huge (he's almost 6') and going through puberty and he's starting to have such big problems with sweaty feet/sneakers. I'm going to try some of these, great hub. Thanks!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Flourish.

      Thank you for such a great comment and all the votes and shares etc.

      Poor you working amongst all those pongy feet, phwoar.

      I once worked in a supermarket and one of the girls had terrible body odour, it was embarrassing when you were working the cash register next to hers because you could see people wrinkling their noses and unsure where the pong was coming from, it was a shame but eventually someone in the management had to have a quiet word with her, must have been embarrassing for both parties but it got to the stage where something had to be done.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Great hub with terrific practical information. When I worked in corporate America in a cubicle, I was always amazed at how many of my cubicle neighbors would take their shoes off thinking no one could smell their feet. Yuck. Reeks like apple cider vinegar. Thanks for providing practical tips. It is so important not to wear the same shoes every day. Let them air out! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Laura or should I call you Imelda seeing as you have an impressive shoe collection :) Do try the potassium before your next hiking expedition, if it works for soldiers it should do the trick for you, and I hope you can manage the whole hike with blister free feet.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a great comment. Have a great day.

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      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minnesota, USA

      Great article and delightful video--love her shirt! Seriously, though, I've followed most of this advice as-needed at different times and it really works. Switching socks during the day, using non-100% cotton socks to wick away the moisture, and switching pairs of shoes (never wearing the same pair two days in a row) and wiping them out with a baby wipe at the end of the day are my secret weapons to prevent stinky feet caused by stinky shoes--make sure the shoes are DRY and as germ-free as possible. This does garner me comments on the number of shoes I keep in my closet, but as I live alone I can cope with those accusations and I have the space to store them in an over-the-door organizer that has plenty of pockets. :-) I was curious to learn that, as an occasional hiker, Potassium Permanganate will help prevent blisters by toughening my feet! Blisters prevent me from hiking more, so I will surely follow this advice in advance next time I'm planning a hiking outing. Thanks for the great info! As kj force says, vinegar is also a good soak for stinky pinkies--I toss in a drop of dish soap with "oxy" and that does wonders in addition to the plain vinegar. I keep a bottle of "soapy vinegar water" for cleaning my bathrooms and always make sure to spray my feet in the process of cleaning the tub or shower--minimizes stinky feet problems, especially since I generally have to wear closed-toed shoes as it is the required dress code most places I work (factories, law firms). Thanks for all the tips!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Mel.

      This really works , so if better foot hygiene doesn´t do the trick do try the potassium permanganate. I can imagine in your line of work your feet do get very hot , well in summer at least.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 years ago from San Diego California

      Very good tips that everyone can probably use every once in a while. My particular employment brings me home with feet that don't exactly smell like roses, so I'll have to take heed to your advice.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Neil.

      Many thanks for reading and your great comment.

      When I met my dear, now sadly late husband he had this problem and was advised by his doctor to try potassium permanganate solution which he did and it worked a treat. In all the years we were together he never ever had smelly feet again.

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      :-) .... how did you ever come up with such a topic and do such an awesome job on it to boot. Well done!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi longtimemother. Hope you have success getting people to take the cure . Many thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I can think of a few people who would benefit from this hub.

      Thank you. Voted up!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Shai77. Pass it on dear, it really does work. Thank you so much for taking the time to read so many of my hubs, and also for following and fan mail, I´m going to nip over and read you in a minute too :)

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      6 years ago

      Didn't even know this was something that could be "cured" (except if it were a hygiene problem of course). This is really good stuff to know, I know a few people who can benefit from this info. Great hub.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hiya Nell and ehealer. Glad you both liked the hub, I swear this treatment works wonders and quick, it´s also cheap. It does stain your feet a deep shade of brown but of course that wears off when the treatment stops, and I think it´s a small price to pay for a cure. Good to hear from you both, and thank you for reading and taking the time to comment :)

    • eHealer profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great and informative hub, so many people have this problem and it's very embarrassing, my friend's feet are the brunt of jokes for years now and I have emailed him this hub. He has tried numerous treatments and hopefully will find this hub the cure! thanks and see you soon on the hubs!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Ooh smelly feet! lol! seriously I am lucky that I don't get this problem but what a pain if we do, so your info is spot on, if my feet suddenly develop a cheesy odour then I know what to do! lol! voted up! nell

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Effer. Thank you for reading, hope you have stopped squirming now, and are breathing normally.

      Your comment made me laugh dear, and I really needed a laugh when I read it, thank you my friend. :)

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Whew!...HELP! I nearly passed out holding my breath through this entire hub! Good thing I'm a speed reader! PEW!!! Yuk......I hate feet to begin with. SMELLY feet??? Stay away!

      You are a life-saver!...........UP+++

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Penlady. Thank you so much for your great comment. I´m pleased you found it wonderful and useful :)

    • penlady profile image


      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Wonderful information that I'm appreciate you sharing. Voted up and useful.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Good morning Billy and Mhatter. Thank you both for reading and your comments. Much appreciated as always :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these ideas.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information my friend! I am quite grateful I do not have this problem.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi KJ. Many thanks for the great comment. I´m just going to pop off now and make myself a lovely mug of hot chocolate, think I deserve it tonight as have been repainting a room as well as writing this hub...phew I´m plum tuckered out now love .

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      6 years ago from Florida

      bac2basics...great article..well researched and in Florida, sandals/flip flops are standard..but still people have " Bromodosis "..a natural remedy is soaking or regular washing the feet with me the smell goes away ( air dry)also powereing the shoes with baking soda..and overnight ocassionally stuff shoes with absorbs odors trust me..( good idea when storing leather boots)..people can also use an antipersperant on feet..however.. always wash feet daily ...thanks for bringing attention to this delicate issue..enjoyeed your article..glad to see you're back at the keyboard...:)lol


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