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Benefits of a Deodorant Foot Mask: And a Recipe

Updated on March 26, 2013
powdered green clay
powdered green clay

Benefits of a Deodorant Foot Mask and a Recipe

I know many wonderful, elegant, stylish, intelligent women - and sometimes their feet stink.

Two friends came over early one evening and they told me they had a little problem. Together they announced "Our feet stink!" as they pulled off smelly shoes and nylon socks. Their feet did stink so they sat far away from me.

Another friend who visits often just grabs a couple paper towels and goes into the bathroom for about 10 minutes where she knows I have baking soda. Lots of water splashing and so on, then she comes out and puts her shoes down. Feet washed and shoes doused - both with baking soda.

For those that don't announce smelly feet, my cat gives them away. She'll spend the whole visit sniffing their shoes or sneakers. At which time my guests will admit to smelly shoes and possibly feet.

I know they don't have a foot fungus. Smelly feet in this case are most likely the result of synthetic shoes and/or socks that don't allow air to circulate. I suggested a lovely pampering foot mask that eliminates odor and just makes you feel good. 

Additional benefits are listed after the recipe. And a tip from a wise elder.

Deodorant Foot Mask

1/2 cup powdered green clay (see photo)

1/2 cup distilled water

- Mix together making a thick paste.

- Liberally coat your feet and allow the mask to dry

- Rinse thoroughly with warm soapy water - then dry

I then massage in pure Shea butter. See the link below for information about Shea butter.

Benefits

Green clay helps pull impurities out of your system and because it's a mineral, it puts minerals directly back into your skin. It also works as an exfoliate. Green clay acts as a heat conductor which soothes and helps muscles relax - a benefit for tired and achy feet. While there are several different colors of clay available, use only green clay because it is rich in silica and magnesium making it very absorbent and good as a foot deodorant.

Why so many smelly feet?

Many shoes are made of synthetic fabrics that don't breathe. Then if you wear something like those nylon trouser socks - well they don't breathe either. In warm weather you can expect sweaty, smelly feet and shoes.

A way to avoid foot odor with synthetics

An elder cousin offered a suggestion - something she always does. She buys shoes a half or whole size larger and to keep them from flopping on her feet she adds insoles which not only help the shoes fit better but they absorb moisture. The extra bit of space in the shoes also allows air to circulate. I have a favorite pair of shoes that are 1/2 size larger. They were a bit floppy initially, but I learned how to walk in them and didn't need the insoles.

For more pampering hubs, see the links below:

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      DoveFreexrolo 15 months ago

      Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice article.

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      Cory 3 years ago

      Thanks for the list, really great!

      A good alternative is a brand called Lavilin - it's a foot deodorant cream that only needs to be applied once a week. Really cool brand!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for that tip Xenonlit. Some have said a quick soak in diluted tea helps.

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

      This is great! In the summer, I have stinky feet, but have been using rubbing alcohol, rinse, then cocoa butter. This seems to be a much more soothing, healthy and pampering method. Now I have to find green clay!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you TheListlady - glad your feet are not smelly. I do think you may enjoy this - I just love my feet covered in green - and thanks for the rating.

      It is so easy and pleasurable CountryCityWOman and now you can pick up some of that green stuff you always see. Thank you for the rating. Yay!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you TheListlady - glad your feet are not smelly. I do think you may enjoy this - I just love my feet covered in green - and thanks for the rating.

      It is so easy and pleasurable CountryCityWOman and now you can pick up some of that green stuff you always see. Thank you for the rating. Yay!

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      CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      Oooh, I like. I always see this green clay at stores and so now I will pick up some and do a great foot mask. This just sounds so right and so easy.

      Rated up!

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      I almost wished my feet smelled so I can enjoy how well this works. I'd love to do it anyway because I am finally taking the time once again to pamper myself and I want only natural safe products. Thanks a lot!

      Rated up!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good - hope you find it locally. I have a friend that knows all these little herbs and spice shops, and ethnic shops and markets and she picks up all these types of items and then shares them. I love when she comes to visit.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great~ I did think of the Internet but will check at the local health stores.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome and I'm glad you found the hub informative sweetie1. And speaking of natural Indian cosmetics - a friend came to visit and used my powdered turmeric to make a face mask! She said it's great for clearing up acne and yes, it does work. Seems turmeric is good for so many, many things - amazing!

      Hello akirchner! I've been able to purchase the green clay at the so-called health food stores in small bags. I see that it is also sold on the internet in large quantities as well.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great info I'm passing on to my son~ Where do you purchase green clay?

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Hi bkcreative, in Indian beauty products, clay plays a very important role. We have home made clay facepacks and then whole body clay packs but for the first time i heard of green clay..thanks for the info. Very informative hub.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you anglnwu, I'm glad you found the information useful and thanks for the rating.

      You're welcome PWalker281. Hope that shoe size thing works for you. Love these elders among us who always have solutions - to everything. OK - now I am working on the easy facial scrub hub. Thanks for the ratings too!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, BKC! Seems to be an extremely easy way to deal with a difficult problem. And I'll remember the advice about shoe size next time I buy a pair. Rated up and useful!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      This is very useful--not that I've smelly feet--haha--but I know of people who do. Thank you for the recipe--it will come in handy. Rated up.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you like the idea KoffeeKlatch Gals!

      Thank you Eddy - and you enjoy your day too.

      So true Shalini Kagal- I don't have smelly feet, but I am getting back into all the natural cosmetic recipes I used to make - they feel good and they work!

      Thank you pmccray - and an interesting thing is happening. Perhaps because so many of my friends know I lived in S. Korea where you take off your shoes in the house, they do so here and it has encouraged much better foot care and awareness - a really good thing.

      Thank you for the comments!

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      pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

      Much needed info my husband and I joke about his smelly feet, but there is nothing funny about it!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Very useful, thank you, BkCreative. And even if one doesn't have smelly feet, this sounds so pampering!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very useful indeed !!

      Thank you for sharing and a vote up without a doubt.

      Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

      Eddy.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What an interesting idea. Your foot deodorizer is taking care of more than one problem. Great idea.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome NATURESMOTIONS. This is just one of those lovely things you do for yourself and stay away from the toxic products.

      And my elder has always bought larger sized shoes even way back in the days when shoes were mostly leather - and that was to avoid that awful 'breaking in' process that did so much damage to our feet (corns, bunions, etc.) With synthetics if I get my usual size they are really painful because there is never any give or breaking in process. Argh!

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      NATURESMOTIONS 5 years ago from Oregon

      Hello

      This is great I am telling all my friends this information. I am going to order some now for my spouse his feet always sink. Next time we buy shoes we will try the next size up and see how that works. Thanks for the suggestions