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Fix Those Stinky Feet - Cure Foot Odor

Updated on November 4, 2013

Home Remedies for Stinky Feet

Here is a collection of stinky feet home remedies. These are some things that can be done to cure foot odor.

Stinky Feet Home Remedies list:

  • Soak your feet in tepid iced tea. “The tannic acid in the tea will actually tan your foot a little bit, which will dry it out,” according to Dr. Oz. “That’s helpful in reducing the amount of sweat, and the odor as well."
  • Pour ¼ cup of common household bleach in a foot bath with warm water. Soak feet for ½ hour. Rinse and dry feet thoroughly.
  • 100 mgs of Zinc a day.
  • Wash your feet every night with antibacterial soap. Dry your feet well. Then put rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray your feet.
  • Soak your feet in lemon or lime Jell-O. Mix Jell-O with hot water. Add cold water to get a nice warm footbath. Soak feet in Jell-O until the Jell-O begins to “set”. Wash feet with warm soapy water and rinse. Dry your feet off thoroughly.
  • Apply Absorbine Jr. on your feet before you put on socks. Twice a day. Reduce to once a day for a couple more months.
  • Use vodka in a foot bath to remove foot odors. (confirmed by Myth Busters)
  • Lavilin Foot Cream. Lavilin is an all natural product that kills the odor.
  • Pour ½ cup white vinegar into a warm foot bath. Soak feet for ½ hour. Rinse and dry feet thoroughly.
  • Saturate cotton ball with Listerine. Apply to your feet. Apply between the toes and the creases beneath the toes. Dry feet thoroughly.
  • Wash your feet with warm sudsy water. Dry feet thoroughly and dust with powdered alum.
  • Soak your feet several times a week with natural apple cider. Dry your feet thoroughly after soaking.

Avoid Embarrassing Foot Oder

No man wants this reaction to the smell of his feet.
No man wants this reaction to the smell of his feet. | Source

Did You Know?

Sweat itself is odorless! Sweat does create a beneficial environment for bacteria to grow. These bacteria are naturally present on our skin as part of the human flora. Sweat is also a great medium for fungi to grow. Fungi likes damp and dark places to grow and your feet, tucked away in your shoes and socks create a near perfect environment. Bacteria and Fungus create the foul odors coming from our feet.

Avoid Stinky Feet

The very best way to avoid stinky feet is to keep your feet clean and dry. The foot has over 250,000 sweat glands and your feet will get sweaty. Washing your feet daily and wearing clean socks will go a long way to preventing foot odor or stinky feet..

It is important to wash your feet daily because this removes sweat from the feet. Even if your foot seems dry, there is likely some sweat that has dried up on your foot. Washing also helps in controlling bacteria and fungus growth, which can also cause foul foot odors. It is is especially important to wash between the toes and in the creases on the underside of the toes. These two areas are often prime areas for sweat buildup and bacteria / fungus growth.

Changing your socks daily also goes a long way to preventing foot odor. Clean, fresh socks are a must. Socks absorb a lot of sweat from your feet during the day. This is a great thing because it keeps your feet dry, but if we use these socks again, without washing them. That dried up sweat, bacteria and fungus that the socks absorbed, will now be released on to your feet as your foot sweats. Wear dirty socks also contributes to transferring the sweat, bacteria, fungi and the stink to your shoes. Stinky shoes can help keep your cycle of stinky feet going.

If your feet smell like stinky cheese, you may be attracting mosquitoes!
If your feet smell like stinky cheese, you may be attracting mosquitoes! | Source

Stinky Feet Attracts Bugs

Stinky feet and socks are one of the smells that attracts mosquitoes! Scientists in Tanzania have been using this fact to work on a method to combat Malaria. Malaria is a disease that is spread by mosquitoes. Scientist create a mosquito trap that lures mosquitoes with an artificial scent that chemically resembles stinky feet. Mosquitoes have a similar attraction to the smell of Limburger cheese. Make sure your feet don't smell like Limburger cheese. Toe cheese anyone?

More Stinky Feet Remedies

Stinky Feet Extra Tips Video

The video on the right gives some extra tips on fixing stinky feet. There are several remedies listed above, but we try to off as may alternatives as possible. People are unique and every stinky feet remedy won't be effective for everyone. Some people may be allergic to some of the things used in some remedies. Check out the brief video to get a few more tips on getting rid of your foot odor

Many remedies for smelly feet require that you soak your feet.
Many remedies for smelly feet require that you soak your feet. | Source

Stinky Feet Remedy Categories

There are two main ways that you can attack your foot odor.

  1. Treating your feet
  2. Treating your shoes

Over The Counter Stinky Feet Remedies

Many of the remedies given, have been home remedies or remedies that require items that can be found in the home. There are also very good commercial remedies for stinky feet. Much like anything else, these commercial products are not a 'one size fits all' deal. Some people will find certain remedies to be the most effective while others may find the same remedy ineffective. Our bodies are different and react differently to various products.

Odor-Eaters Ultra Comfort Odor-Destroying Insoles

Odor-Eaters are an example of a product that will treat your shoes. They are inserted into your shoes to help neutralize odors in your shoes. They are sold in one size and you cut them down (sturdy scissors work well) to fit your shoes.

Natural Foot Deodorant Spray

Natural Foot Deodorant Spray is an example of a product that attacks the foot odor by treating the feet directly. This product is sprayed on the feet after they are washed and dried thoroughly. The spray works by controlling the growth of bacteria on your feet

Sneaker Balls Shoe Freshener

Sneaker Balls are made to attack the odor in your shoes. It uses their TX-3 odor-blocking formula to keep your shoes fresh and odor free. Sneaker Balls targets perspiration odor.

Xzuber Odor Eraser

Xzuber is another product that eliminates foot odor by treating the feet directly. This cream is rubbed on clean, dry feet. It contains no aluminum. Xzuber is not for daily use like other deodorants, applications becomes less frequent after a few uses.

Socks or Not?

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Socks v No Socks

There are many men that don't like to wear socks. They would much rather go without them. When dealing with foot odor, wearing socks can help control the odor. Wearing socks helps to keep your feet dry because they absorb sweat from your feet. Socks also keep your shoes from getting overly sweaty and eventually very stinky.

Socks should be worn with all shoes, except shoes that are designed to be worn with out them. Most shoes (like flip flops) that don't require socks are made in a manner that your feet are well ventilated and therefore, won't produce as much sweat. Socks should be worn with all 'closed' shoes. 'Closed' shoes don't provide the same amount of air flow or ventilation, causing the feet to sweat more.

Cotton socks are the best choice. Cotton socks absorb moisture well and allow your feet to breathe. Wool socks are also good at absorbing moisture but they tend to be a bit thicker and warmer, which may cause your feet to sweat more. Wool socks are better suited for colder weather. Socks made of synthetic materials, such as acrylic and spandex are a lot less absorbent and don't allow the feet to breathe as much.

Many men will not wear socks as a fashion statement or point of style. This is perfectly fine, but for men with stinky feet issues, socks should be worn. Clean, fresh socks changed daily is a great way to help maintain odor free feet.


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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 4 years ago from NYC BABY

      Yucky but I'm sure lots of men and maybe even some women need to read this! Lol informative!