What can you do to rid yourself of smelly feet?


Some people seem to be inflicted with this problem a lot more than others. It's medical name is Bromhidrosis. Normal foot cleanliness and hygiene don't work for these individuals. Did you know there are more sweat glands in the feet than in any other part of the body. It seems teenagers and pregnant women are he biggest sufferers. For them, it is all to do with raging hormones.

First tip is to never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Give each pair of shoes 24 hours to air in between use. Wear wool or cotton socks as other fibres can cause your feet to sweat. Wander around at home, as far as is practicable, with nothing on your feet at all. Try these other ideas:


Tea Bags

Put several black or green tea bags in a foot bath. Pour in a couple of inches of hot water. When cool enough submerge feet and soak for 20 minutes.

Deodorant/anti perspirant

Treat your feet just as you would your under arms.

Epsom Salts

Add a couple of handfuls to a foot bath, add hot water and soak feet for 15 minutes.

Cider vinegar

Dab cider vinegar on your feet after washing them.

Surgical spirits

After showering, dry off your feet and dab surgical spirits in the hot spots such as between the toes. It will dry quickly and has the qualities of being antiseptic, astringent and dehydrating.

Salt water

Soak your feet in warm salty water for 20 minutes, Dry your feet and rub in some Tea-Tree oil. Buy the variety that is safe to put on skin. The 100% Tea Tree oil is extremely strong so don't use that.


Make sure you have enough zinc in your diet. Smelly feet can be a sign of a zinc deficiency. Foods containing zinc are wheat germ, veal liver, sesame seeds and tahini, roasted pumpkin seeds, lamb and peanuts.


If possible wear leather or canvas shoes as they breathe far better than synthetic materials. If your shoes are smelly pop them in the freezer overnight. The freezer will kill the bacteria which are growing in your shoes.

WARNING: Sometimes smelly feet can be a sign of a medical condition. If the above hints don't work they you should consult a medical practitioner for advice.


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