One of the most common problems embarrassing you and those around you is smelly feet. Due to summer’s soaring temperature, perspiration turns your feet into a stink bomb. Smelly feet, also known as bromodosis, are mainly caused by sweating and the shoes you wear. An acid byproduct is produced once the bacteria that exist on your skin and in your shoes eat your sweat. This acid is the one that smells.
But there are ways to eliminate those bacteria and have an odor-free feet...
For your feet:
1. Soak in salt water
Skin’s moisture is pulled out by the salt, reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive in it.
Dissolve ½ to 1 cup kosher salt in a tub or large bowl of warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this daily for two weeks.
2. Invite Your Feet to Tea
The acid in the tea acts as a natural antibiotic that kills the bacteria on your feet. It reduces the amount you’ll sweat by closing your pores.
Add two black tea bags to 1 pint of water and boil for 15 minutes. Add 2 quarts of cool water, and then pour the solution into a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this once a day for a week.
Vinegar has a drying effect and creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
Mix two parts water and one part vinegar in a large bowl and soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this daily in a span of 1 week.
The chemicals contained in antiperspirants reduce sweating. Deodorants, on the contrary, only mask the odor, so keep away from those.
Make it a habit to spread antiperspirant on your feet before going to bed. This allows the product to soak enough into your skin so it will start to work the next day. Place enough amount between your toes because is it where a lot of sweat and odor begins.
You can also try to apply antiperspirant on your feet the next morning before putting on your shoes and make sure to bring it with you because of your feet starts to sweat and the antiperspirants’ effect wears off, you can re-apply it on your feet.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Mix 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water. Place the mixture on a washcloth and wipe it over your feet. This may help eliminate some of the bacteria.
For your shoes:
1. Right Socks
Pick the right socks. Materials like cotton, lets your feet breathe. An extra pair of socks is advisable if you tend to sweat more than an average guy and change halfway through the day.
2. Spray your kicks
If your shoes really stink to heaven, Lysol Disinfectant Spray is the best way to salvage it. This spray contains ethanol and other sanitizing ingredients that kill the bacteria.
Just spray the entire inside of your shoe with the product. You can also spray Lysol on clean socks and place them inside your shoes and leave them overnight so that it will allow even more Lysol to soak into your shoes.
3. Corn starch & Baking Soda
Just sprinkle corn starch into your shoes to absorb moisture. Or you can brush your feet with it before wearing your shoes.
Baking soda neutralizes the pH of sweat and reduces bacteria. It also helps absorb moisture.
4. Avoid getting your shoes wet
During rainy days, wear proper shoes to avoid soaking your shoes. Make sure to dry them properly if you get them wet. But if you can’t wear water-proof shoes, think of purchasing plastic shoe cover
5. Wash your shoes regularly.
If you have shoes that can be thrown into the washing machine, wash them every week or two. Add some baking soda to the wash to help with the odor. If you can't wash your shoes, wash them out with hot water and baking soda
6. Wear the right shoes
Buy shoes made of leather, mesh or canvas, which will provide airflow for your feet. Avoid choosing those clear of plastic and rubber shoes because they do not breathe. As much as possible, prefer to wear open-toed shoes in order to allow airflow into your feet and minimize sweating.