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Do you shy away from taking off your socks and shoes when you are around other people or is the smell emanating from your feet unbearable for you too? Then, you might be suffering from bromodrosis or simply termed smelly feet or foot odor!

Yes, it can be an embarrassing problem!

This condition usually occurs when your feet sweat and the sweat does not evaporate because you are wearing shoes or socks. Bacteria naturally present on your skin grow as they feed on the sweat and dead skin cells, producing the foul smell.


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Why Do We Develop Smelly Feet

  • Anyone can develop smelly feet any time of the year, not just in hot humid summers. However, it is more common in pregnant women and teens due to hormonal changes that make them sweat more.
  • A person who is on his feet the whole day or too stressed is likely to sweat more.
  • Certain shoes and socks increase the volume of sweat produced, so the feet remain damp when you wear socks and shoes for a long time. These moist and dark conditions are just perfect for the bacteria to grow. These bacteria (depending upon the species) produce isovaleric acid from a substance leucine present in the sweat. It is isovaleric acid that gives the ‘smelly feet’ odor. The ‘smell’ can be really bad depending upon the species of bacteria and chemical substances produced.
  • If you suffer from a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, you may sweat abnormally.
  • Lack of proper hygiene also can result in smelly feet. People who don’t wash their feet frequently or change their socks during the day create the perfect environment for the bacteria to grow.
    Many natural cures are worth trying to get rid of annoying foot odor. You’ll need to follow them religiously for a certain period of time to get good results. Most are able to resolve the problem within a week or so.
  • If you don’t have talcum powder, you can use a good quality antiperspirant on your feet to keep them dry for a longer period of time. There are many other easy and simple home treatments for foot odor.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for foot odor.


1. Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is an effective remedy to eliminate foot odor. It neutralizes the pH of sweat and reduces bacteria.

  • Add baking soda in warm water (one tablespoon for every quart of water) and soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes every night for one week.
  • You can also sprinkle baking soda in both your shoes and socks before wearing them.

2. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil not only smells good but also helps kill bacteria. Plus, it has antioxidant and antifungal properties that are effective in treating foot odor.

  1. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Repeat twice daily for a few days.

3. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate that has a lot of applications ranging from gardening, household, beauty to medicinal purposes. Epsom salt can also minimize the smell coming from your feet as it fights microbial infection and neutralizes foot odor. A detoxifying foot bath with Epsom salt is also soothing for aching feet.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a small foot tub filled with warm water.
  2. Soak your feet in the solution for 10 to 15 minutes. For best results, do this before going to sleep so that you do not have to wear socks or shoes for a few hours.

4. Black Tea

Black tea has tannic acid that helps kill the bacteria that produce foot odor. It also helps close pores on your feet, thereby reducing the amount of sweat on which the bacteria feed. It is recommended as one of the most effective home remedies by doctors.

  1. Boil two black tea bags in three cups of hot water. Add some more water to lower the temperature of the solution.
  2. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Do this daily for about a week.

5. Vinegar

Vinegar is beneficial in getting rid of smelly feet as it creates an acidic environment in which bacteria cannot survive. You can use any type of vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar for this home remedy.

  1. Prepare a mixture of one-half cup of vinegar and 4 pints (8 cups) of hot water.
  2. Soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, wash your feet thoroughly with soap to remove the vinegar smell.

6. Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil is thought to be one of the first essential oils to be extracted from nature.

In addition to its use in aromatherapy, it has antibacterial, antifungal  and antiseptic properties to name a few. All these make it a good remedy for combating foot odor.

You can use cedarwood oil effectively with coconut oil that has amazing health benefits. Coconut oil has lauric acid that kills bacteria. Plus, it has skin rejuvenating properties. It is even used as a base ingredient in many beauty products  because its effect lasts longer on the skin than many other oils.

  1. Mix 5 drops of good quality cedarwood oil to 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.
  2. Gently rub it on your feet and massage. Allow it to be absorbed for some minutes before walking or wearing socks. Be careful not to slip on the floor.
  3. Do this once daily for one week.

Medic for Foot Odor was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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32 thoughts on “Medic for Foot Odor”

  1. Washing and drying your feet very accurate is very important. Moreover the use of cedar wood is probably one of the best things to get rid of foot odor. The cedar wood fights the bad smelling food bacteria and give off a very good smelling flavor. So there are several insoles made from cedar wood (cedarsoles) available. Maybe try this.

    1. Hi Kerry,
      I tried the cedar soles and just wanted to let you and everybody here know that they really help me a lot! It’s been one week now and i have already placed a second order to get a pair for each pair of shoes I have 😉 I don’t leave the house without them anymore. So thanks a lot for that great suggestion!

  2. If you have smelly sneakers place them in the freezer overnight. This will usually kill most of the bacteria. Do this once a week for the life of the pair.

      1. I too are trying this . ina bag in the work freezer. Also baking soda foot bathing this week. will post again end of the week.?

  3. it is very important for us to wash and clean our body specialy in feet.. i do have that foul feet coz my feet sweat a lot and also my hand.. everytime i use my shoes it will smell stinky..thats why i search a lot in internet and i found this blog that best help my problem.. now i am feel confident and light everytime i used my shoes 🙂

    mno worries at all 🙂

  4. Being a lady in an office of over 100 people with smelling feet is a pathetic thing. I used to apply lotion oil which made my feet to sweat more and making my feet smell
    like trash. Later i came to realize the problem was the lotion after changing to petroleum gel. Now am fine and no stinking any more.

  5. BEST REMIDY EVER!!! For real!!
    Try soaking your feet in horse urine. My feet were growing fungus on the bottoms of them and stunck insanly. So i walked out back and grabed a bucket and waited for my horse renaldo to pee. So i filled the bucket and socked them 3 bights in a row. It was warm and relaxing. But my feet still stink but whatever. Lol my feet really do stink though. Im gonba try the salt and baking soda

    1. That sounds like a great idea, I’ll try horse piss tomorrow, I’ve also heard you’re supposed to pee on your feet while you’re showering ;D

  6. I am a 14 year old that has just started to notice a light foot odor. I know where the problem started however, because of my socks. I need new socks because I am growing, so I have went out to buy new ones. I still smell an odor coming from my feet, so i will try the lavender and baking soda technique. I will only be trying these two because I already have these ingredients at home. I will post on this page again at the end of the week, today is Monday for me. I will also be massaging my feet with a few drops of lavender before going to sleep. I will also be putting socks on after I have massaged my feet.

    1. I was reading all these post and it is sad that you a 14 now 15 year old has better English and writing than the adults who posted. Keep up the good work.

  7. I found that if you rub canned cat food all over your feet then wrap your feet in plastic wrap, before going to sleep, the odor is completely gone the next day. The protiens in the gravy are easily absorbed into your skin, and quickly kill the bacteria. The only drawback is that I walk to work everyday, and by the time I get there, every cat in the neighborhood is following closely behind me. Good luck!

  8. It is Sunday, I forgot to post this yesterday, but I am here now. I have no problem with foot odors anymore and I have done everything I said I would everyday. The most effective solution was the lavender-water one, and of course the lavender massage helped too. You people should try it out if you no longer want any odor.

  9. I have terrible sweaty, smelling feet. I swart a lot in my plans and feet. I was doing some research and came across this site. I will try the baking soda and sage remedies, since I have those home at present. I am really embarrassed when I take off my sneakers or shoes amongst others. Can anyone recommend anything for sweaty palms? Thanks

  10. I noticed I’ll have foot odor everytime I wear pantyhose, or thin stockings.. but not with socks.. I still can’t find the answer why would this happen. Even if I changed into a new pair of pantyhose! So I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s just my feet that stinks.

    I even tried putting tea bags (dry, unused) in my shoes, overnight but it only works for a short time (odorless for 2 days max). I have got to try these remedies though. Great share guys!

  11. 1 little bottle of tea tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle (empty fabreeze or something) sprayed on feet and in shoes before going out has helped my problem a lot.

  12. I read every little bit of the comments . But what solution you will suggest to keep the shoe without stink . Every time I wear a shoe it stinks . But when I wear regular sleepers or similar it doesn’t stink

  13. Baking soda is an excellent absorbent that helps get rid of the moisture caused by sweating. It also neutralizes the pH levels of sweat generated in the feet, destroys the bacteria, and prevents them from multiplying as well as thriving in the feet.

  14. Talcum powder is probably one of the easiest and most effective home remedies for smelly feet. Almost every household will have either talcum powder or baby powder, both of which are effective in controlling the bad odor emanating from feet.

  15. Hmmm feels better even to find out people suffer the same issue like mine and thanks for the simple & natural remedies to apply.

  16. Well the list is kind of complete 🙂 The nutrition is also a really important point: your diet has influence in how much you sweat and how the sweat smells! Anyway, I have a natural all – in – one solution for you: use cedar soles in the shoes and you won’t sweat anymore, even if you wear your shoes without socks 🙂 My friend works for a company in Germany who sells them and she gave me a pair! I doubted a lot, but finally, the best anti-foot-smell-and-sweat stuff I ‘ve ever tried 🙂 Just wanted to share this experience here, maybe it helps somebody!

  17. You can try to put cedar wood insoles in your shoes, they do normally great work against excessive sweating of the feet and also help to get rid of foot odor.

  18. All of these are very helpful gonna try the lavender and the cider, don’t think I will go as far as the horse urine though but I have heard urine is supposed to be good for your feet for some reason or another. I’ve been suffering from bad odor since I started working at a job that requires the non slip restaurant shoes. So gotta do something my kids scatter Everytime I go to take my shoes off.

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