Struggling with smelly feet? While most people may deal with stinky feet from time to time, for others, it can be a big cause of embarrassment. It may even lead to them living in fear of taking off their shoes. Smelly feet, medically known as bromodosis, is a very common condition. Luckily, treating smelly feet is quick and easy using natural and simple remedies.
In this post, we’ll explore what's causing your stinky feet and how to treat it. We’ll also discuss:
- Natural remedies for smelly feet
- How to prevent stinky feet
Read on to learn more about kicking foot odor to the curb once and for all.
What's Causing Your Stinky Feet?
Foot odor is equally common in men and women. There are three main culprits of smelly feet: Sweat, bacteria and fungus. As you might imagine, the most common cause of stinky feet is sweat. Sweat from your feet can become trapped in your socks and shoes throughout the day, causing a bad odor when you take them off. It’s natural for your feet to sweat more when wearing closed-toed shoes in hot weather.
In addition, there are also lots of bacteria naturally living on your feet. Your feet produce an odor when this bacteria feeds off the sweat on your feet, producing an acid that causes a foul smell Another potential cause of foot odor is fungus. This fungus is known as athlete's foot which, like bacteria, thrives in the sweaty environment in your sock or shoe. Other things that may cause stinky feet are:
- Wearing the same shoes every day
- Bad hygiene
- Certain medical conditions or diseases
Natural Remedies for Smelly Feet
Although foot odor is not usually a cause for medical concern, it can affect a person’s self esteem which can have an effect on their relationships. Fortunately, there are many different natural remedies for stinky feet, all of which are extremely effective.
Here are some of the top natural remedies we recommend:
- Soak your feet in black tea- This easy at-home remedy helps to dry the feet out so that they don't sweat as much. To test this method out, boil two tea bags in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Then, remove tea bags and dilute with 4 cups of cold water. Let cool and then soak your feet for 15-30 minutes. Repeat every day until your odor is gone.
- Embrace the power of lavender: Lavender is an essential oil that not only smells good, but helps kill bacteria too. To try this treatment, rub a few drops into your feet and cover with socks before bed.
Wear moisture-wicking socks: Our moisture-wicking Remedywear socks for kids and adults keep sweaty irritation at bay. Plus, they’re embedded with zinc which helps kill the bacteria that causes foot odor. These soothing socks also help heal any foot blisters, peeling skin, dryness or itchy feet with their ultra-soft material!
- Exfoliate: Exfoliation is a great way to combat foot odor as it removes dead skin cells that bacteria like to feed on. As an added bonus, gently exfoliating your skin can reduce eczema flare ups too.
How to Prevent Stinky Feet
There are also many effective ways to prevent stinky feet going forward. Here are some ways to get started:
- Practice good foot hygiene - The key to preventing smelly feet is practicing good hygiene. Wash your feet every day and make sure to dry thoroughly including between the toes. Using a soap made with ingredients with antimicrobial properties, such as our Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap bar, will help kill off the odor producing bacterias living on your feet.
- Take care of your footwear - Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row. This will give your shoes time to air out. Additionally, you can wash the insoles of your shoes to help them smell better.
Get started with Stinky Feet Treatment Today
If stinky feet are something you are struggling with, try these simple and effective natural remedies to treat and prevent it today.