With soaring temperatures in the summer, it is normal to have dripping drops of sweat all over your body, as well as your feet. However, excessive perspiration may turn your feet into a foul-smelling zone.
According to a Japanese study, bacteria that reside in your kicks and your feet devour your sweat and produce an acid derivative that stinks. Rondrick Williamson, DPM, a podiatrist in Atlanta, Georgia says that conversion of sweat to acid byproduct is a natural phenomenon; however you can work on decreasing the number of bacteria in order to create a drier environment for your tootsies.
If you are troubled with smelling feet, then continue reading to learn in detail about the six easy ways to eradicate the smell-causing bacteria:
What You Can Do For Your Feet?
- Dip Your Feet In Saltwater
According to Al D’Angelantonio, III, DPM, podiatrist and assistant professor of surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, “Salt is one of the most important ingredients that help to reduce the moisture of your skin, and in turns eliminates the amount of bacteria that can survive there.”
You can take a tub or big vessel filled with warm tepid water. Dissolve in it at least half to 1 cup of kosher salt. Dip your feet into this bowl of warm water for around twenty minutes. Perform this every other day for about fifteen days in a row. This tip will also work to get rid of plantar warts forever.
- Try Some Vinegar
According to Williamson, in order to generate an unfavorable habitat for bacteria residing in your feet, you can consider soaking your feet in vinegar. Vinegar works by inducing a drying effect, which in turn kills the bacteria by starving them.
You can try this recipe by creating a vinegar bath for your feet. Combine one part of vinegar with two parts of water in a big vessel. Bathe your feet for at least thirty minutes every day and regularly for seven days.
- Refreshing Tea Soak For Your Feet
According to Williamson, the acid present in tea helps to close your skin pores in order to decrease the amount you will sweat. It also works as a natural antibiotic, which destroys the bacteria present on your feet.
Tea soak can be prepared by adding two bags of black tea to one pint of water. Boil this water for at least fifteen minutes, and then add two quarts of cold water. Your tea soak is ready. Pour it into a large tub and relax while dipping your feet into this solution for about thirty minutes. Consider doing this every day for a week in order to see noticeable results.
What You Can Do For Your Shoes?
- Choose The Right Material For Your Socks
Socks that are made of nylon are not good for your skin as they cannot breathe, and thus trap the moisture that surrounds your feet. Williamson suggests using socks made of cotton since cotton is highly absorbable and the breathing will help your feet to breathe. This material does not collect sweat in your feet as well.
However, if you are a guy who perspires heavily then consider carrying a spare pair of cotton socks that you can change midway during the day. Williamson further states that prevention is the best cure to keep your feet from smelling.
- Spray Your Sneakers
If your feet smell badly, it’s no wonder that your kicks are doing the same thing. However, just don’t trash them so soon. Spray them with Lysol disinfectant and rescue your old smelly boots. According to D’Angelantonio, Lysol disinfectant is one of the effective sprays since it is composed of ethanol as well as other sanitizing constituents that destroy the bacteria.
Consider spraying this sanitizing product to the inside of your kicks. Then, clean your socks by spraying them with Lysol as well. Secure these socks inside your shoes and leave them there for a night. The sprayed socks will assist Lysol to soak completely into your shoes.
- Powder For Smelly Feet
Some people purchase expensive deodorizing powders for spraying. However, D’Angelantonio suggests buying corn starch instead, which is inexpensive as well as highly effective. Sprinkling cornstarch on your shoes and socks helps to get rid of stinking odor.
Cornstarch works by absorbing moisture. The great thing about this technique is that there is no need to wait for the stench to go away. Just throw some cornstarch on your kicks and they will be stink-free.