Nov 15, 2015
Have you got stinky feet? It's okay, you can admit it, and in so doing take your first step toward many future odorless steps with a few home remedies to remove the causes of smelly feet!
All feet are liable to some odor, since they are often the warmest parts of our bodies and are trapped in socks, shoes, and the like where heat, moisture, and darkness can provide the perfect environment for bacteria to live and produce odorous byproducts of their digestion. Then again, some feet are just stinkier than others, whether due to genetics, diet, illness, or foot care and general hygiene habits.
Natural Cures for Foot Odor: Obviously, increased foot cleaning habits will help reduce foot odor, to start. Sprinkling alum or baking soda in your socks and shoes can help absorb and/or kill off foot odor. Soaking the feet in something like diluted vinegar or hydrogen peroxide may kill off odor-causing bacteria.
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Remedies for Stinky Feet
Alum cured my stinky feet/stinky shoes. You can find Alum in the Spice/Herb section of any grocery store, and is very affordable. You don't need much just put it in your shoes before you wear them. I put enough in to coat the entire sole of the shoe, and I lightly very lightly shake out the excess. You will want to put in every time you wear them for a week or so or equivalent if you do not wear them everyday. Not only will the smell be gone and completely neutralized, it has a cleaning effect to the sole of the shoe as well. It completely took out the dark area of the shoe where you would normally see your foot print. Now I do not have to leave my shoes outside, nor do I have to come in and soak or wash them. Not to mention No more embarrassment. Only down side (but very worth it to me) it has a texture of very fine grit sand. If you can handle feeling like there is a little bit of sand in your shoe (for a week) then this is very much your cure!! Not sure if the smell comes back, all my shoes I have only went through the week process once and not had to since. Its been approx. 3 months and still no foot or shoe odor.
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Ten Mile, Tn Usa
Posted by Angie (Los Angeles, CA) on 07/17/2009
ACV FOR FEET ODOR
I used the acv for my daughter. Her feet smelled really bad since her feet are very sweaty. I soaked her feet for about 5 min in water and poured some ACV and the following day when she took her shoes off her feet were still sweaty but they did not smell at all. So relieved that this works for her because she has always been self conscious about the bad odor.
Posted by Regulator555 (Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa) on 06/02/2010
For my husband's smelly feet: 1) Use a stainless steel callus shaver to shave off the dead skin (a pumice stone may work if the skin isn't too thick) on clean, dry feet 2) Soak your feet for at least 20 minutes in a pan of warm water to which you have added a 1/2 cup of baking soda. My husband was plagued for years with smelly feet. After shaving off the dead skin (he had tons) and soaking them in BS, it cured the stench. I think the calluses store up the funk. :-)
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San Francisco, Ca
Posted by Not My Real Name (Kansas City Area, Mo) on 08/09/2009
I was plagued with stinky feet since childhood. I sprinkled baking soda GENEROUSLY into my shoes and wore them. My feet felt wet the whole time but there was no odor from my feet or shoes after one day. I kept doing this for months and have had no problems from stinky feet now for years. This is hard on the shoe so make sure that you are wearing shoes that are not expensive. Ironing your socks may also help. When I bathe I wash my feet with dial or safeguard deodorant soap. I have not used baking soda in my shoes now for years, I only wash them during my bath.
Posted by Donna (Janesville, WI) on 07/01/2008
Not sure if bleach is considered to be natural, but it was a miracle for my husband's stinky feet! It was so bad that he could clear a room if he took his shoes off. All you do is take 1 gallon of warm water and add 1/2 a cup of bleach to it. Soak your feet for 5 or 10 min. and your feet will smell fresh as can be! It will last for months on end! Thank you Earth Clinic~you are truly a God Send. Many blessings~donna
EC: Thanks, Donna. New remedy page now created for stinky feet!
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Abbotsford, Bc Canada
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Posted by Harmonious1 (Alamogordo, Nm) on 09/16/2011
If your feet stink, simply place your shoes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight. Do this with all your shoes, socks too, if necessary. This worked for all in my family.
Posted by Glaudine (South Africa) on 05/25/2015
Stinky Feet: The best remedy, after many years and trying almost everything, is "Milk of Magnesia", rub it on the soles of the feet every morning before putting on shoes. Only a small amount is needed.
Posted by 111laker111 (Ontario, CA) on 07/14/2014
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Posted by Palemauve (Beijing, China) on 12/28/2012
Hi! I'm surprised to find that the best remedy for stinky feet is not available on earth clinic!
Since childhood, I've been plagued by very stinky feet, and its been a subject of humiliation many times over. Although I didn't have the opportunity to try all the various solutions that people have recommended, I found one that just solved my problem without having to buy or prepare anything. I came across some sites that recommended urinating on your feet, as the bacteria in your urine counters with the bacteria on your feet (something like that, ) removing the smell pretty much permanantly!
I just simply peed on my feet while in the shower and let it sit for about a minute, while rubbing my feet against each other. No joke, after my shower, the smell was gone! Not just for a few hours, but for years! (PS: pee on them before you have your shower and before you run the water.)
There's no risk, no mess, and you don't have to buy anything. I just can't understand the people who get grossed out by this. Its natural remedy at its finest. If you'd never been plagued by stinky feet, I guess you wouldn't understand right? Good luck to all you guys who have this problem, and I hope it works for you!
Posted by Rachel (New York, New York) on 12/05/2008
I found the best cure for treating foot odor is to soak the feet in warm water and vinegar for 15 - 20 minutes. The vinegar helps to destroy the fungus causing the odor. I've tried it myself and it works! 2-3 soaks a week should help control the problem. Good luck.
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