Home Remedies That Can Get Rid of Foot Odor

Smelly feet are no laughing matter. Despite all the jokes, it’s not funny if you notice excessive and unpleasant odors every time you take off your shoes.

This condition is called bromhidrosis and is caused by bacteria that love moist or wet environments. So every time your feet start to sweat, the bacteria increase and cause foot odor.

Try These Home Remedies That May Work for You …

Some home treatment methods for foot odor can work for you but beware of applying any potentially caustic substances – like bleach – directly to your feet.

  • Spray antiperspirant deodorant on your feet. Your feet have sweat glands just like the underarm and deodorant may take care of foot odor.
  • Soak your feet in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 quart water for 15 minutes a couple of times a week to help restore pH balance of the feet and reduce bacteria.
  • Mix lemon juice or vinegar with water and soak your feet in it to attack bacteria. This mixture is also an astringent and can help remove dead skin from the feet.
  • Soak your feet in some brewed tea. Tea has tannic acid that can reduce sweat and help dry out your feet. Use a few teabags in each batch, let cool, add some cold water and soak the feet once a week for 30 minutes.

… But Then Don’t Put Your Dry Feet Back Into Sweaty Shoes!

It won’t help if you put nice, dry feet into sweaty or damp shoes and socks. Always change your socks when they get damp and rotate shoes to let them dry out completely.

You can help keep your shoes dry and comfy by:

  • Sprinkling a little baking soda, talcum powder or corn starch into your shoes – socks too – to soak up moisture that can cause bacteria.
  • Adding a few unused dry tea bags to your shoes and let them sit a few days to soak up moisture and unpleasant odors.
  • Cleaning your shoes with a household disinfecting agent. Be sure to wipe the inside of the shoes afterwards with cotton dipped in clear water and then let shoes dry thoroughly.
  • Spraying both shoes and socks with a disinfectant spray then let dry overnight.
  • If you use dryer sheets instead of a liquid fabric softener, add one to the tip of each shoe and leave overnight for a sweeter smell.

If these methods don’t help, please contact Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. We can prescribe special ointments to help get rid of bromhidrosis and there are other treatment methods for really stubborn cases.

Let Us Help Keep Your Feet Clean, Dry and Smelling Fresh!

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with excessive foot odor and any other foot condition as well as foot and ankle injuries. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. You don’t have to live with smelly feet – call us today!