When you kick off your shoes, do you clear a room? There are two things you need to deal with when it comes to feet odor; bacteria and sweat. It is not the sweat that makes your feet smell, but the bacteria that thrives in the moist environment it creates.


Foot odor is bacteria that find your moist and warm feet, socks, and shoes the perfect place to breed and multiply. Thousands of sweat glands on the soles of the feet produce perspiration of water, fat, minerals, and various acids.

Tips to avoid foot odor:

  • Wash your feet well
  • Soak your feet in salt water.
  • Use antiperspirant deodorant on your feet.
  • Use foot powder in your shoes.
  • Wash your shoes
  • Let your shoes breathe
  • Wash your socks often
  • Wear open shoes

Home remedies:

Epsom salt soak: Dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt in 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes twice a day.

Sage and rosemary soak: Add a teaspoon of dried rosemary and 2 teaspoons of dried sage in a bowl of boiling water, let it cool to a lukewarm temperature and soak your feet for 30 minutes twice a day.

Baking soda and citrus soak:

Add a quarter cup of baking soda and the juice of one lemon in warm water and let your feet soak for 20 minutes.

Vinegar soaks: Add half a cup of white or apple cider vinegar to 5 cups of warm water, soak your feet for 15 minutes twice a day.

Black tea foot soaks: Add 5 black tea bags to 4 cups of warm water, allow to steep, soak your feet for 20 minutes once a day.

Sprinkle your shoes and socks with baking soda daily, it will absorb the odors and moisture.

Foot odor may leave you friendless as the stink often implies bad hygiene habits. Take care of your feet, it’s the only pair you have.