Summer is almost here and sweat and summer are two words that goes parallel. The scorching heat and soaring temperatures in the summer makes you sweat almost everywhere, including your feet. Sweating itself isn’t the problem but the odor that comes along can get up in everyone’s nose. And believe me, nobody wants to smell bad.
The bacteria that build up on your foot skin and in your shoes eats the sweat that you secrete. These bacterias then produce an acid byproduct that is stinky. It’s a natural process. However, you can reduce the number of bacteria by keeping your feet dry.
To spare yourself from the possible embarrassment, follow these top-notch home remedy and set your feet odor-free.
Salt extracts the moisture out of your skin, reducing the amount of bacteria that survives on the sweat that you secrete.
This method is also helpful in exfoliating the dead-skin cells in your feet and make it soft and smooth.
The acid in the tea closes your foot-skin pores, reducing the amount of sweat. Tea also acts as a natural antibiotic agent that kills the bacteria on your feet and also preventing their re-growth.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, helps to balance the pH balance of the feet. This will ultimately help in reducing the odor forming from bacteria.
Alternatively, you may simply sprinkle a little baking soda directly into your shoe and socks, allowing it to soak up any bacteria-causing moisture.
Lavender Oil not only provides relaxation and improves stress relief, it also aids different type of skin conditions including foot odor. It kills the bacteria that results the odor.
Note: Check for any kind of skin irritation by putting a drop of this oil on a small area before the actual application.
Cornstarch are great natural absorbent and works very well to ingest the moisture and sweat on your feet. This will, in turn, reduce the bacteria that lives on the sweat and ultimately the odor.
Apple Cider Vinegar works as an amazing antibacterial solution that wipes out the foot bacteria. It also makes a great natural deodorizer that soaks the odor released by them. The acids in the apple cider vinegar is the hero that alters the pH level of your skin, preventing it from excessive sweat, odor and the bacteria.
The smell of the vinegar can be off but it will dissipate once dried.
Potassium aluminum sulfate also known as alum powder is a salt derivative of naturally occurring aluminum ore. Alum powder is rich in astringent and antiseptic essentials. The ability to absorb moisture makes it a powerful and easy remedy for smelly feet.
Sugar scrub are amazing for skin exfoliation. There are many DIY recipes for sugar scrubs that works brilliantly for your skin conditions, including foot odor. This sugar scrub method will help get rid of both the foot odor and dead skin cells from your feet.
Tea tree oil contains good proportion of restorative properties. It is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic agent. Everything you would want to get rid of odor on the feet is present in this essential oil.
When applied correctly, this method can stop the fungal growth and also get rid of bad smells.
Ginger has multiple health benefits from removing toxins to odorous feet and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It is one of nature’s best antibacterial ingredients.
These remedies are safe, effective and easy to use at home.
Despite these home-based solutions, there are some healthy living practices like changing socks regularly, washing your feet everyday and letting your shoes dry in sunlight which can also work effectively to reduce the smell causing bacteria. Also, increase your intake of pineapples as it helps improve the overall body odor.
Smelly feet are not a medical issue, however they can affect a person’s personality, self-confidence and relationships with others.