10 Ways to Fight Smelly Feet!
In general, smelly feet can be controlled with a few preventive measures:
1. Always wear socks with closed shoes.
2. Avoid wearing nylon socks or plastic shoes. Instead, wear shoes made of leather, canvas, mesh, or other materials that let your feet breathe.
3. Bathe feet daily in lukewarm water, using a mild soap. Dry thoroughly.
4. Change socks and shoes at least once a day.
5. Check for fungal infections between toes and on the bottoms of your feet. If any redness or dry, patchy skin is observed, get treatment right away.
6. Don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you frequently wear athletic shoes, alternate pairs so that the shoes can dry out. Give your shoes at least 24 hours to air out between wearings; if the odor doesn't go away, discard the shoes.
7. Dust your feet frequently with a nonmedicated baby powder or foot powder. Applying antibacterial ointment also may help.
8. Practice good foot hygiene to keep bacteria levels at a minimum.
9. Wear thick, soft socks to help draw moisture away from the feet. Cotton and other absorbent materials are best.
10. The best home remedy for foot odor is to soak feet in strong black tea for 30 minutes a day for a week. The acid in the tea kills the bacteria and closes the pores, keeping your feet dry longer. Use two tea bags per pint of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then add two quarts of cool water. Soak your feet in the cool solution. Alternately, you can soak your feet in a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water.