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How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

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Smelly feet are a common problem. This condition is connected to a buildup of sweat that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and causes it to multiply. Some people may feel insecure because of it, so 5-Minute Crafts decided to shed some light on how to cope with this condition and eliminate the smell.

Please, keep in mind that it’s always better to consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and before starting any home treatment.

Take proper care of your feet’s hygiene.

  • Wash your feet with soap at least once a day. Try different antibacterial and antifungal soaps to determine which one works best for you.

  • Keep your toenails short and trim them regularly.

  • Always thoroughly dry your feet after washing them to remove any wetness. Pay special attention to the area between your toes.

Exfoliate your feet regularly.

  • Hard, rough skin softens when it gets wet and turns into a great breeding ground for bacteria. You can use a pumice stone, foot scrubs, or a foot file to remove it.

Try a vinegar soak.

Vinegar helps eliminate bacteria and soften your skin, allowing you to exfoliate it easier.

  • Thoroughly wash your feet before the soak.
  • Mix 2 parts warm water with 1 part apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in a basin.
  • Soak your feet in this mixture for 15-20 minutes.
  • Repeat once a week.

Note: Don’t use this remedy if you have cuts or sores on your feet or if any skin irritation occurs.

Go for Epsom salt.

Epsom salt soaks may come in handy when you need to get rid of the odor and exfoliate your feet.

  • Add 1/2 cup of salt into a basin filled with warm water.
  • Soak feet for 20 minutes.
  • Exfoliate your skin with a pumice stone or any other method of your choice.

Note: Epsom salt may have a drying effect on your skin, so it’s better to use a moisturizing cream after the soak if you notice any discomfort.

Always try to keep your feet dry.

  • Because wet skin is a great place for bacteria to multiply, do your best to keep your feet dry. Always properly dry them after showering, bathing, soaking, and swimming.
  • If you notice that your feet get wet during the day, carry a spare pair of socks with you, and change them when needed. Always change socks after working out.

Choose the right shoes and socks.

  • Choose shoes and socks made of natural materials to allow the moisture from your feet to evaporate. Artificial materials like nylon only trap moisture and don’t let it out.
  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row. You need to let every pair completely dry from moisture and sweat before putting them on again. It also a good idea to take the insoles out and let them dry separately. You can spray them and the inside of your shoes with a disinfectant spray to kill the bacteria.
  • If it’s hot outside, wear open shoes that allow the moisture to evaporate so your feet will stay dry.
  • Remember that tight-fitting shoes may retain moisture.

Apply antiperspirant to your feet.

  • You can use antiperspirants for things other than your underarms. This method helps to quickly eliminate the odor.
  • It’s better to choose a spray antiperspirant for this area. You can use the product you usually apply to your underarms or go for a special foot antiperspirant.
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