My granddaughter is 10 and has such stinky feet. I have tried everything I can think of.
momhyde13 from W Terre Haute
Brew two tea bags in one quart of warm water and soak your feet for ten minutes. Do this every night until the problem is gone. Then you can soak them periodically. Tea is terrific at keeping your feet odor free and it also will keep your feet perspiration free because of its Britannic acid.
By MrsMoted2 (05/17/2005)
Sweat is alkali, so use a tablespoon of vinegar which in a footbath daily, also add vinegar when you launder your socks either in main wash or when rinsing. Thus the acid in the vinegar neutralizes the sweat. (05/17/2005)
Only wear natural fiber socks. Poly-based fibers don't allow your feet to "breathe", or absorb moisture, so your feet start to sweat and then stink because the sweat can't evaporate because it is trapped. Also, there are antiperspirant lotions that you can rub on the bottoms of your feet which will cut down on perspiration and stinkiness. (05/19/2005)
Avon has several foot care products. They are called Foot Works. We have a spray for cooling and soaks that will soak away the odors. (06/14/2005)
Use a cotton ball and wipe the bottoms of the feet with vinegar. This is also a good home remedy for athlete's feet. My kids used to get athlete's feet when they were younger and a couple of days washing their feet with vinegar and they were back to normal. (06/14/2005)
Any powder with zinc oxide is the key to non-stinky feet. Gold Bond baby powder is great and I love the smell. It doesn't smell like the typical foot powders. Johnson's medicated baby powder is also good. Either put it in your shoes or wipe it on your feet everyday when you wear sandals. It has worked for my whole family and we had very smelly feet.
My last girlfriend had feet so stinky that you could whistle at her trainers and they'd come running without her in them. She'd warned me about her feet and she wasn't joking. The stinky feet smell is normally bacteria feeding on dead skin and for want of a better word, farting the smell.
The cure is very simple. Go out and buy some new shoes/trainers. Wash feet in hot water, quite hot soapy water. Rinse well in hot water and make sure all the soap is off. Dry feet really well with a hair drier if possible to make sure there isn't any moisture on them.
Next, soak your feet in a solution of hot water and sodium hypochlorite." 'What's that?", the stuff you soak baby bottles in. In the UK it's called "Milton Sterisling Solution". You need a few good glugs in the bowl of water. Say about 250ml. Soak your feet for about an hour in this solution so your feet are prune looking. Remove feet, but don't dry completely. Leave them so they are a little damp. Don't rinse. Put a pair of clean socks on and go to bed. When you wake up in the morning have your usual shower and put on clean socks and new shoes and go to work, etc.
Get home at night and remove shoes. You won't smell anything, but a warm shoe smell. Ask a friend neighbour, etc. to smell your feet. There won't be anything to smell. Works every time. About day two or three you will notice that you have very dry feet and they may crack ever so slightly. Just use a moisturiser. By day seven you'll have normal unsmelling feet. Even if you've sweated all day (which is quite natural 'cos your feet are supposed to sweat). They aren't supposed to stink.
What you've done is kill off the bug in your feet. You've got rid of any hiding places for the bug by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing off. The strerilising solution then kills it. The overnight ever so slightly damp socks treatment gives it chance to get into nook and cranny of your feet just in case you missed any bugs in the soak.
Your old shoes, etc.? Put them back on for instant smelly feet. The bug's hiding in them waiting for you. Trainers can be washed in a hot machine wash if you aren't overly concerned about them. But make sure they are dry totally before you put them back on your feet. Not surface dry, but all the way through. If they aren't you'll be able to find out because bugs will have survived and when they go back on your feet you'll have to repeat the whole thing again. Shoes, the best thing is put them somewhere warm and dry for about six months and forget about them. The bugs need moisture to live so six months should see them off. But I did have a pair of slippers that were nubuck or something that I could not sterlise no matter what I did. They are in the bin. Don't use household bleach as there's a type of "detergent" in that and that will mega dry your feet out, not good. (08/06/2005)
Use 20 Mule Team Borax. You can get it anywhere. Put it inside your shoes every night and pour it out before you wear them again. Shouldn't take 2 to 4 days. The smell will be totally gone. Good luck. (08/20/2005)
Have her try soaking her feet in mouthwash. I heard this a long time ago. It's supposed to work, but I've never tried it. Good luck. (01/26/2006)
I have a friend who's feet stank to high heaven any time he ate dairy. When he abstained from all dairy products, they had little to no odor. We always knew when he ate ice cream. (01/27/2006)
The smell comes from bacteria that grow in shoes and on feet from the excessive moisture.
To help shoes last longer, and cut down on the odors in them (and thereby reduce the feet smell) rotate shoes. Never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. The shoes need to dry for 24 hours between wearings. Discard any shoes that you cannot remove the odor from.
Wear cotton socks and leather shoes. These will help the feet to breath. Change socks daily.
Wash feet with a good mild soap each day. Dry feet thoroughly. Apply a good foot powder or spray. I use a peppermint foot spray every morning on my feet and a generic Dr Sholls type foot powder in my shoes.
Avoid wearing plastic shoes or nylon socks.
I haven't tried this one, but it looks like it might be a help. Soak feet in bath of 1 cup vinegar, 1 dash dish soap, lots of warm water for 10 minutes. Pat dry. Refill tub or bowl with warm water and oatmeal, squeeze oats till water is milky and soak another 10 or so. Pat dry. Fresh as a daisy. The person who recommended this says it lasts several days, too.
These tips will not cure stinky feet, but may help with the problem. (02/20/2006)
Put a couple of dryer sheets in each shoe when you where them. It covers the smell and takes it with it when you take them out of the shoe. It works for me. (02/25/2007)
My husband had a terrible foot odor problem for years, it wasn't until we stumbled on to www.curestinkyfeet.com that we are finally cured and got rid of that foot odor for good. It is 3 1/2 years now and going. With only 3 days of sprinkling their foot powder on it worked, you definitely should try it.
We are odor free. (03/07/2007)
Some feet odor is caused by the same bacteria that give you acne. Try over the counter 10% benzoyl peroxide.
If you have a sudden onset of stinky feet check with your physician as it may be a medical problem. Bowel cleansing may also help. Your feet excrete toxins from the body. Remember when soaking your feet be careful in what you use as a soak because your body absorbs through the skin. You need to get rid of toxins not add more to your system.
To end the stink in your shoes, remove the foot bed and pour in about a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Shake the baking soda around in your shoes to coat even the top inside of the shoe and let sit over night. Pour it out the next day clapping your shoes to remove any excess and replace the old insole with new foot liners/insoles in your shoes. (11/18/2007)
Wash the shoes, I use a generous amount of bleach with hot water on my husband and children's stinky sneakers and shoes. It cleans them up and disinfects them. Wear white cotton socks. Soak feet in a tea solution once a week. Spray Lysol Disinfectant inside shoes generously. Use a pumice stone to clean your feet. If all else fails, go see a podiatrist. (12/28/2007)
For years I had also an odor problem with my feet.
Now I put a "white powder type" antiperspirant (Arm and Hammer) on the soles of my feet before putting my socks.
It works fine and keep me dry and fresh all day long. (01/02/2008)
Freeze your stinky shoes. This will kill the bacteria. (01/04/2008)
Guaranteed remedy. Use a handful of rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol on feet with every bath or shower. If feet sweat a lot wear two pair of absorbent socks for two weeks and change them every 4-6 hours. After a week or two of using alcohol daily you shouldn't have to change socks anymore. Your foot odor should be eliminated, but continue to use alcohol each day. (01/12/2008)
By dewey funk
Well, I rub my feet with tea tree oil every night. It kills toxins and bacteria, and it has a strong smell, but it fades overnight. It's a nice though. Just too strong for wearing during the day. For a quick easy application, I made a solution by mixing some with water and spraying my feet. Afterward, I put on loose socks and head to bed. (03/16/2008)
Soak your feet in Lysol for 2 hours, two days in a row. I had the worst foot odor for years, I did this and the odor has never returned. It has also helped many of my friends. (04/01/2008)
I have read a lot of people say bleach is the answer "it is not". I repeat, do NOT put bleach on your feet it is "toxic" and the toxins make your feet worse, and bleach can also be harmful to other parts of your body. Remember your feet are attached to everything through your biggest organ in your body which is skin. It absorbs the bleach into your system very quickly. Try tea it's a plant. (04/13/2008)
This is the magic bullet, it's called Pedisolix. I got it while in Europe last year and now it's available online here in America. Use it once and leave on for 24 hours with the socks they provide and it kills odour for almost 3 months. It normalizes foot perspiration and kills the bacteria and makes feet soft and healthy. It also really helps with foot fungus and toenail "stuff". I couldn't believe it, but me and a few friends here have used it a few times and it's amazing. We found it helps to spray disinfect your shoes so the smell doesn't temporarily transfer back to feet after the treatment.
This may help. Fermalin is a very good solution. (08/18/2008)
Please people even natural tea tree oil if you look at it in Wikipedia in certain doses can be fatal and toxic. Please inform yourself before putting anything on your feet, natural or not natural. For example, to soak your feet in tea sporadically or maybe putting on Listerine, I do not think could be of harm. But detergents are toxic if they are absorbed.
Maybe you won't notice and years from now start presenting a level of toxicity diseases or carcinogenic effects "cancer" from putting your skin in contact with toxic agents. Please don't be ignorant; research anything you use. Your skin absorbs these remedies and it goes to the blood stream in the same way as if you drink it or ingest the toxin. It is very alarming what I read here because some child might take the Lysol, bleach, or other suggestions as a possibility without knowing these are detergents that may be extremely toxic and bad for you. (12/03/2008)
For me and probably for many of you the smell is from a bacteria. You can probably see little wells in your skin, which are being used for food by the critters. The following works for me. In England a few years back I found a cream that stopped the smell for a month. I couldn't find it in the USA, but realized that the formula was very similar to gel-type underarm deodorants.
So now, when I have a problem I start the morning by rubbing in some of the gel on my feet before putting on my socks. Also, if needed I will put a small amount of foot deodorant powder in my shoes that *does not* contain cornstarch or other things bacteria can eat. I can't believe that the deodorant is worse on my feet than under my arm in terms of chemical exposure. One caution, boric acid works well in foot powders, but it is poisonous, so don't use a lot. Read up on it. (12/04/2008)
I read in a magazine that putting a little bag of cat litter scent in your shoes should get rid of the bad smell.
Get some oak leaves and boil them. Then you strain the leaves and put the water in a container and soak your feet for 30 minutes a day for a week. (01/18/2009)
My teenage son also has a problem with foot odor. I got him these cupron socks, www.cupronsales.com and it really worked. Now we don't have to leave his shoes outside at night anymore. (06/04/2009)
After your shower, rub a thin layer of Vicks VapoRub on the bottoms of your feet and between your toes. Wear white socks and you'll never have a problem again. This really works. (09/27/2009)
I discovered a simple thing when visiting my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine: They have a shoe tree that emits UV light that kills all the bacteria in your shoes. Less bacteria = less odor. This thing works great. I have used it for over 3 month now. I think they call it a UV shoe sterilizer. (02/19/2010)
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