Avoiding unpleasant odor and embarrassment when removing your footwear, can be accomplished. This guide is about remedies for stinky feet.
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Keep an inexpensive container of solid deodorant where you first put on your shoes in the morning. Just quickly rub the deodorant stick over the bottom of your feet (soles and toes), before putting on your socks or shoes. This keeps feet, socks, and shoes free of odor. And you'll never be embarrassed to take off your shoes. All you'll smell is a pleasant deodorant scent.
By Steph from Cincinnati, OH
When smelly feet were brought up at a recent podiatry appointment for a man, the doctor told the wife that feet have sweat glands too. Foot odor can be helped. He advised her to use spray deodorant on them. She bought deodorant and the smell subsided from the feet. The amount you use can be controlled if you need more or less. Washing your shoes often will also cut down on smelly feet.
By Gem from VA
To remedy stinky toes, soak your feet in a pail of warm black tea many times. Wear sandals and air your feet.
By Dorothy from Durban, KZN
I went to a foot doctor with my stinky feet. He gave me prescription for an antifungal to rub on the bottom of my feet. After a few applications, I was cured. He also said if my feet ever stink again to put underarm deodorant (either spray or solid roll on) before putting your socks on. That will help a lot too. That works especially well when you are wearing anything that is not cotton. Non cotton socks do not breathe, which leads to "stinky feet".
By sallyravon from Brookfield WI
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Here are questions related to Remedies for Stinky Feet.
My feet stink even after a shower, scrub, and massage, nothing helps?
By crazy eddiy
A very new way to cure stinky feet is the use of antifungal cedarsoles (insoles made from natural cedarwood). It works very well and is comfortable to apply! Unfortunately, you just find them in the internet.
My feet will stink at work even though I change shoes every day. They stink more with my shoes on and most of the time my shoes and socks don't stink at the end of the day. I suspect it is an internal problem. What can I do?
I read on a web site just a few days ago about this. Wash your feet and dry with a clean towel. When dry rub with stick deodorant bottoms, tops, and between toes. The person writing the article said it worked fine. Worth a try and it is inexpensive.
After I take my shoes off my feet and shoes smell awful. It stinks up the whole house. What can I do?
By Sue K.
Use Zeasorb AF Super Absorbent Antifungal Powder on your feet and in your shoes. Expensive medicated powder found online and at Walgreens.
Wear cotton socks. Alternate your shoes or boots.
I have visited my doctor more than five times. I used different treatments such as: Ketoconazole cream and shampoo, Itraconazole tablets for a month, and clotrimazole cream and powder for a long time. In addition to this, I would change my shoes and socks a couple of times very day; I washed my feet two times a day. But I didn't get any solution. It smells even with in an open shoe. So please I need your experience.
By Solomon B
Years ago the military used boric acid in their foot powder for stinky feet. If you take a tablespoon of boric acid powder and mix with a quart of water,then put in a spray bottle. Wash your feet before bed or after work. Sit down some where you can put your feet up, spray your feet (top and bottom) and let them dry completely. This should take about a week.
This has worked for two people I know that had smelly feet so bad they never took their shoes off until they got in the shower. One person had 3 pairs of work shoes. One to wear, one in the washer and one drying. His boss was so excited about the spay he told me "I don't care how much that stuff costs. Order him a big drum of it I'll pay for it."
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My granddaughter is 10 and has such stinky feet. I have tried everything I can think of. Thanks.
momhyde13 from W Terre Haute
By MrsMoted2 (05/17/2005)
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)
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)
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)
By dewey funk
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)
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)
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