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Dealing With Foot Odor From Work Boots

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Keeping feet dry, clean socks and the use of baking powder is how you can remove funky smells in your shoes. This is a guide about dealing with foot odor from work boots.


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March 6, 20050 found this helpful

I would like to know if anyone out there has any advice to get rid of foot odor. My son has a problem with excessive sweat when wearing his steel-toed boots to work. I would apperciate any help on this matter. Thank You.

Pat from Alberta


March 7, 20050 found this helpful
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Most importantly, he needs good, absorbent socks made mostly of cotton to soak up the sweat. The WorkHorse ones with Cushioned soles are pretty good. He needs to use fresh, clean socks each day.

There are sprays you can get that will eliminate the odor. Spritzing some rubbing alcohol into the boots each night might also help.

If his feet sweat excessively, a doctor may be able to help. Apart from that, antiperspirant may be helpful.

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March 7, 20051 found this helpful
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Why not fill two old socks with baking soda, then when he takes off his boots, he can put the socks in them to absorb the odor.
I know it sounds expensive, but, if you can afford another pair of boots, trading days of wearing the boots will give one pair a chance to dry out while he is wearing the other pair. Letting one pair get truly dried out and having the baking powder socks in them should solve the problem.

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By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
March 7, 20050 found this helpful
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Everyday after removing your shoes, wipe your feet, especially between the toes, with rubbing alcohol. This will kill any odor-causing bacteria. You might try wiping the inside of your shoes too so you don't re-infect yourself every time you wear those shoes.


My husband had awful, smell across the room, type foot odor before starting this regimen and now it is totally gone.

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By Suzie (Guest Post)
March 8, 20050 found this helpful
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Charcoal will absorb the bad odors. Just put some chunks of charcoal in a mesh bag inside the shoes each night. Charcoal is what Dr. Scholls puts inside their inserts specially made for smelly feet.

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By Tanya (Guest Post)
November 15, 20070 found this helpful
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I use a crystal spray every day (available from pharmacies). Similar to the crystal stick deodorants out there but in spray form. This is a deodorant that comes in regular or sensitive. Your feet are supposed to sweat every day, that's normal but this spray doesn't let the bacteria grow and therefore there is no smell. Use every morning, let your feet dry and then put on your shoes as normal.

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June 28, 20090 found this helpful
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Sprinkle Alum in your shoes and it will take the odor out of your shoes.
Thanks to Tammi for this information!

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