How to Naturally Get Your Feet to Stop Stinking

by Mary Ylisela

Nothing is more embarrassing than removing your shoes, only to have your stinky feet fill the room with odor. Foot odor develops as a result of bacteria that form naturally as your feet sweat. Bacteria feed off natural oils released by the feet, as well as dead skin cells. When the tiny organisms release the waste after eating the oils and dead skin cells, the resulting organic acids in the waste cause unpleasant foot odor. Preventative measures can naturally help you get rid of stinky feet.

Items you will need

  • Bucket
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Towel
  • Cornstarch
  • Natural fiber socks
  • Baking soda
  • Dried sage leaves
Step 1

Fill a bucket with one quart warm water. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to create a natural foot deodorizer. Soak your feet in the diluted vinegar solution a couple times each week to neutralize foot odor.

Step 2

Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing or showering. Sprinkle the soles of your feet and between the toes with cornstarch to absorb sweat and natural odors. Wear natural fiber socks to avoid holding odors inside the socks, where they will multiply.

Step 3

Sprinkle dried sage leaves inside your shoes each morning to act as a natural odor absorber. Use store-bought dried sage or hang-dry sage picked from your garden.

Step 4

Empty out any remaining sage leaves when you arrive at home each night. Add baking soda to the shoes to absorb odors while you sleep. Allow your shoes to air out in a protected area outside or indoors, near an open door or window.

Tips

  • Wash your feet with antibacterial soap. Foot odor is often caused by odor-causing bacteria, which can be reduced or eliminated by using antibacterial soap in the bath or shower.

    If you suffer from excessive sweating, such as hyperhidrosis, change your socks several times over the course of the day to reduce foot odor.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.