If smelly foot odors are interfering with your work or personal life, it is time to stop being embarrassed and alleviate the problem. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are over 250,000 sweat glands in your feet. Perspiration from these glands causes odor-producing moisture to invade your feet, socks and shoes. Potassium aluminum sulfate — known as alum powder — is a salt derivative of naturally occurring aluminum ore. Alum powder has astringent and antiseptic effects on the skin and its ability to absorb moisture makes it a convenient remedy for smelly feet. So, instead of being ashamed of smelly feet, use alum powder to rid yourself of foot odors and keep your feet fresh and moisture-free.
Wash your feet with warm water and a moisturizing soap. Use a clean towel to dry your feet and between your toes.
Sprinkle alum powder into a basin filled with warm water . Soak your feet nightly for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry them thoroughly. Sleep barefoot, allowing your feet to air out during the night.
Sprinkle alum powder inside your shoes daily. Alum powder will alleviate foot odor by absorbing sweat from your shoes. Avoid wearing the same shoes for two consecutive days.
Wear synthetic socks to draw moisture away from your feet rather than cotton socks that tend to hold moisture in. Remove your shoes for short periods and change your socks in the middle of the day to help keep your feet dry and odor-free.
If you are diabetic or if foot odor persists after treatment, seek medical advice as an infection may be present. Buy high-quality, food-grade alum powder from the baking section of your local supermarket as industrial-strength alum may cause skin irritation.