6 Simple Cures For Smelly Feet

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Summer’s soaring temperatures make you sweat more everywhere, including your feet. But this extra perspiration may be turning your feet into a stink bomb. 

The bacteria that live on your skin and in your shoes eats your sweat, producing an acid byproduct that reeks, according to a Japanese study. It’s a natural process, but luckily you can reduce the bacteria by creating a drier habitat for your feet.

Keep reading for six easy things you can do at home to eliminate bacteria so you can walk odor-free.

For Your Feet

Soak In Saltwater
Salt pulls moisture out of your skin, reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive there.

In a tub or large bowl of warm water, dissolve 1/2 to 1 c salt. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this every day for two weeks.

Add Some Vinegar
If you want to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria, bathe your feet in vinegar. It has a drying effect so the bacteria starve.

Mix one part vinegar with two parts water in a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week.

Invite Your Feet to Tea
The acid in the tea closes your pores, reducing the amount you’ll sweat. It also acts as a natural antibiotic, killing the bacteria on your feet.

Add two black tea bags to 1 pint of water and boil for 15 minutes. Add 2 quarts of cool water, and then pour the solution into a tub or large bowl.

Soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this once a day for a week.

For Your Shoes

Pick the Right Socks
Materials like nylon can trap moisture around your feet. Cotton, however, lets your feet breathe. And if you tend to sweat more than the average guy, bring an extra pair of socks with you and change halfway through the day.

Spray Your Kicks
Do your favorite pair of shoes stink to high heaven? Don’t chuck them just yet. Lysol Disinfectant Spray is the best way to salvage old shoes because it contains ethanol and other sanitizing ingredients that kill the bacteria.

First, spray the entire inside of your shoe with the sanitizing cleaning product. Then, spray clean socks with Lysol, place them inside your shoes, and leave them overnight. The socks will allow for even more Lysol to soak into your shoes.

Use a Powder
There’s no need to buy fancy deodorizing powders or spray. Just sprinkle corn starch into yours to absorb the moisture.

Source: MensHealth

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