Having smelly feet of foot odour is a big embarrassment especially when people around start complaining. It’s a turn off that could make you a laughing stock.

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If you want to avoid or stop being the centre of attraction for the wrong reasons, it’s time you started taking care of those feet.

Below are a few tips on erasing foot odour and bacteria that causes smelly feet:

Scrub your feet

A quick rub with soapy water in the shower isn’t enough. The objective here is to get rid of any bacteria and dead skin cells that bacteria like to feed on.

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When you wash your feet, exfoliate the entire surface of your foot with a washcloth, brush, or any other abrasive mechanism and use anti-bacterial soap.

Don’t forget to scrub between your toes either.

Dry Your Feet Well

When you dry your feet after bathing, dry them completely. Moisture, whether it’s water or sweat, is what creates a fertile breeding ground for bacteria.

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Take the time to dry your feet thoroughly and don’t neglect the space between your toes.

Use Hand Sanitizer

It may sound weird, but a good hand sanitizer can kill germs on your feet and inhibit bacterial growth.

Use Antiperspirant

The same type of antiperspirant you apply under your arms could also be used for your feet. Just make sure to get a separate stick for each area.

Apply it to clean, dry feet at night, then put your socks and shoes on as usual in the morning. It will help keep your feet dry and fresh during the day.

Don’t apply it right before going out, or you’ll be slipping and sliding in your shoes.

Change Your Socks Daily

Socks absorb your sweat when you wear them, and it dries when you take them off. Putting on a dirty pair of socks for the second day in a row is essentially going to reheat that sweat, leading to a foul smell.

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Change your socks every day, especially if your feet tend to get sweaty.

Remove Your Shoes Often

Whenever you can take a break, and no one is looking, remove your shoes. This helps the shoes and your feet stay drier.


Use Bleach

Add about two tablespoons (1 ounce) of bleach to a gallon of warm water. Soak your feet in this solution for 5 to 10 minutes a day for a week. If you find this soak to be drying to your skin, you may apply a baby oil.

Do A Tea Soak

Soak your feet in tea 30 minutes a day for one week. The tannic acid in the tea will dry out your skin.

Use Salt Water

Apply half a cup of kosher salt for every quart of water. After soaking, don’t rinse your feet and just dry thoroughly.

Make A Baking Soda Mixture

Apply one tablespoon baking soda for every quart of water. This makes skin more alkaline, which inhibits bacterial growth.


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