Under Normal conditions, foot odor should be lost when we apply the solutions specified in the Stop Smelly Feet post regularly.
If you have a persistent, intense and uncomfortable foot odor problem, then it is time to apply some proven homemade remedies.
The result is that we are not the first to experience the foot problem and the bad smell problem in general in 2000 years of human history, and our ancestors have implemented solutions with years of experience to solve these problems.
First of all, I must say that the following solutions are really cheap and can be prepared almost anywhere. But if you dont want to get into all these details and/or have time limitations you can try some ready products found on page Foot & Hand Care : Salts & Soaks that contain similar contents.
Here are some of the proven “do it yourself (dyi)” remedies you can try at home to get rid of foot odor problems:
Due to its antibacterial properties salt has long been used as a preservative. Salt kills some types of bacteria, effectively by sucking water out of them. Salt (especially Epsom salt) acts as an astringent to reduce sweating and may kill bacteria.
Pour 1/2 cup kosher salt into 4 cups water, soak for 10-15 minutes, and dry thoroughly. Do this weekly for the remedy to yield the desired results. Apply a moisturizer afterward.
Aside from cooking, baking soda has a variety of additional household uses and health benefits. It is used for example for mouth washing, treating heartburn, whitening teeth, improving exercise performance, treating calluses etc.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizing agent for your feet that also exhibits considerable antimicrobial properties. It deters the growth of bacteria or fungus on your feet and neutralizes the foul odor associated with them.
Fix yourself a therapeutic foot soak by adding baking soda to the water in a bathtub, and then soak your feet in it for a few minutes. I personally benefited greatly from the carbonate treatment for my heavy foot odor problem.
Vinegar is also antimicrobial, soaking the feet in a vinegar bath for 10 to 20 minutes may help to kill the bacteria or fungi contributing towards foot odor. Use apple Cider vinegar to make a vinegar foot soak and Clean the feet with a regular, soft soap before and after soaking.
Note that different types of vinegar contain varying amounts of acetic acid hence try to choose a vinegar properly. Personally, I avoid herbal or fruit vinegar as they contain additional ingredients.
Vinegar is mostly safe when used in moderate quantities. People should still use vinegar with caution, however.
It is possible for vinegar to irritate already inflamed skin. Vinegar is also not appropriate for treating wounds on the foot. People who have diabetes should avoid using vinegar for foot problems
Black Tea Footbath
Tea may help reduce the odor from your feet for two reasons. First, the considerable amount of tannic acid found in tea may help alter the pH of your skin to make it more acidic such that it becomes uninhabitable for the malodor-causing bacteria.
Second, when applied topically, tea may act as a mild astringent that can cause your sweat glands to shrink and produce less sweat.
Boil two tea bags in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and dilute the tea with two quarts of water. Let the mixture cool down if necessary, then soak your feet for 30 minutes. Repeat daily. The tannic acid in strong black tea kills bacteria and closes pores to help your feet sweat less.