Also known as Bromodosis, foot odour is triggered by excess accumulation of sweat and is a common problem faced by many people especially during summer season. Wearing closed footwear with no room for ventilation can worsen this problem. Although not life-threatening, this condition can prove to be extremely embarrassing
The simplest way to cast off smelly feet is by washing the foot sole which carries a lot of sweat and bacteria. Wash your feet daily with warm water and a deodorant soap. Black tea foot bath can also prove to be very helpful in getting rid of foot odour. To do so, boil 2 cups of tea bags in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Now take these tea bags off and dilute it with 2 quarts of water. When this water comes down to a normal temperature, soak your feet in it for 30 minutes.
Dust some anti-septic talcum powder and/or spray a good-quality deodorant on your feet prior to wearing your socks/shoes. Doing so will reduce the stench caused due to odour
Add 2 cup of Epsom salt to half bucket of water and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes. This acts as an astringent that reduces sweat production and decreases bacteria. For best results, perform this procedure once a day, until the problem persists.
Lavender oil foot massage daily before going to bed is another effective solution to keep foot odour at bay. Covering the feet with soaks right after a relaxing massage promotes quick absorption of oil.
In order to avoid sweat and odour, it is recommended to select footwear that offers sufficient ventilation for the feet. If you have no other option but to wear a closed shoe, sprinkle some corn starch or baking soda in the insides of the shoe before putting it on. These 2 ingredients not only soak excess moisture but also neutralize the foul odour.