These are 7 proven ways to get rid of smelly feet!


Our feet have over half a million sweat glands and as you can imagine, if they are doing their job correctly, they will produce a lot of sweat. Wearing socks or closed shoes for extended time periods can cause sweat to get trapped inside. A damp environment is breeding ground for fungus and bacteria which results in a bad odor and, hence, smelly feet. While this is only natural, stinky feet can cause a lot of embarrassment, particularly in public areas. So how does one get rid of them?

You’ll be surprised to know that getting rid of smelly feet is a rather easy task. All it requires is for you to shrug off your laziness and start doing the following things!

1. Wash your feet properly

If you’re one of those people who simply throw a little water on their feet and assume that they’re clean, you need to rethink your strategy. Like I said before, after an entire day of being packed inside your shoes, your feet have an unthinkable amount of bacteria on them which will only go away with an anti-bacterial soap. Clean your feet properly and pay special attention to the areas inside the toes. If you suffer from a particularly bad case of foot odor then I recommend you use an athlete’s foot spray powder from a pharmacy and spray it on your feet before going to sleep at night. You could also ask for a recommendation from a doctor in this regard.

2. Clean your shoes regularly

All shoes need to be cleaned, not just externally but internally as well. Every weekend, take out some time to air out your shoes and clean them so that the bad odor trapped inside them is removed. Furthermore, try not to wear the same shoes every day. Doing so will make them more prone to bad odor and they will make your feet stink too.

3. Wear a fresh pair of socks every day

Do not, I repeat, do not wear the same pair of socks every day. Your socks have an entire day’s worth of sweat trapped inside them and if you wear them the next day, they accelerate the sweat generation process and make your feet sweat more. So clean your socks daily and wear a fresh pair every day. Moreover, if you sweat excessively I would recommend you buy socks made of more airy material like cotton and wool. Avoid socks made of synthetic material.

4. Use antiperspirant or sanitizer

Yes, there is a special antiperspirant for feet and can be bought from pharmacies. If you suffer from an intense case of sweaty feet, you can visit a doctor and ask them to recommend you an antiperspirant or a better alternative. Antiperspirants control the sweat production and they typically have flowery scents which will leave your feet smelling great the entire day.

Or you could use a sanitizer! After you have cleaned your feet with an antibacterial soap, dry it properly, and then apply a hand sanitizer. But make sure it properly seeps into your skin. A sanitizer will work its magic and remove any bacteria from your feet and make them clean again. Plus, sanitizers smell good too!

5. Spray your shoes with disinfectant

If your feet sweat a lot, it is highly recommended that you spray your shoes with a disinfectant. For this purpose, we’d recommend talking to your trusted doctors for a specific brand of disinfectant. A disinfectant comes with the right amount of ethanol and other sanitizing ingredients that kill bacteria and hence decrease smell from your feet.

6. Change your diet

You won’t believe it, but like other health ordeals that require a change in diet, people who suffer from an excessively bad foot odor should also try to adopt a healthy diet. People who eat a lot of processed food, refined carbohydrates, or smoke a lot of cigarettes are prone to smellier feet. The sweat discharge of people who eat these things attracts more bacteria. Switching to an all-natural diet is the ultimate solution for this problem.

7. Try these home remedies

There are home remedies for almost all our daily problems, be it a headache, skin care, facial care, or teeth whitening. There are very effective remedies to cure bad foot odor too. The following solutions will work best.

  1. Make a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar and soak your feet in it every day. This will reduce the level of bacteria and hence the bad odor as well.
  2. Take approximately one-liter water, warm it up a bit and dip 4 to 5 tea bags in it. Then dip your feet in it for 20 minutes.
  3. Take a small amount of baking soda, talcum powder, or baby powder – whichever you have at hand – and then rub it on your feet. This will absorb the moisture and reduce the development of bacteria.

Pick any of the above home remedies that seem most feasible to you and then follow them daily for clean and stink-free feet!

Faryal is a 25-year-old fitness freak who spent the better part of her life chomping burgers but now likes to indulge in a healthy salad.