Try to hop in the shower or the tub and give your feet a wash with antibacterial soap every day. Use a washcloth or a loofah to scrub all over, and don’t forget to get in between your toes! Rinse your feet well with warm water, then dry them off completely with a clean towel.
- Make sure you wash your washcloth or loofah often to avoid a bacteria buildup.
- Drying your feet off well is super important. Moisture breeds bacteria which can lead to more of an odor.
If you notice any hard areas of dead skin on your feet, use a foot file to gently file them down until they’re gone. Go gently at first and use caution on the other parts of your feet, as foot files can cause irritation.
- You can buy a foot file from your local drugstore or home goods store.
- If you have trouble filing down your feet, try doing it right after you get out of the shower. The skin will be a little softer, so it should be easier to remove.
- Vinegar kills the fungus that could cause foot odor. In a large tub or bucket, combine 2 parts water with 1 part white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Stir it together and soak your feet in the mixture for 20 minutes, then rise your feet off. You can do this once a week to get rid of foot odor over time.
- If you have any sores or open wounds on your feet, don’t do a vinegar soak. Vinegar is very irritating, and it could cause you pain.
- These socks will help wick away sweat and odor. Go for cotton or wool socks to make sure they let your feet breathe, even when you’re sweating. Try to stay away from synthetic socks or tights, as they can make your feet sweat more.
- Try looking for special socks made for athletes that are designed to wick away large amounts of sweat.
- Socks absorb a lot of sweat (and therefore smell). Try not to rewear your socks, especially for multiple days in a row. If your feet get super sweaty throughout the day, you could even carry an extra pair of socks and change them halfway through.
- Always wear socks with close-toed shoes.
- Let your shoes air out for 24 hours before wearing them again. If you can, try to alternate the days that you wear certain shoes. Your shoes will be less stinky, and you’ll get some variety in your wardrobe, too.
- It might be helpful to have a couple of pairs of the same style shoes. For instance, you could buy 2 pairs of running shoes just in case you go to the gym 2 days in a row.
- A little bit of baking soda can absorb odor and sweat. When you take your shoes off for the day, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the inside of them and leave it there overnight. Before you put your shoes on again, simply dump the baking soda out into the garbage for fresher smelling shoes.
- If your feet start to feel dry or irritated, go a few days without using baking soda. You may need to take periodic breaks from it.