8 Surprising Home Remedies for Foot Odor

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

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There are a large number of sweat glands present on the feet, which is another reason for foot odor. The isovaleric acid secreted by these bacteria is the actual reason for the bad smell of the feet.

Home Remedies for Foot Odor

Here are some home remedies that can stop the feet from smelling so bad, thus helping you to avoid an embarrassing situation in public.

Keeping Socks and Shoes Clean

Keeping the shoes and the socks clean is the easiest way to keep the problem of foot odor at bay. Wash your socks regularly and do the same with your shoes, which are typically made of cloth. For leather shoes, keep them in the sun for some time to eliminate the bacteria. Sprinkling some baking soda inside the shoes will also help in removing the bad smell from the shoes.

Using Antibacterial Soap

The best way to eradicate foot odor is by cleaning your feet with antibacterial soap and warm water on a regular basis, at least twice a day. This will stop the bacteria that create those bad odors.

Tea Bags and Water

If the foot odor problem has become acute, use hot water and tea bag therapy to get rid of it. Take a tub of warm water and put some tea bags in it. Then, soak your feet inside the tub and leave them in for half an hour.


Most people use antiperspirants and deodorants on various parts of their body; use them on your feet as well! They will certainly reduce foot odor and retain a much improved smell for a long time. You can also use powder to stop sweating.

Boil Rice Water

One of the most effective ways to remove foot odor permanently is soaking your feet in rice water. You can put some plain rice in water for half an hour and then drain it to get the rice extract. Soak the feet in this water and the odor will never come back.

Apple Cider Vinegar

You can mix some apple cider vinegar with hot water in a small tub and place your feet in the bath for some time. This will easily eliminate your foot odor. You can also steep the socks in this water to effectively remove the bad smell.

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Kosher Salt

If your feet sweat excessively, using salt can help remove the odor quickly. Put some water in a tub and put some kosher salt in it. Mix it well and soak the feet in the water for a moderate amount of time. After that, let it dry and do not use water to rinse it any further. This will help eliminate the bacteria and the subsequent smell.

Proper Diet

Foot odor is also related to the kind of food you consume. If you eat food that has extremely strong flavors, like onions, pepper, and garlic, chances are that your feet will stink even more! Therefore, keep away from these sorts of foods if you are planning to wear covered shoes for a long time.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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