At the end of a hard day at office, when you return home and take off your shoes, do they smell? If yes, you have the problem of stinky feet, a very common problem faced by scores of people. Though the problem is grave considering it causes a lot of discomfort to the person having it and also the people surrounding him/her, generally no one likes to consult a health expert on this. Reason: it is considered as an embarrassing issue. So we list here some simple remedies you can try within the confines of your home to get rid of this problem.
In a tub of warm water, put in some Epsom salt (sendha namak) and soak your feet in this water for about half-an-hour. This will not only relieve you of the pain, if any, in feet but also the smell.
Salt removes the moisture present in the feet and make these dry, helping thereby in reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive there.
In a tub of water, put some vinegar and soak your feet in it for half-an-hour. You can do this daily for a week or till the time the feet stop smelling.
Vinegar too has a drying effect which stops the bacteria from further breeding.
Add two black tea bags to half-a liter of water and boil for 15 minutes. Now put it in a tub and add some cold water so that entire solution turns warm. Soak your feet for 30 minutes in this solution.
The acid in the tea closes the pores present on the skin of feet. It also acts as a natural antibiotic and kills the bacteria present on the feet.
Sage and Rosemary
Boil one teaspoon of dried rosemary and half-a-teaspoon of dried sage in half a liter of water. Then add some cold water in this to make it warm and soak your feet in this for about half-an-hour.
Sage has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, and is also an astringent. Rosemary is antibacterial and anti-fungal and an astringent as well which means that both help minimize the production of sweat from the sweat glands. Less sweat means less bacteria and less smell.
Baking Soda and lemon juice
In about one litre of water add one-fourth cup of baking soda and juice of one lemon. Soak your feet in this water for about half-an-hour. Baking soda is excellent for reducing foot odour as it kills both bacteria and fungus, and also softens your feet. Due to it being citrus, lemon is an astringent and it reduces excessive sweating that causes smelly feet
Put a few drops of lavender oil in a tub of water and soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes. This oil not only smells good but also helps kill the bacteria. In addition, it also has antifungal properties that are effective in treating foot odor.
Mix one teaspoon of alum (fitkari) powder in one cup of warm water, and wash your feet with it. Then dry your feet thoroughly and sprinkle some alum powder on them. You can do this before putting on socks and shoes. Alum powder has astringent and antiseptic properties due to which it inhibits the growth of bacteria.