Understanding why your feet smell—and how to cure it

Jan 5, 2019

DON'T just start the new year on the right foot, start it with a better smelling one! Stinky feet is something that plagues everyone—from athletes to couch potatoes alike. But instead of resigning yourself to a lifetime of kachichas, why not learn more about how to prevent and cure the offensive scent?

You may find it surprising that your feet have more sweat glands than any part of your body. But despite that, the sweat isn’t what causes the scent. In fact, this is actually odorless! The stink actually comes from bacteria that form when your sweat sticks to certain materials, like the soles of your shoes!

So how do you actually prevent getting stinky feet? The routine is quite simple, although admittedly tedious. According to Dr. Jane Kardashian of the American Academy of Dermatology, these five habits will greatly help prevent bacteria build-up:

  1. Regularly wash feet with soap and water.
  2. Trim toenails so dirt doesn’t build up.
  3. Wear socks that allow feet to breathe.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to kill the bacteria.
  5. Try to keep your feet dry as much as you can.

Did you know? There's this one type of alcoholic beverage that will not only be your tonic with friends in times of stress, but can also prove to be the best answer to your question on how to cure stinky feet.

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Tip: Vodka is an excellent, although quite expensive, disinfectant if you're looking to really do some major scrubbing. You can even take a swig for yourself while cleaning to make the stench a little more bearable.

For the unfortunate ones who have already cultivated a thriving bacteria colony in their feet—all is not lost, do not despair! Apart from following the 5 Habits mentioned, make yourself a DIY baking soda foot bath.

Baking Soda Foot Bath recipe:

  • Take about 3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix in water.
  • Add a bit of oil (like tea tree) in the mix, if you like, to make concoction more potent.
  • Soak feet in for about 20 minutes.
  • Use the baking soda paste as a foot rub to exfoliate.
  • Rinse off and dry feet thoroughly.

Do this routine regularly every few days to keep the bacteria at bay.

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