Causes Of Smelly Feet: Natural Remedies For Bad Smelling Feet

It is a social stigma to have bad smelling feet; person having stinking feet will certainly be avoided in society.

Smelly feet occur due to many causes, improper hygienic care of feet is the main reason. Wearing soaked socks and shoes will allow the fungus and bacteria to thrive and cause conditions like athlete’s foot. A structural defect such as flat feet or a job that keeps you on your toes all day can be the underlying reason. In both cases the activity of foot muscles is increased. The harder your feet work, the more it perspires.

Body does it so in an attempt to cool your feet. Although excessive perspiration on feet does not necessarily smell odorous it gives an open invitation to bacteria to produce odor.

The bad odor emitted from feet is not a serious health issue, but even then a person can rely on easy home tips to get rid of this stench.

Home Remedies To Cure Bad Smelling Feet

  • Baking soda and essential oils: Prepare a foot bath with 1cup of baking soda mixed in a tub containing water; add essential oils like lavender oil or tea tree oil in small quantity.
     Now soak your feet for 10 minutes in water containing the ingredients. After the foot bath dry your feet with plain cloth, be sure to dry in between the webs of toes. Baking soda helps to absorb the bad smelly odor and essential oil act as anti-fungal and antibacterial agents.
  • Smelly feet cure with vinegar: Prepare a foot bath with mixing white vinegar in half tub of water. Vinegar helps to eradicate smelly feet odor.
  • Tea is a soaking agent which helps to keep the feet dry. It may also control foot odor. Tannin which is found in tea bags is a drying agent. Boil two tea bags in a jarful of water for ten minutes. Then add cold water to make it comfortable soak. Soak your feet for 20 minutes and pat it dry. Apply foot powder. Repeat the procedure twice to keep foot odor at bay.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes when not in use.
  • Wear cotton socks, as they allow the air circulation and allow sweat to dry.
  • Do not wear soaked socks and shoes.
  • Wash your socks regularly after wearing the whole day.
  • Change your socks often. If you sweat a lot, change your socks as frequently as possible.
  • Sprinkle sage herb into the shoes to control odor. Sprinkle them when you do not want to use them at night.
  • Sweat glands in your feet respond to emotions in the same way as sweat glands in your palms and armpits. Stress can trigger excessive sweating and that can increase the bacterial activity in your shoes, leading to unwanted bad odor.
  • Avoid eating spicy and pungent food such as garlic, onions etc. The essence of this odorous food items can be excreted through sweat glands of foot.


  1. Lynn Bowen said:

    My son has the worst foot and shoe odor I have ever smelt. I can’t seem to find anything to get rid of it. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on cures. What do u suggest I use as a home remedy for this problem? It is so bad that I have to have him put his shoes outside at night, he is really embarrassed about this.

    October 5, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Simple tricks like wearing cotton socks, sprinkling baking soda in shoes when not in use at night, and washing socks every day after wearing will remove the intolerable smell from your son’s shoes and foot.

      October 8, 2010

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