Are you ashamed to take off your shoes at the end of the day, fearing your feet will stink out everyone around you? Get rid of those thoughts! Stinky feet are quite common – and there are ways to rectify the problem. Here are some tips!
Soak Those Bad Boys
Get deep cleaning underway by soaking your feet in a bucket of warm water mixed with Epsom salt for 20 minutes. Do this once a week for the best results. If you don’t have Epsom salt, use white or apple cider vinegar. It’ll remove moisture from your skin, making it tougher for bacteria to stick around. Pro tip: Don’t do this if you have open wounds or sores. Wait for your skin to be intact.
Change Your Shoes
Stinky feet are more likely to stick around if you wear the same shoes every day. So, switch it up! Don’t wear the same pair for more than two days in a row. This will allow your shoes to dry out, producing less moisture and bacteria.
Use a pumice stone on your feet 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells that bacteria feed on. You can find pumice stones at most beauty stores or online. Pro tip: Wash your feet with antibacterial soap beforehand and pay close attention to the areas between the toes.
Some doctors recommend Botox for stinky feet, as it can reduce sweating by up to 85%. Typically, Botox results start to happen a few days after treatment, but for some, it may take months. The biggest con of this option? Botox injections to the feet can be painful, so you’ll have to weigh the good with the bad before signing up.
Purchase Over-the-Counter Antibiotic Ointment
When bacteria and sweat meet, you have a stinky situation. Remove bacteria from the equation, and you cut the problem in half. How? Purchase an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment like Neosporin and rub a thin layer over your feet before bedtime. Put socks on and sleep the night away. Keep this up regularly, and your smelly feet problems should dissipate.