Stave Off The Stench


When I saw this post from Men’s Health entitled “How to Cure Stinky Feet,” I was intrigued. Not to name names of course, but I do know someone whose feet could knock you over when they remove their shoes at the end of the day.

So as a public service to this anonymouos person, and those that they love, here are a few ways to tame the stench…

Salt tends to pull the moisture from your skin, thus reducing the bacteria that survives there. It is suggested that soaking feet for 20 minutes a day in a solution of coarse kosher salt and warm water over a period of two weeks could have a positive effect.

Or, you could try to dry out the bacteria by soaking in one part vinegar and two parts water for 30 minutes each day for a week.

If turning your feet into a salad isn’t appealing, perhaps this is more your cup of tea. Brew some strong, black tea, and add cool water. Soak away the smellies for 3o minutes a day and let the acid in the tea act as an antiboitic to kill that nasty bacteria. Munching on a scone while you soak is optional.

In the meantime, stick to cotton socks, which allow your feet to breathe. As a courtesy to others, consider changing them mid day.

Spray your shoes with a disinfectant like Lysol. Saturate a pair of socks with it and stuff them into the shoes to marinate over night and help eliminate odors. Personally, I prefer Fabreze, but it doesn’t have the antibacterial punch of good ‘ole Lysol. It does however smell nicer, which is the end game here, isn’t it?

Sprinkle a little baby powder or plain old corn starch into your shoes to absorb sweat and odor. They will also soak up the stink during the day.

photos: Glasshouse Images

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