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Home remedies for foot odor

Bromhidrosis is the medical term for body odor and foot order is one form of bromhidrosis. Foot order develops because of sweat glands in our feet. The glands release sweat which make are feet moist and become the ideal breeding ground for certain bacteria. The bacteria grow and feed on the dead skin in these moist areas giving out a bad smell known as foot odor. Brevibacteria, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Propionibacteria. are claimed to be the main bacterium responsible for foot odor. Wearing shoes and socks help the bacteria multiply and grow thus making the condition worse.

Home remedies for foot odor
  • Make it a point to soak feet 3 times a week in warm water which has 1 tablespoon sea salt or Epsom salt added to it. Completely dry with a clean towel.
  • Wear open toed shoes, sandals or flip flops (slippers). If you must wear closed shoes, wear ones made of canvas or leather and socks made of 100% cotton.
  • Soak feet in warm water which is made from lemon tea. To make the tea add 2-3 lemon tea bags to 3 cups of boiling water. Let the bags steep in the water for 15 minutes. Add this to 4 cups of warm water and soak the feet in it.
  • Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch to the insides of the shoes to keep feet dry.
  • Exfoliate dead skin by applying a homemade foot scrub.

Homemade Sugar Foot scrub
  • Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Ground oats – 2 tablespoons
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon/lime juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Aloe Vera juice – 2 tablespoons 
Mix all the ingredients to a paste and apply on both feet and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Homemade Coffee and Sea Salt Scrub
  • Ground coffee – 3 tablespoons
  • Ground oats – 3 tablespoons
  • Sea Salt – 3 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 3 tablespoons

Mix all the ingredients to a paste and apply on both feet and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Commercial foot odor remedies
  • Get a pedicure done twice a month.
  • Apply Tea Tree oil on feet after a bath or shower. The oil has antiseptic properties which help in killing bacteria.
  • Use an antibacterial soap and a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin.
  • Apply Neosporin, an antibiotic ointment, on washed and dried feet before going to bed. 
© 2012 Suranee Perera


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