Our worst nightmare? Stretching out on our bed with the latest Mr. Frisky, asking for a foot massage, and seeing his face turn green. Sure it’s a long running joke that people’s feet smell, but the laugh’s on you when sweaty socks or old slippers turn your toes rancid. Instead of asking your pedicurist to add an air freshener to your foot soak, follow our simple steps to scentless tootsies.The Problem with Shoes:
If your shoes smell as bad as your feet, guess what? They’re the problem. You’ve either got to toss them, or give them a good washing and let them dry thoroughly before you slip them back on. There’s always odor-killing powders, but our advice is to kiss them goodbye and wear shoes less frequently indoors.
Like soft little smell traps, socks aid in the growth of bacteria and lock in moisture. Try going without them a few times a week, especially in warm weather. When you wash your socks (which you should do each time you wear them) turn them inside out.
Scrub Your Feet:
As obvious a suggestion as this is, many people do not wash their feet daily. Using warm soapy water, scrub your feet using a loofah and rinse thoroughly. You can also use a pumice stone to remove dead skin from your feet that contributes to the growth of bacteria and odor. Be sure to dry your feet completely before putting on socks and shoes.
Soak Your Feet:
Try soaking your feet in warm, salty water for about 20 minutes. You can also try mixing in several tablespoons of baking soda.
Taking it a Step Further