With the latest trends, we ditch the oldies. The sneaker trend has made us ditch the boots. The trend might make us go sockless as well. But what we can never ditch is the smell of the feet. Yes! the weird smell. Foot smell can be caused due to a number of things. It can be due to the growth of bacteria or other infections, overuse of a pair of shoes, or lack of air passage in your shoes. If you want to get rid of that foul smell, read on and try the remedies.
Wash your feet thoroughly: The bacteria if grows somewhere, keeps multiplying. Same is with the feet. If the bacteria grow on the feet, it goes on multiplying. And thus causes a foul smell. To get rid of that embarrassing odour, you must wash your feet in the shower thoroughly. Lather up your feet with soap, including the area in between your toes and rinse well.
Essential oils: Put a few drops of essential oils into your shoe to give them a refreshing smell. You can use eucalyptus, clove, or tea tree oil. You can also put the oil on a tissue paper and put that in your shoe overnight. Along with the shoe, apply the oil on your feet. This will keep your toes refreshed.
Black Tea: Black tea contains tannins which are helpful in killing the bacteria that builds up in the shoes. Black tea helps in getting rid of the smell. Take a tea bag and put it in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Take out the bag and let it cool. Put it in your shoe for about an hour. After you take it out, you will feel the difference.
Machine wash your shoes: You can put your shoes in the washing machine and wash them thoroughly. After that, put them in the dryer. Let them sit under the sun for some time and the smell will be gone.
Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row: We all have a favorite pair of shoes that we slip into everyday, but wearing the same pair of shoes for a few days in a row is a reason for the stink. Wearing the same pair of shoes back-to-back does not give your shoes enough time to completely dry. So try to rotate your collection of shoes for an odourless experience.
Use a foot powder: If you have sweaty feet, apply a foot powder or a baby powder on your feet before you slip into your shoes. The powder will keep your feet dry throughout the day.
Baking soda in coffee filter: Baking soda has thousands of uses. It can also be used to deodorize your shoes. Fill an unused coffee filter with baking soda and seal the end with tape or a rubber band. Put one packet in each shoe and leave it overnight.
Freezer: Put your shoes into a large re-sealable plastic bag and place it in the freezer overnight. The temperature of the freezer will kill the bacteria and the odour as well.
Rubbing alcohol spray: Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray it inside your shoes. The alcohol will kill any bacteria in sight. Make sure you do not overly saturate your shoes but a little of it will work.