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How to Make Your Feet Smell Better: Effective Solutions for Foot Odor

How to Make Your Feet Smell Better: Effective Solutions for Foot Odor

Foot odor can be embarrassing and persistent, but with the right approach, you can significantly reduce or eliminate it. This comprehensive guide will explore the causes of smelly feet and provide proven solutions to keep your feet fresh and odor-free.
Understanding the Cause of Foot Odor
Your feet contain approximately 250,000 sweat glands, capable of producing up to a pint of sweat daily. This excessive moisture, combined with the dark, enclosed environment of shoes, creates an ideal breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
Factors that can exacerbate foot odor include:
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Poor foot hygiene
  • Wearing the same socks or shoes repeatedly
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Using old shoes with embedded odors

Effective Solutions for Reducing Foot Odor

1. The Black Tea Soak Method

One surprisingly effective method for reducing foot odor is soaking your feet in black tea. This technique has scientific backing due to the tannic acid present in black tea.

Why it works:

  • Tannic acid kills odor-causing bacteria
  • It helps close pores, reducing foot sweating

To try this method:

  1. Brew a strong batch of black tea (use 2 tea bags per pint of water)
  2. Boil for 15 minutes
  3. Add 2 quarts of cool water to dilute
  4. Soak your feet in the cooled solution for 30 minutes
  5. Repeat daily for a week for best results


2. Practice Good Foot Hygiene

Maintaining proper foot hygiene is crucial for preventing foot odor:

  • Wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap
  • Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your  toes
  • Change socks daily, or more often if your feet sweat excessively
  • Alternate shoes daily to allow them to dry completely

3. Use An Antiperspirant Formulated For Feet

If you don’t have time for a daily tea soak, try our antiperspirants specifically formulated for feet.  They won’t cause drying and come in a roll-on or spray form. Plus additional help for shoes that smell.

Why Regular Antiperspirants Should Not Be Used on Your Feet

Regular antiperspirants are formulated specifically for underarm use and are  not suitable for the thicker skin on your feet. Using regular antiperspirants on your feet can lead to skin irritation, and dryness and may not provide the protection required for foot hyperhidrosis.

When to Seek Professional Help

If home care doesn't provide sufficient relief, consult a podiatrist. They can recommend prescription-strength treatments or explore underlying medical conditions contributing to excessive foot sweating and odor.


Combating foot odor requires a multi-faceted approach. By combining proper hygiene practices, antiperspirant products, and natural remedies like tea soaks, you can significantly reduce foot odor and feel more confident. Remember, consistency is key in maintaining fresh, odor-free feet.

Give your feet (and your loved ones) some love.  Stop the stink.

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