I have found a home remedy for stinky feet. Brew eight to ten tea bags in a foot tub. Allow the tea to cool slightly, and then soak your feet until the tea cools. Do this as often as necessary. The tannins in the tea do a wonderful job as antibacterial agents. Also, please advise your readers to try going barefoot as much as possible. Exposing your feet to air helps tremendously. So does washing slippers, flip-flops, or any other footwear that can be laundered.
Tannin from tea cuts down on sweating, and that may be how your treatment helps feet smell better. One major shoe firm (Rockport) has introduced shoes that can be washed in the washing machine. The company may not have been motivated by a desire to reduce foot odor, but the products may help nevertheless. Other manufacturers use high-tech materials to prevent sweat from building up in shoes where it can contribute to odor. Feet that sweat profusely are prone to becoming stinky.
I read that if you had really bad foot odor that all you had to do was urinate on your feet to make it go away. I tried this, and not only did the odor go away, but the bad painful peeling of the skin on the bottom of my feet went away also. Why would that happen?
Soldiers have used this military secret for decades to treat foot fungus and odor. Perhaps the acidity of the urine does the trick. Urea, an ingredient of urine, may also have antifungal properties.
My 17-year-old daughter has very smelly feet. I convinced her to try the urine trick, and it worked! Her foot odor is completely gone!
We have heard from veterans that urinating on smelly feet can help clear up athlete’s foot as well as foot odor. Another possibility involves zinc supplements. Here is one reader’s story: “About eight years ago, my then-12-year-old son had terrible foot odor. It finally stopped when I read in your column to try zinc. We bought generic zinc tablets, and within a week we saw dramatic improvement with just one tablet daily.” Do keep in mind that excess zinc can have deleterious effects on nerves and muscles.
For two decades, I had the worst case of smelly athlete’s foot I have ever seen. That’s really saying something, because I’m a doctor. I’ve seen (and smelled) many. The fungus also caused deep fissures in the soles of my feet and between my toes. I tried everything: griseofulvin (Grisactin), gentian violet, Clorox, Absorbine Jr., tolnaftate (Tinactin), Desenex, and white cotton socks. In the early 1990s, my mother suggested white vinegar foot soaks. I bought a gallon of vinegar and a small basin and began soaking my feet twice daily. I dried them without rinsing the vinegar off, then put on socks dusted with Desenex powder. At first the fissures stung, but the itching and smell began to fade almost immediately. I continue to use this regimen twice or thrice weekly. Soaks of five to ten minutes are long enough.
Your story is very convincing! We’ve heard from other readers who’ve had success treating athlete’s foot with vinegar.
Source Credits: Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic