Bacteria, fungi, and goodness knows what else can thrive between your toes and inside your shoes. For reasons that are not entirely clear, some people have the smelliest feet imaginable. We have collected all sorts of fascinating remedies for this condition.
My 12-year-old daughter is a ballet dancer and has started pointe. Her feet smell so bad we gag if she takes her shoes off. Do you have any remedies for foot odor?
Foot odor seems to be a common problem among young ballerinas. The mother of a 20-year-old dancer offered this advice: “First, get some shoe dogs. These are cedar-filled bags that absorb the moisture in the shoe and help with the odor. Second, ballet students also wear classic soft ballet slippers. Canvas slippers are better than leather ones, since the canvas kind of slipper can be washed every other week if the need arises. With daily ballet classes, shoes don’t dry out, so purchasing a few pairs will help. They should be stored in mesh bags, not plastic, and outside the dance bag, not in it. Third, you might try a dry, rub-on antiperspirant on the feet once a day. This also helped my son with his sweaty, smelly soccer feet. Fourth, if she is new to pointe, she may be wearing pads in her ballet shoes to protect her toes. She should use natural lamb’s wool pads that allow the skin to breathe.”
My son-in-law and grandson have the worst smelly feet. They can clear a room in a manner of minutes. Actually, all the men in their family suffer from this. Help!
Soaking the feet in a baking soda or in an Epsom salt solution may be helpful. Some people report that chlorophyll tablets or zinc can banish the odor. Your relatives should be cautious about zinc, though. Too much can interfere with the body’s balance of some other minerals.
I’ve had success with Listerine for smelly feet. If it kills germs that cause bad breath, it might KO germs that cause stinky feet. I applied Listerine to clean feet and wiped out the insides of my shoes as well. At the end of the day, my feet and shoes are odor free.
The herbal extracts and alcohol in Listerine are versatile for battling fungi and bacteria that can cause odor or itch.
Source Credits: Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic