If you have stinky feet and shoes, you know how it feels to be embarrassed. You get laughed at, and worst of all, you get unfairly judged. Foul odor results from sweating. When your feet sweat, bacteria come rushing and produce organic acids, which consequently lead to the stinky smell. Usually, though, sweat dries immediately off. But when you are wearing your shoes, your feet remain sweaty and invite more bacteria; the result is not only stinky feet but stinky shoes as well. How do you solve the problem of stinky feet and shoes? Here are some tips.
- Wash your feet regularly. Washing your feet often removes the bacteria lingering around your feet. Preferably, wash your feet at least thrice a day or as often as needed. You can use an ordinary soap for this, although an anti-bacterial soap will produce better results. Before putting your shoes on, thoroughly dry your feet with a towel.
- Give your feet a bath. At least once a week, soak your feet in a bath to remove foul odor. In a small tub of water, you can put one tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of baking soda. Soak your feet for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse your feet afterwards and dry them with a towel. Vinegar’s acidic content kills bacteria, while baking soda provides an environment that discourages bacteria.
- Make sure your feet are always dry. Make an effort to keep your feet always dry. You can do this by allowing the sweat to evaporate, so if you can remove your shoes for at least a while, do so. For instance, be in barefoot while in your office room, providing you are alone in your room and not meeting with a boss. And when at home, keep your slippers off.
- Use antiperspirant solution. There are lots of antiperspirant solutions you can use. For example, you can use commercially available antiperspirant foot powder. This kind of powder makes your feet less sweaty and therefore abates foul odor. There are also topical antiperspirant medications that you can apply to your feet before going to bed. The only downside to these antiperspirant solutions is that they can cause skin dryness and irritation.
- Keep your shoes dry. After every wear, avoid boxing or storing your shoes right away, as doing so will encourage the growth of bacteria. What you should do instead is to allow the shoes to dry overnight. Sprinkle baking soda over the insides of the shoes to disinfect and eliminate the odor. To hasten the drying activity, it will help if you remove the insoles and let them dry separately. Never use hair dyer for your shoes because that will cause your shoes damages. If you can, purchase shoe dyers.
- Clean your shoes regularly. Grubby shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria. So make sure the shoes you use are clean and well-kept. Also, avoid wearing the same pair of shoes everyday. That will lead to bacteria accumulation and eventually smelly shoes. At least, have three pairs of shoes to use alternately each week.
And finally, always wear fresh socks. Socks that are wet and dirty can cause more bacteria. If your socks become that any time of the day, immediately replace them with new socks. To be on the safe side, bring with you at least three pairs of socks when you go out. The best socks to use are those that are breathable and moisture-resistant. Cotton is one such example.