Foot odor or smelly feet can be really embarrassing for those suffering from this problem. There are two things that are responsible for foot odor, bacteria and sweat. It is not in fact sweat that makes your feet smell but the bacteria that feed on sweat on your feet available in the form of organic acids which have a strong odor. If you are suffering from this foot odor, there is nothing to worry about. To get rid of this annoying problem, there are many natural cures which are worth trying. These natural solutions are easy to follow and offer good results. Follow one of the following treatments for a week or two and you won’t have to worry about smelly feet.

Epsom salt

Epsom Salt neutralises odor, and is very soothing for sore feet.


1/2 cup Epsom salt the other coarse salt

8 cups hot water


Dissolve ½ Cup Epsom Salt in 8 cups of hot water and soak your feet for 30 minutes 1-2 times a day. Dry them thoroughly.

Sage and Rosemary

These two herbs have antibacterial, anti-fungal and astringent properties. They minimise the production of perspiration from sweat glands. Less sweat means less hosting environment for bacteria.


1 tablespoon dried Rosemary

1-2 teaspoons dried Sage


Boil the herbs in three cups of water. To this solution add 1/2 litre of normal water to bring down the temperature. Now soak your feet for 30 minutes 1-2 times a day.

Baking soda and lemon

Natural homemade remedies for foot odor

Baking soda has too many uses but when it comes to the bad smell of feet, it can be a real miracle. It naturally helps to control odor, kills bacteria/fungi, and soothes your feet. The lemon has astringent properties and which will help in excessive sweating, plus it has a wonderful scent of freshness.


¼ cup baking soda

8 cups water

Juice of one lemon


Mix ¼ cup baking soda in 8 cups of hot water. Add the juice of a lemon and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.  Finally dry them thoroughly.


Vinegar really does a nice work against feet odor. It creates an acidic environment in which bacteria don’t thrive.


1/2 cup white vinegar

5 to 8 cups hot water


Fill a bucket with 5-8 cups hot water and add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar. Soak your feet for 15 minutes twice a day. Finally wash your feet properly and use a soap to remove the vinegar smell. Dry thoroughly when you are done.

Black tea

A very popular natural way to get rid of foot odor is the black tea therapy. It will also help in closing the pores of your feet which means there will be less sweating.


5 Bags of black tea

4 cups of warm water


Take two tea bags and boil them in three cups of water. To this solution add half a bucket of normal water to bring down the temperature of the solution. Now soak your feet in it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Finally dry them thoroughly.


A very popular natural way to get rid of foot odor is the black tea therapy as it helps to absorb moisture.


½ Cup cornflour

Hot water

Mild soap


Preheat your oven and put ½ cup of cornflour in the preheated oven for only a few minutes until it gets a light brown color.  Let it cool down to a normal temperature and then rub the cornflour in feet and toes. Leave it on your feet for 5-10 minutes and wipe them with a clean towel. Wash your hands afterwards.

Peroxide of hydrogen

Hydrogen peroxide is ideal to destroy bacteria and fungi also will help any fungus that may be clinging around or underneath your nail. Just remember it might tingle you, especially if you have chapped skin.


1 pint 3% Peroxide of hydrogen

3,5 litres of pure, distilled water


Mix the hydrogen peroxide with clean, lukewarm water. Soak for 20-30 minutes in the morning and evening every day. Finally rinse and dry them thoroughly.


  • Wash your socks often
  • Sprinkle your shoes with baking soda as it helps keep your feet dry and kills bacteria
  • Wear open shoes
  • Avoid the synthetic material in socks, that make it difficult for the foot to breathe
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