Smelly Feet? Try These 6 Homemade Remedies

Want to get rid of your smelly feet? Eliminate foot odor with these six DIY remedies using unlikely ingredients such as lemon and vodka.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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Lemon-Fresh Feet

Smelly feet? To freshen them easily, simply rub a few slices of lemon over them. This will also help prevent athlete’s foot.

Smelly Feet Start with Smelly Shoes

Keep your feet smelling fresh by sprinkling a bit of cornstarch into your shoes once or twice a week. The cornstarch will absorb moisture and odors, and you won’t be afraid to slip off those uncomfortable dress shoes under your desk. Cornstarch is a great way to prevent blisters too!

Sage for Stinky Feet

Go natural to get rid of stinky feet! Break up a few leaves of sage and spread them around inside your shoes. They’ll kill the bacteria that causes foot odor. To cut down on how much you perspire in the first place, try drinking sage tea. Herbalists say it will take several weeks, but you’ll see results!

Baking Soda Foot Deodorizer

You know that baking soda is great for absorbing odors in your refrigerator, but did you know that you can also use it to keep your feet from smelling bad? Try this odor-busting foot powder. Mix together a quarter cup of baking soda and five drops of your favorite essential oil, breaking up any lumps. Dust feet with the powder to reduce perspiration and odor. You can also sprinkle a little into stinky shoes.

Can You Use Deodorant on Your Feet?

Make your deodorant/antiperspirant do double duty: Apply it to your feet! Just as it does with your underarms, deodorant can reduce sweating and eliminate foot odors as well. A spray-on deodorant is easiest to apply to the feet, but you can also use the roll-on or stick varieties for the same great results.

Vodka for Smelly Feet

Got a bottle of vodka? Use it to fix foot odor. Saturate a paper towel with the vodka and rub it over your feet. The alcohol will instantly kill the odor-causing bacteria.

See also: DIY Pedicure: Pamper Your Feet on the Cheap

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.