Avoiding The Pungent Smells of Summer, How To Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Lisa Cohen Lee

how to get rid of smelly feet

It’s summer, which means your days are synonymous with sweating. Whether you’re working out or pounding the sidewalks, your feet are surely perspiring in the heat, and ok, we’ll say it— they've been getting kinda stinky. Yes, smelly feet are happening, and if you’re one of the offenders (take a whiff, and you’ll know), then we can show you how to get rid of smelly feet for good (which leaves you to worry about other things, like the right polish for your pedi).  Read on to make your feet smell very sweet:

AIR THEM OUT:  Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands on them, so anything trapped in a sock and shoe (think sneaker in the summer)  is going to reek after a hard workout or walk in the park. While it seems obvious, letting those dogs out to dry in a flip-flop will help them breathe and cool off.

SOAK THEM UP:  Soaking your feet in a watery foot-bath will lessen perspiration and cool them off. Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar (a natural deodorizer) into a lukewarm water bath; dunk your feet and relax for 15 minutes.

POWDER ON: Before you step into a pair of sandals or sneaks, dust on a sweat-absorbing powder. You can try corn starch or baking soda, both of which naturally absorb odors. Or try a foot spray that soaks up sweat and gives you all day odor protection. Always feeling tired feet? Look for one that has peppermint, which is a natural refresher that keeps feet cool and perky.

GO NATURAL: Synthetic nylons make feet hot and sweaty. If you must wear a closed-toe shoe, make sure to wear only cotton socks or another natural fiber, which allows feet to breathe.  


Do you know how to get rid of smelly feet a different way? Have you had an embarrassing situation happen because of some not so sweet smelling feet?  Share it with us in the comment section, we'd love to hear it!

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