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Foot odor is a very common disease, which makes patients feel unspeakable and ashamed. Foot odor is usually caused by foot sweat and shoes, but because human limbs and other parts of the body have more sweat glands, it is a very difficult task to cure foot odor without sweating. Of course, it is not impossible to get rid of foot odor. As long as you “take care” of your feet and shoes daily, you can ensure that you will never be troubled by Hong Kong feet again.

1: Avoid Foot odor

1. Wash your feet every day. To keep your feet clean, it is important to keep them clean. Wash your feet with warm water and soap every day. can effectively remove dirt, foot sweat, and fungi that can cause odors. Don’t forget to wash your feet specifically when you take a bath. Many people ignore this step or wash it very perfunctorily. In fact, the feet are the same as the rest of the body and need the same care.

  • Wash between the toes and between the nails, which are usually hiding places for bacteria.
  • If your feet smell, wash them several times a day. Once in the morning, once at night, after exercise, or after sweating.

2. Exfoliate the feet. Removing the dead skin on your feet can also prevent beriberi. You might as well rub your feet with a household scrub or pumice stone, or go to a beauty salon for a nail treatment.

  • Toenails are also kept clean and neatly trimmed at all times to prevent bacteria from getting in.
  • Apply lotion to keep your feet’ skin soft and healthy. You can try lavender-flavored or mint-flavored lotions to “neutralize” an athlete’s foot.

3. Keep your feet dry. Athlete’s foot is caused by bacteria, and bacteria are most likely to breed in a humid environment. When your feet are wrapped in wet socks and shoes, the bacteria will take the opportunity to breed and attach to your feet, thereby producing an athlete’s foot. Keeping your feet dry means avoiding dampness, which naturally leaves no chance for bacteria.

  • After taking a shower, be sure to dry your feet, including your toes.
  • After drying your feet, smear your toes with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can further dry the skin between the toes.

4. wear socks. If it’s convenient, you must wear socks when you wear shoes. Socks can help absorb moisture. So if you don’t wear socks, your foot sweat will rub directly into your shoes or stay attached to your toes. So when you wear boots or sneakers, Remember to wear a pair of socks.

  • When you wear pumps or single shoes, it may not be suitable to wear ordinary socks. At this time, you can buy several pairs of invisible boat socks, which are specially designed for this kind of shoe. You can buy them in general stores.

5. Wear the right socks. If you wear the wrong socks, your athlete’s foot will continue. Remember to wear clean socks. Don’t wear the same pair for several days. Try to choose synthetic fibers in terms of materials. 

  • Choose cotton socks carefully. Cotton socks will absorb moisture from your skin, dry your feet, and produce a bad taste.
  • Try wick socks that help your feet dry, or sports socks with good ventilation performance, or wear antibacterial socks, which are made of special materials to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  • Whether you are wearing synthetic fiber or cotton socks, it is important to ensure good breathability.
  • Turn the inside and out when washing the socks to clean the dead skin and moisture inside the socks.

6. Use antiperspirant for feet. Antiperspirants contain antiperspirant ingredients, which can prevent sweat production, while deodorants can only help you cover an athlete’s foot, so make no mistake. Spray a little antiperspirant on your feet before going to bed, so that the active ingredients inside have enough time to penetrate into your foot skin and play an antiperspirant effect the next day, but don’t forget to spray a little between your toes, Here is the “hardest hit area” of sweaty feet.

  • You can spray a little more before putting on your shoes the next morning, but don’t just spray in the morning, because if you start sweating after putting on your shoes, it will easily remove the antiperspirant ingredients.

2:Avoid Smelly Shoes

1. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes for two days in a row. Keep a few pairs of shoes and change them so that your shoes have at least 24 hours to breathe and dry. This prevents the growth of moisture and bacteria.

  • If you exercise every day, buy two pairs of shoes. One of the main causes of foot sweat is sports. Athletes’ shoes are usually where smells gather, so you can prepare two pairs of shoes for a change in a week so that each pair of shoes has enough time to dry.

2. Sprinkle a little deodorant powder on the shoes. You can sprinkle some baking soda or talcum powder in your shoes when you are not wearing them.

  • Baking soda is effective in neutralizing odors. It can neutralize the pH of foot sweat, reduce the production of bacteria, and help absorb excess water. You can put some baking soda in the shoes you are not wearing temporarily, or even wipe some on your feet before putting on socks.
  • You can also apply cornstarch on your feet before putting on shoes to absorb excess water.
  • Applying antibacterial cream can also effectively reduce the number of bacteria.

3. Use antibacterial and deodorant spray. Spraying a deodorant disinfectant spray on the shoes can help reduce odor, and rubbing the inside and outside of the shoes with rubbing alcohol will have the same effect.

4. Barefoot. Let go of your feet when you are at home. If you can do without shoes and socks, if you feel cold, wear a pair of clean and soft thick socks to absorb sweat from your feet.

5. Wear the right shoes. A big factor for sweaty feet is that shoes are not breathable. When buying shoes, try to choose good breathability. Plastic and rubber shoes can not be worn because they are usually not breathable.

  • Choose leather, canvas, and mesh shoes to ensure air circulation around the feet.
  • Wear open-toed shoes if you can. Open-toed high heels, sandals, flip-flops, etc. ensure the circulation of air around the feet and reduce foot sweat as much as possible.

6. Wash your shoes regularly. If your shoes are machine washable, then throw them in the washing machine every one or two weeks. You can also add baking soda to deodorize them.

  • Wash socks regularly. Adding a little baking soda or bleach can effectively deodorize.
  • Do not use a dryer to dry sneakers. Put the sneakers on top of the dryer and let the heat from the machine dry the shoes, or let them dry naturally.
  • If your shoes must be washed by hand, clean them with hot water and baking soda.

7. Try to avoid getting the shoes wet. If you must go out on snowy and rainy days, remember to wear suitable shoes to prevent getting wet. If the shoes are already wet, make sure to dry them in the correct way, otherwise, the shoes will emit a bad smell.

  • Dry shoes prior to clothes, use a hairdryer or sunlight, and must be as fast as possible to prevent the smell of shoes.
  • If you have to go out and do not have waterproof shoes, consider buying a pair of plastic shoe covers, which are generally available in large shopping malls.

3: Other Home Remedies

1. Squeeze a little hand sanitizer on your feet after cleaning. After you wash your feet with soap and warm water, you may wish to consider putting some antibacterial hand sanitizer on your feet, which may also prevent the production of bacteria on your feet.

2. Soak your feet with Epsom salt. Epsom salt can neutralize odor and inhibit bacteria. Dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt in eight cups of warm water. Soak your feet for half an hour every day. After that, don’t wipe off the salt attached to your feet. Just wait for it to dry completely. Soak your feet before going to bed, and do not wear socks after soaking to go to bed.

3. Wash your feet with vinegar. Vinegar is an acidic substance, and bacteria are difficult to survive under its action. Pour half a cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, mix it with six cups of hot water, and soak for 10-15 minutes.

  • After soaking, wash your feet with soap and dry them thoroughly to remove the vinegar smell from your feet.

4. Wash your feet with black tea. I believe many people have heard of the prescription for soaking feet in black tea to remove athlete’s foot. This is because the tannins in tea are generally believed to create a micro-environment that is not suitable for bacterial growth, and thus has antibacterial effects.

  • Put five black tea bags in boiling hot water. After mixing the tea, pour four cups of cold or warm water-to prevent your feet from being scalded, soak in this way for 20 minutes a day.
  • Another method is to use green tea, which also has antibacterial properties.

5. Rub your feet with lime. Cut the lime in half, wipe the left and right feet before going to bed, and then wait for it to dry completely. The acidic substances in limes are also believed to have antibacterial effects.

  • Lime can be replaced with lemon. You can also mix lime or lemon and baking soda to soak your feet.

6. Use hydrogen peroxide. Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of water and wipe your feet with a towel dipped in the mixture. This will also remove some bacteria.