Do plants wither and people faint when you take off your shoes? These remedies will keep you smelling like a rose.
- Step 1: At lease once a day, wash your feet thoroughly with soap, being sure to wash between the toes. This is where bacteria find ripe conditions to multiply.
- Step 2: After bathing, always dry your feet thoroughly with a clean towel. Putting shoes on damp feet can accelerate bacteria growth.
- TIP: Use a hair dryer to completely dry your feet.
- Step 3: Before putting on socks and shoes, apply a generous amount of talcum powder to your feet to help keep them dry.
- TIP: If your feet sweat excessively, apply a thin layer of antiperspirant.
- Step 4: Wear cotton socks, which cause your feet to sweat less than synthetic ones. Sweat causes the reproduction of foul-smelling bacteria.
- Step 5: Wear shoes made of natural materials, and avoid wearing the same pair two days in a row.
- TIP: Go barefoot whenever you can to let your feet breathe.
- Step 6: At night, steep 2 bags of black tea in 2 cups of hot water for 15 minutes. Pour into a plastic tub, add 2 quarts of cool water, and submerge your feet for up to 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea is said to temporarily inhibit sweat glands. Repeat as often as necessary.
- Step 7: Consult your physician if the odor persists. There may be a medical reason for your smelly feet.
- FACT: A Japanese insole provides a burst of menthol in every step.