Stinky feet are a common condition across the world, and can easily cause social embarrassment and discomfort. The medical term for this condition is known as bromodosis, and it affects many people. The reason why feet stink is because not only do they have a high concentration of sweat glands, the sweat produced too does not evaporate freely because of the worn socks and shoes. This creates an appropriate environment for bacteria to thrive.

The bacteria present uses the sweat produced combined with dead skin feetcells as food, and this is what causes the feet odor. Other factors that compound the terrible foot stink include wearing the same pair of shoes repeatedly, poor body hygiene as well as hormonal changes particularly in women.

There are several natural remedies available for the treatment of stinky feet. It is important to note, however, that for these remedies to work, you must use the specific remedies repeatedly for a considerable period of time. This consistency allows your feet to re-adjust as well as help address the root cause of the smelly feet. A number of the remedies below consist of foot soaks intended to solve the stinky problem, all of which are easy to prepare.

1. Baking Soda and Citrus Foot Soak:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of baking soda, 10 cups of warm water, one lemon, a shallow basin to soak your feet in and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


The essence of using this foot soak is to tap the advantages of baking soda which not only helps to manage the foot odor, but also eliminates the bacteria that thrives on the sweat. Other benefits of using baking soda include its ease to find in local stores as well as the softening effect that it has on the feet.

The addition of lemon juice to this remedy compliments he advantages of using baking soda above, while helping to reduce the excessive production of sweat from the foot’s sweat glands. Perhaps the best thing about lemon is that it also has a refreshing smell which certainly makes it easy to deal with the stink.


  1. Place the baking soda in the foot basin and then pour in the warm water before placing aside.
  2. Avoid using hot water for this remedy.
  3. Roll the lemon on your working surface in order to allow the fibers to release the juice with ease.
  4. Squeeze the juice into the water containing the baking soda and mix well. You may throw in the lemon peels for added effects.
  5. Soak your feet in the water for 20 minutes or so before drying your feet well.
  6. Use this remedy at least twice daily for a few weeks to get rid of smelly feet.


2. Lavender Oil:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 5 Drops of Lavender essential oil, warm water in a basin and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


As expected, one of the best ways to deal with stinky feet is to use a remedy with a pleasant smell as well as excellent anti-bacterial properties. Lavender oil has both properties and this is what makes it perfect for the treatment of smelly feet. Its antibacterial properties help eliminate bacterial populations that are the root cause of foot odor. As mentioned above, use only warm water for the preparation of this foot soak.


  1. Add the lavender oil to the warm water and give it a gentle swish to allow for proper mixing.
  2. Soak your feet in this mixture for 20 minutes before drying using the towel.
  3. Use this remedy thrice daily whenever possible until you notice an improvement in the condition of your feet.


3. Epsom Salt Foot Soak:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of Epsom salt, foot basin, 10 cups of warm water and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


Epsom salts have long been used to treat disorders affecting the skin, and it is for the same reason that the salts are used to treat smelly feet. The salt, which contains Magnesium and Sulfate salts, goes a long way in neutralizing the smell. Its absorption by the feet also creates a soothing sensation which comes in handy if you have spent the whole day on your feet and in shoes. Use warm and not hot water or this effective home remedy.


  1. Place the Epsom salt in the basin and add the warm water.
  2. Stir the water to ensure complete dissolution of the salts.
  3. Soak your feet in the solution for about half an hour.
  4. Dry your feet properly after the soak.
  5. Repeat this procedure twice daily until you are able to contain the condition.


4. Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of raw organic apple cider vinegar, 10 cups of warm water, a foot basin as well as a soft towel. Cold water rinse.
 Difficulty: Easy


Apple Cider Vinegar (abbreviated ACV) is a versatile home remedy. While this may not be the first thing that comes to mind whenever you need treatment for your stinky feet, you will be amazed to know that it is one of the most effective options available. This is because it not only eliminates the smell, it also creates a harsh environment that the bacteria cannot survive in. This reduces the bacterial population, in effect helping you treat the cause of the smelly feet.


  1. Fill the basin with the 10 cups of warm water and proceed to pour in the raw ACV.
  2. Stir the resulting solution before soaking your feet in it for half an hour.
  3. Snuggle your feet and toes in the water for a few minutes while at it.
  4. After the time has elapsed, you may opt to rinse your feet with cold water for a refreshingly cool addition to the remedy.
  5. Dry your feet once you are done and allow to ‘breathe’. You may incorporate this to your daily bath routine for a couple of weeks as you monitor any improvements as far as the foot odor is concerned.


5. Black Tea Foot Soak:

Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: 5 Teabags of black tea, 5 cups of hot water, a foot basin as well as a soft towel.
Difficulty: Easy


Black tea is one of the most common home remedies for the treatment of smelly feet. This is because black tea has a high concentration of tannins. When these tannins mix with water as is the case when the teabags are submerged in water, tannic acid is created. This acid creates an unfriendly environment for the bacteria in the foot to survive. In addition to eliminating bacteria this way, the black tea foot soak also causes the contraction of sweat glands in the feet, thanks to its astringent properties. If you are looking for a simple yet effective remedy, do use the black tea foot soak.


  1. Place the tea bags containing the black tea in the foot basin and add the hot water. Unlike other home remedies, black tea is preferred for this remedy because it helps extract the tannins efficiently.
  2. Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes as the water cools a little to become tepid. This is important because not only does it draw out the tannins, it also allows the water to attain a comfortable temperature range.
  3. Soak your feet for half an hour and dry well using the towel. Find ways to incorporate this remedy into your daily hygiene routine particularly if you have been suffering from chronic foot odor.


6. Baby Powder:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Baby powder and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Baby powder is a simple yet effective home remedy for the treatment of foot odor on the go. It works amazingly well because it absorbs the excess sweat produced, thus depriving bacterial flora found on the skin food material. This helps prevent the creation of foot odor. By keeping your feet dry, baby powder is easily the most convenient remedy. Corn starch works in the same way, and may be used as a substitute for baby powder.


  1. Sprinkle some of the baby powder on your feet, making sure you pay special attention to the part between the toes as this is where the most odor comes from. You may use a piece of cotton wool to make the process easier, and simply because it is more hygienic.
  2. Do the same for your shoes in order to create a double effect for the remedy’s efficiency. Of course your feet will have some whitish residue after wearing your shoes, so you need to make sure your social space will not be affected by this.
  3. Use this remedy daily for best results, especially if you will be spending ample time in the outdoors.


7. Rosemary and Sage:

Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary and an equivalent amount of dried sage, a foot basin, 10 cups of boiling water and a towel.
Difficulty: Easy


The combination of the ingredients in this remedy creates double potency for the elimination of foot odor. It is effective, thanks to the respective properties of both herbs. Rosemary for instance, is an excellent anti-bacterial and is also a powerful astringent. What this means is that the dried rosemary not only causes the contraction of the sweat glands thus regulating sweat production, it also works to get rid of the causative bacteria. Sage is also a great antibacterial, which is why the two are used for this particular remedy. Boiling water is used in this case because it is important t soak and steep the dried herbs in order to enjoy the healing properties thereof.


  1. Pour the dried herb mixture in the basin before filling it with the boiling water.
  2. Allow the herbs to soak for about 20 minutes or until the water is just warm enough.
  3. Soak your feet in the water for 20 minutes to treat the odor.
  4. Dry your feet well and remember to use this remedy at least twice daily.


8. Sugar Foot Scrub:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Sugar in a bowl, warm water and dilute Isopropyl alcohol (IPA), foot basin and clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


A sugar foot scrub is recommended as one of the simplest ways to treat foot odor. This scrub helps get rid of the dead skin cells that the bacteria feast on thus causing the odor.. the other advantage of using this scrub is that it is a preventive measure for the development of calluses. IPA is added to destroy the bacterial populations.


  1. First dilute the IPA (using the ratio 1:5 IPA:water) and set aside.
  2. Mix the sugar with a little water before adding some of the IPA. This is important because it will allow you to create a thick paste, one that you can use to scrub your feet.
  3. Apply sufficient amounts of the scrub on your feet, making sure that you concentrate between the toes.
  4. Rub the scrub on your feet for about 15 minutes in order to completely remove the dead skin.
  5. Rinse with warm water before drying thoroughly. NOTE: To get the most out of this remedy, pre-soak your feet in warm water to soften the skin.


9. Borax Powder:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Borax powder and Vinegar solution
Difficulty: Easy


Borax powder is an effective home remedy for the treatment of stinky feet. It is a disinfectant in nature, a factor which helps destroy the bacteria responsible for the odor. You may simply use the powder on its own or mix it with vinegar to create shoe spray as outlined below.


  1. Simply dust your shoes on the inside using borax powder, preferably right before wearing them.
  2. Alternatively, mix the borax powder (half a cup of the powder and two cups of vinegar) and vinegar to create a solution which you can then mist-spray into your shoes before wearing them.


10. Salt Water Foot Soak

 Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of table salt, 10 cups of warm water, foot basin and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


Salt water soak works for you if you suffer from smelly feet simply because it draws water and excess sweat from the skin, The result is that fewer bacterial populations can survive this environment, in effect preventing foot odor. Use this remedy twice daily for a month for improved results.


  1. Place the salt in the basin and add the warm water before stirring to dissolve.
  2. Soak your feet for half an hour before rinsing and drying your feet well.


In addition to these remedies, some of the tips that may be of help include changing your socks daily, wearing open shoes as often as you can as well as choosing the proper socks. When buying socks, avoid those made from synthetic materials as these amke it more difficult for the skin to breathe, and typically worsen the odor. It also helps to ‘air’ your shoes in sunlight as this helps destroy the bacteria present. Lastly, amke sure that you dry your feet completely every time you come into contact with water.