6 Tips & Tricks To Banish Stinky Feet

Stinky feet can be really uncomfortable. Some people even feel awkward taking their shoes off  in front of strangers. But it's very easy to take action against "cheesy" feet. The smell doesn't actually come from the feet themselves, but from bacteria that feed on your sweat. The less you sweat, the fewer bacteria there are.

1. Epsom Salts Foot Bath

Epsom Salts helps neutralize odors. At the same time, it's a good remedy for painful feet and for optimizing your magnesium intake.

You'll need:

  • approx. 2 oz Epsom salts
  • approx. ½ gallon warm water
  • 1 large bowl or 1 bucket

Here's now:

Dissolve the salt in the water.  Soak your feet one to two times a day for 30 minutes. After the bath, dry your feet well, including between your toes.

Purux Magnesiumsulfat Bittersalz/Amazon

2. Sage & Rosemary Foot Bath

Sage has anti-bacterial properties and prevents athlete's foot. Rosemary is also good against bacteria and fungus. In addition, it helps minimize your pores, which in turn helps you sweat less. And less sweat means fewer bacteria.

You'll need:

  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 large bowl with a ¼ to ½ gallon hot water

Here's how:

Fill the bowl with the hot water.  Then, together, add the sage and the rosemary. Steep the herbs for 10 minutes. Then bathe your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in this bath.

herbs from S. Erasmo at the Rialto produce market

3. Baking Powder & Lemon Bath

Baking powder is not only one of the best natural cleaning products with various possible applications at home, it's also a real wonder weapon against stinky feet. It helps to naturally reduce odors, bacteria and fungus, and at the same time it makes your skin smooth. On top of this, the lemon gives your clean feet a fresh scent.

You'll need:

  • 9 oz baking powder
  • ½ gallon warm water
  • juice of a lemon
  • 1 large bowl

Here's how:

Sprinkle the baking powder in the bowl, then pour the water in. Add the lemon juice and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in the mixture.

Rosemary Lemon Fusilli

4. Extreme Vinegar Bath

Some people think vinegar smells strong, but it's a great way to neutralize odors. It creates an acidic solution where bacteria have no chance of surviving.

You'll need:

  • 9 fl oz apple cider vinegar (sometimes called apple vinegar)
  • ¼ to ½ gallon warm water
  • 1 large bowl

Here's how: 

Fill a bowl with water and then pour in the apple cider vinegar. You can also use this method twice a day. Let your feet soak for 15 minutes each time.

My feet

5. Black Tea

Soaking your feet in black tea is a popular method for taking on smells in a natural way. Although it can sound weird at first, this method has persisted thanks to its reliability and effectiveness.

You'll need:

  • 5 bags black
  • ¼ gallon hot water
  • 1 large bowl

Here's how:

Put the hot water in a bowl and suspend the teabags in it. Let the tea steep for approximately 10 minutes. Bathe your feet in the brew once a day for at least 20 minutes.



6. Onion Slices

One onion slice under the sole of your foot not only protects against unpleasant odors (by killing germs), but the phosphoric acid it contains also cleans your blood.  The stimulation of your sole also acts a bit like acupuncture, relieving pain and helping you relax.

You'll need:

  • 1 thick slice of an organic onion

Here's how:

Before going to bed, place a slice of onion under the sole of your foot and pull a sock on over it. Now all you need to do is go to bed and have a good night's sleep.

Finished Onion Sock

Now you have an insight into the numerous, natural DIY methods for finally tackling that little problem with your feet. And in doing so, you're doing something that helps your fellow human beings too. Just pick your favorite and you're good to go!


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