This DIY foot spray recipe is perfect for spraying on feet or shoes to remove and prevent stinky feet. It is also antibacterial, anti-fungal and softening.
Have you ever experienced feeling embarrassed about taking off your shoes whenever you visit your friend’s house?
After a long day of footwork, your feet deserve a break from being trapped inside your closed shoes.
Yet instead of relief, you begin to sense something off in the air: a stinky smell permeating from your feet.
While it’s indeed embarrassing, smelly feet or bromodosis isn’t a laughing matter.
Next to bad breath, having feet that stink is one of the many hygiene-related concerns ever raised since shoes have become a daily necessity especially for work.
If you can’t help but wear shoes regularly or you suspect your feet are having hygienic issues, I suggest that you read the rest of this blog and discover a DIY recipe that will help you get rid of the stink.
I will also discuss the underlying conditions that may contribute to smelly feet and which natural remedies are proven effective to deal with this concern.
What Causes Smelly Feet?
Smelly feet are caused by the growth of bacteria that feeds on your sweat. The longer your feet stay trapped inside your shoes, the more likely they will sweat, causing the bacteria to produce isovaleric acid which results in pungent smell. When your feet sweat a lot and can’t find an opening to help them breathe, the odor stays on and get absorbed by your socks and footwear. However, a fungal infection called Athlete’s foot may also cause your feet to stink as well.
In other words, retained moisture and bacterial/fungal growth are responsible for your stinky feet.
Just so you know, our feet house 250,000 sweat glands and our soles experience the highest concentration of perspiration compared to the rest of our body.
That’s a lot of sweat, to say the least, yet the goal to look polished stands in the way of avoiding restrictive footwear.
Certain issues also contribute to the occurrence of stinky feet.
Poor hygiene, as shown by infrequent washing of feet and the use of the same footwear for days in a row, is a factor also affecting bad odor.
In some cases, though, fungi could be the culprit.
You may have acquired it from your infected nails or through contaminated surfaces you’ve walked on.
A specific fungus that causes Athlete’s foot may also feed on your sweat and cause smelly feet.
How To Get Rid Of Smelly Feet
To get rid of smelly feet, you’ll need to consider your footwear options and proper hygiene. Never wear the same shoes and socks for consecutive days. Allow these apparel to dry out before reusing. As for observing proper hygiene, you should wash your feet regularly with antibacterial soap. Deodorizing your feet also helps and you can use a foot spray to prevent excessive sweating and the resulting odor.
To add to the ideal footwear use, you should try to wear moisture-wicking and antibacterial socks.
Invest in a few pairs of shoes as well, so you can alternate between each pair and allow moisture from the recent wear to dry out fully.
And if you plan to purchase more, get the pairs that have construction and material which help your feet to “breathe” through the enclosure.
Finally, deodorizing your feet before and after wearing your shoes can help disintegrate the odor-causing bacteria that breeds on your sweat.
There are also several natural remedies that help reduce the amount of sweat on your feet to inhibit stinky smell.
Benefits Of Witch Hazel For Feet
Witch hazel gets a good rep for its astringent properties, and you can take advantage of its use for your sweaty feet.
It helps constrict sweat glands on your soles and treat excessive sweating or palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.
This means it is also an antiperspirant, aside from serving as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent.
Thanks to its tannins, witch hazel has the ability to fight the infection which brings about stinky feet in the first place.
Benefits Of Peppermint Oil For Feet
Peppermint is more than just a scent that helps deodorize the feet.
Its menthol content helps your soles to cool down as well.
This oil is among the few effective cures for Athlete’s foot based on its ability to provide relief from symptoms such as itching and inflammation.
While being antimicrobial and a natural astringent, peppermint oil also lends softness to dry, callused feet.
Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Feet
Tea tree oil is a fungicidal oil that inhibits infection-causing fungi that breed on your feet.
And while you may already have Athlete’s foot, this essential oil helps alleviate the symptoms associated with it.
It similarly cures nail infections and is a good antiseptic.
Benefits Of Rosemary Oil For Feet
Rosemary may better be suited for kitchen hacks, but it is similarly effective on your troubled feet.
It is rich in antioxidants that reverse wrinkling, as well as useful for stimulating blood circulation.
With regular blood flow coursing through your feet’s veins, nutrients and oxygen are delivered efficiently to keep your soles healthy and free from infections.
Benefits Of Oregano Oil For Feet
Aside from being a remedy for Athlete’s foot, oregano oil also helps heal cuts resulting from cracked heels, corns, and calluses.
It is an effective bacteria inhibitor that deters smelly feet.
Interestingly, oregano oil is also used on the feet to repel disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes.
Benefits Of Vitamin E Oil For Feet
Obviously, Vitamin E oil is the gold standard of moisturizer and skin oils.
Tocopherol, which is a type of Vitamin E that meets human requirements, is an excellent anti-dryness agent.
It stimulates collagen production, nourishes cuticles, and relieves itchiness and scaling of the skin.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Feet
Aloe vera is actually regarded by medical professionals as an affordable treatment for foot ulcers in diabetic patients.
It has anti-inflammatory qualities that heal wounds and cuts caused by calluses and cracked heels.
This is ideal for you if you’re suffering from skin dryness as well as symptoms of Athlete’s foot.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Feet
Coconut oil helps improve skin barrier function, so much that it restores cutaneous homeostasis or the favorable environment that is free from infections and bacteria breeding.
It similarly aids in collagen production, as well as promotes cell turnover in injured heels and calluses.
Its monolaurin component is an acid that has antimicrobial ability to stop staph bacteria strains from harming the feet.
DIY Foot Spray Recipe: Natural Antibacterial & Odor Eliminator
¼ cup distilled water
2 tablespoons witch hazel
10 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops of oregano essential oil
Optional softening ingredients:
1 tablespoon vitamin E Oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
1 tablespoon argan oil, fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil
Use a funnel to add all ingredients to a 2-3 oz spray bottle.
Spray feet before putting on socks and when removing shoes.
Spray feet at the end of the day to relieve pain and soften feet. Massage into the feet.
You could also put on some moisturizing socks followed by some heated pedicure boots to help the ingredients to penetrate into the skin.
You can also convert this recipe from a spray to a cream by removing the water and mixing all ingredients in a small pot and replacing the argan oil with ¼ cup of solid coconut oil.
Stinky feet are a product of certain underlying conditions.
Among them are poor hygiene, hyperhidrosis, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as lack of proper footwear ventilation.
But the good news is that this can be remedied.
Making some lifestyle adjustments such as alternating footwear, frequently washing with antibacterial soap, and using herbal treatments can help address this embarrassing case of smelly feet.
I hope that incorporating these powerful herbs into the DIY foot spray recipe will help simplify the solution for your condition and make you feel confident no matter where you leave your shoes behind.
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