Ever met with this situation before: you are going to your friend’s house for a chillout night, and when you take off your shoes, a weird smell starts wafting in the air?
Everyone have an expression of distaste on their faces but were too polite to say anything, and you’re wondering if you should take off your socks because it’s either keeping them on and minimising the smell, or letting your feet breathe and your friends breathe in more odour.
If you’ve felt like this before, you’re not alone.
Smelly feet occurs when the sweat and bacteria on your feet come into contact, causing it to multiply especially in closed-toe shoes where everything is locked in.
Nobody likes to catch a whiff of something that smells like the cat dragged in so read on below to find ways of having feet that stay odourless even after a long day!
Keeping your feet clean and dry
Sounds like a no-brainer right? Washing your feet every day helps to keep the bacteria at bay and removes all traces of sweat as well. And remember, wash between your toes as bacteria tends to love places like this. After that, dry them properly and sprinkle some talcum powder if you want your feet to stay extra fresh.
This won’t just prevent smelling foot, but keeps foot rot at bay, too! You’d have been a victim of foot rot before if you’ve served in the army during your NS~
Buy a foot spray
Because foot odour is a common problem, there are several types of foot spray that are formulated just to combat this issue. Just pop over to any pharmacy and check out their foot sprays there and choose the one that you think is best for you.
Make sure that you do pick the ones that are as natural as possible so that you don’t actually cause any harm to your body by stopping your feet from perspiring!
Choose the right socks
Those socks made of synthetic fibres may come cheap but they don’t allow your feet to breathe. Instead, invest in some good quality socks made of natural fibres which will absorb the sweat and let the sweat evaporate.
Most importantly, don’t be lazy: remember to change your socks daily as yesterday’s socks are already teeming with bacteria.
Take care of your shoes
When possible, choose shoes that are made of breathable fabrics so that the sweat on your feet can evaporate. Remember to clean your shoes and keep them dry when you aren’t wearing them.
If possible, don’t wear the same shoes every day; you need to let them take a break and air them out in a bright, airy area. If you only have that one particular pair of shoes you wear daily, you now have the perfect excuse to go shoe shopping!
Soak your feet
Foot soaks have long been popular for preventing and reducing foot odour with the added benefit of letting you relax after a tiring day. Try these easy-at-home soaks below for great, odourless feet:
- Add 2 tablespoons to a big bowl of warm water and soak for 30 minutes
- Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to a large bowl of warm water and soak for 15 minutes
- Add a few drops of lavender oil to a big bowl of warm water and soak for 20 minutes
Ah, doesn’t that sound refreshing?
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