Stinky feet are something that happens to just about everyone every now and again. It’s an embarrassing problem, but the great news is that with the help of simple aids such as Foot Sprays, Foot Soaks & Powders and Deodorizer balls, the problem doesn’t have to get you down.
But which one to choose with so many options out there?
That’s where we come in. We’re here to shed some light on the best products for tackling foot odor. We’ll have an in-depth look at three of the major products out there and show you which ones work best for different problems.
Before we get into the details, we’d just like to highlight the fact that general cleanliness of both your feet and your footwear is super important
Natural Foot Spray for Foot Odor
We’ve got a great recipe for an all-natural foot spray that helps kill bacteria and fungi and get rid of any foul odor.
Why is this foot spray good?
Well for several reasons…
The Grapefruit Seed Extract and Rosemary Essential Oils are great anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic agents.
The Tea Tree Oil also acts as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral
The Lavender and the Geranium Oil work at creating a gentle spray that soothes the skin
The recipe we have here actually HEALS your feet, so it’s not just going to make things smell better down there, but also kill off all the germs.
Natural Foot Spray Recipe
For the recipe you’ll need
- 1 ounce witch hazel
- ½ ounce rubbing alcohol
- 35 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
To make the foot spray:
- Add all the ingredients into a small bottle and shake well to mix everything together
- Shake before use
- Use it as many times daily as needed, especially use the spray after a shower and before putting on shoes
- The spray absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves a lovely herbal scent
There’s D.I.Y and then there’s commercial foot powders. Both work on cutting into the stench and killing off bacteria. The problem with most commercially manufactured powders however is that you have no idea what nasty additives and preservatives they stuff in there. We’ll talk about both, but DO recommend the all-natural versions that you can make at home.
Home Made Foot Powder
A simple homemade foot powder contains only two ingredients: baking soda and zinc. This mix fight odor and kills of bacteria, its super easy to use and very cost effective.
Baking Soda is a great deodorizer and is also a great germ fighter, but it’s NOT a sanitizer or a disinfectant. To effectively remove all traces of fungi and bacteria, you’ll need to add something that kills the germs, such as a few drops of Tea Tree Oil.
Commercial Foot Powder
If you do decide for the commercial brands, make sure it’s for good reason and opt to buy a brand that SANITIZES. Most commercial foot powders DO contain zinc oxide, which is a great anti-bacterial; it soothes and also relieves any pain. Some of the brands worth mentioning include On Your Toes and Dr. Scholl’s.
Shoe Deodorizing Balls
An integral, (and expensive) part of your wardrobe, shoes have to be taken great care of and kept odor free if you want to ensure their longevity. This is where “odor eating shoe balls” or shoe deodorizing balls really come in handy. They’re not that expensive and can be chugged into your shoes and do all the work for you.
Did you know?
You CAN make your own Shoe Deodorizer Balls
All you need is one briquette of plain charcoal and two old socks
To make your own deodorizer balls:
- Crush the charcoal and put it into the old socks
- Now tie them up and insert into your shoes
- Take them out whenever you want to wear the shoes and just put them back in once you’re done with your shoes for the day
So what’s the verdict then?
Why? Simply because three great methods combined makes for one wicked smelly feet plan of attack and a surefire winning idea. While the foot spray might help to kill off bacteria and fungi ON YOUR FEET, the foot and shoe powder helps to clean and clear the INSIDE OF YOUR SHOES and the Deodorizer balls help to remove any foul odor that might be lurking around in your shoes after you’ve worn them for the day.
We love all of these ideas because you can make them all at home, they cost very little to whip together and have all stood the test of time, proving to be great and reliable methods of getting rid of nasty foot and shoe odors.