The temperatures are dropping and that is sure to have an impact on the type of shoes we are going to wear. Sealed inside our winter boots, our feet start to release undesirable odours, which makes us think twice before removing our shoes if anyone else is nearby. And unfortunately, washing your feet is not always enough to solve the problem… Here are some tips and recommendations to help you out.
1) General recommendations
- As well as washing your feet with care, try exfoliating them to remove the dead skin cells that have built up. After washing your feet, dry them well: in fact you need to avoid humidity as much as possible. Humid environments are not good for your feet and can lead to fungal infections.
- Applying deodorant or talc can help prevent excessive sweating, which thus prevents odours.
- Avoid socks made from synthetic fibres, and go for cotton instead. Check the material and the type of the shoes you are wearing as well.
2) Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, works as a natural deodorant that fights against excessive sweating, and it is particularly good for fighting odours. Replace talc and deodorant with this powder.
3) Apple cider vinegar
This regulates the skin’s pH and eliminates bacteria. To use it, prepare a basin of hot water, into which you add 5 generous spoons of apple cider vinegar. Leave your feet to soak in it for around 10 minutes.
Sage eliminates bacteria and combats excessive sweating. You can use it in two ways: put some dried sage leaves into your shoes, or soak your feet in water infused with sage for a quarter of an hour.
Ginger is an antibacterial and it combats odours. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps stop your feet from swelling. Take an average sized root and mix it with water. Place the mixture on the heat for around a quarter of an hour and use it to massage your feet at night before going to bed.
6) Rosemary, lemon and mint
This remedy fights against sweating, eliminates the bacteria that create bad odours and it deeply cleans the feet. You simply need to mix the juice of one lemon, one spoon of rosemary and a spoon of mint in a litre of lukewarm water. So what next? Use it as a foot bath for around fifteen minutes. Dry your feet well afterwards.