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Let's Recap A Little Bit

Firstly, we learn about the root causes of stinky feet so that now we know the root cause of stinky feet is your sweat. After that, I gave you 9 tips about maintaining good foot hygiene. Then it's the previous step about taking good care of your foot gear. Now, we are moving on to stinky feet home remedies.

Are you following along with me?​

For stinky feet home remedies, it can generally be classified into 3 main methods - Powder, Foot Soak and Foot Scrub.

Let's get directly into each of them...

3 Cheap & Easy Stinky Feet Home Remedies

1. Sprinkle Powder into Your Shoes

There are quite a number of powder you can use to absorb moisture and reduce smell in your shoes. For example, you can just grab the baby powder or corn starch in your house. Simply sprinkle the powder into your shoes after you wear them. There are also foot and shoe powder which are specially made to absorb moisture and kill bacteria.

baby powder

Example of baby powder

Corn starch

Example of corn starch

foot powder

Example of foot & shoe powder

2. Soak Your Feet

Regarding foot soak, there are tons of different recipes on the Internet you can refer to. But I'm just going to introduce to you the common ones that really work. The principle of foot soak is mainly to reduce sweat and kill bacteria. The following are ingredients which are commonly used for foot soak.

  • Epsom salt
  • Tea soak
  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • (Apple cider) Vinegar
  • Lavender oil
  • Alum powder
  • Borax
  • Ginger root
foot soak

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The general guideline for most foot soak is to mix the ingredients with warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes everyday.

(I will go through in more detail for each of the foot soak in the future.)

3. Scrub Your Feet​

As mentioned in the causes of stinky feet, bacteria feed on dead skin cells. So, removing the dead skin cells on our feet by scrubbing is a good way to combat foot odor. Following is a list of ingredients you can use to scrub your feet to slough off the dead skin cells. 

There are ingredients which can be used in both foot soak and scrub. The difference is that one you use it to soak your feet the other you use it to scrub against your feet.

  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • Corn starch
  • Epsom salt
  • Talcum powder
  • Sugar
  • Pumice stone / foot file

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The general guideline for most foot scrub is to add a little bit of water to the ingredient and then slough it against your feet for 10 minutes. This should be carried out after you washed your feet thoroughly with antibacterial soap.

Pumice stone / foot file should be used while showering​.

(I will go through in more detail for each of the foot soak in the future.)


There are actually quite a lot of things that we can just grab from our kitchen to fight stinky feet. You just need to know which one to use and how to use. I will go through in more detail on how to use each of them in the future.

Generally, you will feel refreshed with a pair of clean feet after foot soak and foot scrub.

One more tip for you, things like lavender oil ​can be added to the foot SPA machine I mentioned in "maintain good foot hygiene" so that you can wash your feet while having foot soak. This is a really enjoyable and refreshing experience, especially after a hectic day.

What other effective home remedies do you have to share? Simply leave them in the comment below. I'll see you in the next step.

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