5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

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Foot Baths – Smelly Feet, what is the cause of it? When you think that your feet have thousands of sweat glands that generate close to one cup of sweat per day, it’s no wonder it a breeding ground for bacteria. 

While sweat is basically odorless, it’s when it comes in contact with bacteria that turn your feet smell from good to bad in a hurry. And if you don’t take care of the bacteria in a proper fashion, it could cause serious problems down the road.

Then throw non-breathable socks and shoes into the mix and your feet are in a constant battle to stay odor-free and fungus free at the same time.

With me, I am always on the go and even with the foot care precautions I take daily, I always seem to suffer from smelly feet at the end of the day.

If you are like me that suffers from smelly feet throughout the day, there are DIY footbath solutions that you can do at home that can help get rid of your smelly feet. If you are curious about the 5 foot bath solutions I use to take care of my smelly feet, then read on to find out.

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

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5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Salt Water Soak

Epsom Salt naturally pulls away moisture, which means that bacteria have less of a chance to flourish when it’s used. 

What you will need for an Epsom Salt Foot Bath:


Dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salt in 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet for at least 30 minutes 1-2 times daily. Dry thoroughly afterward.

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Sage and Rosemary Soak

Sage and rosemary are astringents which is great for helping reduce the size of the sweat glands on your feet, plus they both have natural antibacterial and antifungals properties.

And when it comes down to smelly feet, the less sweat your feet have means a less ideal environment for bacteria to harbor in.

What you will need for a Sage and Rosemary Soak:


Fill a foot bath with boiling water and add the herbs to it. Let it herbs and water sit until it is cool enough to put your feet in, but yet, still warm. You should soak for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily.

Baking Soda and Lemon Soak

Baking Soda and Lemon Soak

Baking soda has too many uses, you can deodorize your fridge with it, and make banana bread with it, but when it comes to foot odor, it can be a true marvel.

It naturally helps curb odor, destroy bacteria/fungus, and relaxes your feet as well. Lemon is an astringent, which like Sage and Rosemary, helps with excessive sweating causing food odor, plus it provides a fresh citrus scent to your feet.

What you will need for a Baking Soda and Lemon Soak:


Empty ¼ cup of baking soda in your foot container, and then add 8 cups of warm water. Squeeze as much juice as you can from one lemon, and slide feet in. Soak for 15-20 minutes or so, and then dry completely.

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

Apple cider vinegar might not seem like the first thing you want to sink your smelly feet in, but it does a fine job of getting rid of the odor. It produces acidic conditions that bacteria have a hard time flourishing in, decreasing the number and the smell.

What you will need for an Apple Cider Vinegar Soak:


Fill a foot bath with 5-8 cups of warm water and add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to it. Sink your feet in the bath, move the mixture around with your feet, and soak for 15 minutes twice a day. 

Dry completely when you’re finished you can rinse them in cold water afterward if you want.

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Lavender Oil Soak

Lavender oil is something that I love to smell, I place on pretty much everything in my house to relax me. But, besides the benefit of lavender relaxing us, it has amazing antibacterial properties to keep your feet smelling fresh.

What you will need for an Lavender Oil Soak:


Simply place a few drops of the oil in a basin of warm water and soak your feet in the solution for about 20 minutes. Do this daily for up to two weeks to keep your feet smelling fresh.

As with any foot bath, it’s important that you thoroughly dry your feet afterward to help keep moisture, sweat, and bacteria at bay.

Treating Smelly Feet Professionally

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

If foot bath treatments are not doing anything for controlling your smelly feet, you can seek professional help from your doctor. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication or other forms of therapy to control your smelly feet.

Here are just a few ways in which you can control foot odor.

Over-the-counter Antiperspirants

Available at any pharmacy or grocery store, antiperspirants are not expensive, and great remedies in treating excessively sweaty feet which is the breeding ground for bacteria.

Studies show that antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride are the most effective and fight off sweat the best.


This is a treatment for extreme sweating where a device passes direct electricity through the skin with the use of tap water.

You’ll need a physician’s prescription for this 10-20 minute treatment. It works very well for very sweaty feet.


If you’re frightened of needles, this may not be a great option for you, but Botox can be very useful in managing the amount of sweat, although it’s only recommended for the treatment of underarm sweating.

Other Ways To Control Foot Odor

5 Most Effective Foot Baths to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Now that you are prepared with the many treatments above to control smelly feet, there are other preventative measures you can do in order to maintain odor-free feet.

The first thing you should do in controlling stinky feet is to deodorize your shoes. Getting rid of the smelly feet is really simple and hassle-free with some methods being much more efficient than others.

There are many ways that you can deodorize your shoes. Here’s a selection of the most useful and fast working methods.

Cat Litter

This option to control smelly feet may seem strange, but it really is an effective way to control shoe odor.

This simple method is to fill an old sock with cat litter, tie it up at the top to ensure cat litter doesn’t escape, and let it sleep in your shoe for the night.

It’s an excellent way of storing your shoes overnight, this way when you want to wear your shoes you simply remove the sock from the shoe and place it in an area like a cupboard to be reused the next day.


Used mostly in air filters due to its amazing deodorizing properties, Coconut activated charcoal can really work miracles in getting rid of odor in your shoes.

To use it, fill a cloth bag (old socks will work as well) and then let the bag sleep in your shoe overnight to get rid of any foul smells.

Tea Tree Oil Deodorizer Spray

Tea tree oil can be used on both your feet as well as in your shoes. An excellent tea tree oil deodorizer also provides a fantastic smell of mint, eucalyptus, and thyme.

You can spray Tea Tree Foot Spray in your shoes and directly on your feet.

Shoe Deodorizing Balls

I personally use shoe deodorizing balls as part of my daily routine to control my stinky shoes. They are an inexpensive method of controlling shoe odor for those pairs of expensive pair shoes that need some TLC.

Moisture-wicking Socks

Sweaty feet promote stinky feet. A great way to keep your foot odor under control is to wear proper sweat-absorbing socks. There are great active clothing brands(Lululemon, Nike, Adidas, etc.) that make socks designed to fight foot sweat and odor. 

Look for these features when searching for moisture-wicking and anti-odor socks:

  • Anti-Odor Properties – Socks infused with silver anti-odor technology stops odor-causing bacteria.
  • Moisture Wicking – Moisture-wicking fabric keeps sweat away from your feet. Less sweat on your feet means less stink in your shoe.
  • Breathable – Mesh ventilation zones improve air circulation, keeping feet cool and dry.

Stinky Feet Tips

  • Wash your socks often.
  • Use cat litter, baking soda, or charcoal in your shoes to help keep your shoes odor-free.
  • Wear open-toed shoes when possible.
  • Use Moisture-wicking socks to help your feet breathe


Now that you know how to get rid of smelly feet properly through foot baths and other products, you are now in control of your feet.

While all of the methods above may work for some, and may not work for others, it all about controlling your smelly feet by eliminating bacteria and excessive sweat.

Smelly feet isn’t fun for anyone, but with a little bit of commitment, understanding, and some awesome foot baths on your side, you can control this unpleasant condition.

And that’s a wrap, I hope you enjoyed our post, packed foot odor tips, to help get your smelly feet under control.

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