5 Homemade Foot Odor Remedies

Certain natural ingredients can help fight food odors and the sweat and bacteria that cause them
5 Homemade Foot Odor Remedies

Last update: 24 November, 2018

Having foot odor is an embarrassing problem that most people will unfortunately experience at some point in their lives. It’s caused by certain types of bacteria coming into contact with the skin, along with sweat and dirt, which can happen without warning.

While there are plenty of products that help keep your feet dry and smelling clean, some additional “help” is sometimes required to make that odor go away once and for all. That’s why this article provides you some effective homemade treatments you can use along with talcum and other commercial products. Try them all!

1-Aloe vera and tea tree oil

Aloe vera
Aloe vera gel contains antimicrobial and moisturizing compounds that help eliminate the bacteria caused by foot odor. This remedy will prevent foot fungus from appearing due to being combined with the antibacterial and refreshing powers of tea tree oil.


  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (45 g)
  • 6 drops of tea tree oil


  • Mix the aloe vera gel and tea tree oil in a small bowl.

How to apply it

  • Apply this treatment to your feet and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Repeat every day until the smell goes away completely.

2-Sage and oats

You can eliminate the sweat and bacteria residues that cause unpleasant foot odors by combining the deodorizing power of sage along with the absorption properties of oats.


  • 3 sage leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal (30 g)


  • Crush the sage leaves and mix with the oats.

How to apply it

  • Spread this product inside your smelly shoes and leave it there for at least 12 hours.
  • Repeat until the odor is gone.

3-Horsetail grass

Horsetail grass
The deodorizing and antibacterial powers of horsetail grass are perfect for keeping the feet clean and free from strong odors. Using this in the bathroom is relaxing and also improves circulation and reduces fatigue.


  • 3 tablespoons of horsetail grass (45 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)


  • Add the water and horsetail grass to a pot.
  • Heat it to a simmer for five minutes and wait for it to cool.
  • When it reaches a suitable temperature, pour this mixture into a large bowl.

How to apply it

  • Soak your feet in the liquid for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this application two to three times a week.


Rosemary is a plant that has astringent properties to alter the environment that microorganisms use to proliferate. Its use will reduce the number of fungi and bacteria, while also softening any areas that could become calluses.


  • 3 tablespoons of dried rosemary (45 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)


  • Bring the water and rosemary to a boil over low heat for three to five minutes.
  • Cover and allow this mixture to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Filter the liquid into a large bowl.

How to apply it

  • Soak your feet in the liquid or apply it to certain areas using a spray bottle.
  • Repeat every day.

Check this out too: How to prevent foot fungus

5-Baking soda and lemon oil

Baking soda and lemon oil
This natural deodorant helps regulate the skin’s pH to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause infections and stenches. Its absorbent properties eliminate sweat while it exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and other impurities.


  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda (30 g)
  • 6 drops of lemon oil
  • Water (as needed)


  • Pour the baking soda into a bowl and add the lemon essential oil.
  • Use enough water to make a paste.

How to apply it

  • Apply this paste to your feet, including the areas between your toes, and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and repeat at least three times a week.
  • If you prefer, you can apply the dry mixture without adding water to the insides of your shoes.

Are you bothered by smelly feet? If this symptom is causing you to feel embarrassed, then go ahead and try any of the treatments above to get rid of this problem once and for all.

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