Sniff, Sniff, Do Your Feet Stink?

by Sherry Riter in Health,Memory

Do your feet gargle, eat fish and chips or crave spices?

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How to tell if your feet smell stinky...

Do your feet stink?

Doesn’t that just crack you up?

I don’t know if it was the nerdy shoes I wore or simply my hormonal feet, but as a teenager I had the stinkiest feet on the planet. No really, the STINKIEST FEET ON THE PLANET.

My feet were so stinky…

“How stinky were your feet?” you asked.

My feet were so stinky that:

  • If I took off my shoes, I had to immediately wash soak my feet in HOT water.
  • I could not keep my shoes in the house because the smell burned the hair from our nostrils with their stench.
  • Nothing could remove the atrocious odor in my shoes.
  • I hated to put my foot back into the shoe.
  • Anything that touched the smelly insides of my shoe would then have the same rank odor.
  • I was happy every time I got a new pair of shoes.

My feet, thankfully, are no longer stinky.

What causes smelly feet?

Foot odor happens when the apocrine glands (developed in hair follicles) secrete sweat into the tubule of the gland. This is then taken to the skin’s surface and is odorless. When the sweat hits the skin’s surface, it meets with bacteria as it is broken down and then chemicals and fat in the sweat cause odor.

When you put your foot into a shoe where the average temperature reaches 100 degrees it is going to produce sweat. There are a few things you can do to help reduce the occurrence of smelly feet:

  • Always wear thick cotton socks.
  • Thoroughly dry your feet after bathing.
  • Bath daily and wear clean, unused socks.
  • Rotate your shoes by wearing a different pair at least every third day to allow a full 24 hours for them to dry.
  • Air shoes outside or in the garage.
  • Let your shoes sit in the window sill so that the sun can shine into them.
  • Use antibacterial foot powder.
  • Use odor eating insoles to soak up and eliminate foot odor.

pickleHelpful products to eliminate stinky feet:

  • Alum in the Spice/Herb section of the grocery store – coat the inside your shoes with a thin layer before you wear them. Yeah, it is the same stuff you put in pickles to make them crunchy…LOL
  • Soak feet for fifteen minutes in an apple cider vinegar and water mix.
  • Use a deodorant soap to wash your stinky feet.
  • Soak feet in strong, dark tea (not herbal) for fifteen minutes. The tannins in the tea kill the bacteria that cause that horrible stink. Keep the tea bags in the solution.
  • Salt and vinegar soak for thirty minutes for your feet. Does that make you want to sing the song, “Fish and chips and vinegar, vinegar, vinegar…” Okay, maybe not.
  • Let your stinky feet bathe in Listerine. Apply to your feet with cotton balls being sure to completely cover all areas (between toes and under toes) and then let them dry completely before walking on them or putting them into your shoes. Does this mean your feet are gargling?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mind Of Mindi November 23, 2009 at 5:54 am

I SOOOOO need to send this post to my brother! haha!


2 One Cluttered Brain November 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

Wow! I like the suggestions you put up to cure stinky feet. I had no idea, deodorant..makes sense. baby powder works too.
Funny. LOVE the picture!


3 Tammy Howard November 23, 2009 at 6:28 am

This was like reading an episode of Beakman's World!

(and in answer to your very personal question about MY feet – it might be, I suppose…)


4 Shell November 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Those cat pics are so funny!

My 3 year old's feet STINK. He hates to wear socks, so I know that's the culprit.


5 Judy Harper November 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Too funny.I'm going to pass these along to my daughter.


6 Erin November 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

hilarious! I don't think my feet stink, but….???maybe i should ask someone?lol!


7 Holly K November 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I did not start off the day expecting to learn how to prevent stinky feet but I'm so glad I know now! I have three teenage boys with stinky feet – you might have just saved our sanity 🙂

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8 Rustin - TheBlogFrog November 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Very funny! I did some mission work and wore the same shoes forever. They really stunk. You showed up my BlogFrog radar today – be sure to stop by the BlogStar community and say hi. Look forward to seeing more of you. Talk soon!


9 LisaLisa November 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Love this post! I can use this information for my husbands lol

Dropping by your blog crib to say Helloooo lol Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving …remember it's not about the food we eat but the love we share! Happy Thanksgiving!!


10 Brianne November 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Oooh my husbands feet stink!! Sending this to him! Ha!


11 ajs November 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm

too funny!


12 Sheress November 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Lol this truly was a great post. I knew some of the tatics that were mentioned but the leaving out the shoes so that sun can hit them and a few others I had no clue about. My husband will find missing shoes through out his closet now lol.
Thanks for sharing.


13 Cascia November 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I love the photos of the kitty and shoes! Great tips. I don't have a problem with foot odor but my daughter has smelly feet!


14 The Blonde Duck November 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

My feet don't stink, but they're not cute!


15 Pam November 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Those are the funnest pictures I have seen lately. I can see my cat doing the same thing.


16 Mrsblogalot November 24, 2009 at 2:52 am

Oh man…how funny were those pictures????????
I'll have to give more thought to the whole feet issue after I stop staring at the flat cat (-:


17 The Redhead Riter November 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I had to retrieve this from my mail:

Amethyst Moon has left a new comment on your post "Sniff, Sniff, Do Your Feet Stink?":

Interesting post! My daughter had the worst foot odor, a few years back so I completely understand, her cleats actually smelled like a litter box! Yuck! But, we tried the tea bag soaking and it worked miracles!

In relation to this post: my shoes poem


18 Pink Haired Momma November 25, 2009 at 4:27 am

Too funny! I love the solutions!!


19 Tania @ Larger Family Life January 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

Those photos are hilarious. Do you have that problem with your twitterpated shoes too?


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