By Steve Graham, Hometalk
Admit it. Sometimes your feet smell. It’s OK. We won’t tell anyone. You don’t even have to be seen buying foot odor products at the drugstore or supermarket. The remedy is probably in your pantry – or maybe the liquor cabinet.
To help you discretely deal with the problem, I put six home foot odor remedies to the test. I tested these remedies on my sweaty feet following a couple hours of hiking, running or biking in sockless shoes. Granted, these simple tricks may not suffice after a week of backpacking or other extreme conditions. But they certainly offered me some relief for everyday odors.
The fastest remedy: Vodka
You shouldn’t look for the answers to all your problems in the bottom of a bottle, but in this case, a little hard liquor can help. Prevention magazine suggested wiping down stinky feet with a vodka-infused washcloth. Rubbing alcohol is fine, too. The alcohol is an antiseptic, and cools and dries the feet as it evaporates. It worked quickly and effectively, and it really cooled my feet down. Also, it’s a great option if you need a quick cleanup and don’t have access to water, but can spare some vodka (we won’t judge).
The “the cure is worse than the disease” remedy: Apple cider vinegar foot bath
The Livestrong folks recommend soaking the feet for 20 minutes in two parts water and one part vinegar. They said the Mayo Clinic swears by this remedy for odor and fungus. Woman’s Day magazine specifically recommends apple cider vinegar, based on the recommendation of a New York City podiatrist.
Sure, my foot odor was gone after the vinegar footbath, but it was replaced by the overwhelming smell of vinegar, which required vigorous rinsing. Moreover, 20 minutes of vinegar wafting up from the feet is less than soothing. The Livestrong folks also warn that the vinegar may dry out the feet too much over time, and cause irritation.