You can cover them with nail polish, scrape all the calluses and smooth your heels, but what about that nauseating smell? Summer is the season of barefoot, but an embarrassing smell could push you to bury yours in the sand.


According to podiatrist Joseph Stern, “an average person has 120,000 sweat glands on each foot”.

Excessive perspiration releases bacteria (which feed on dead skin cells) into the air, producing an unpleasant aroma. Control the smell of your feet in 5 natural ways:

5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

#1 Wear breathable cotton socks and sprinkle talcum on your feet before putting on your shoes to mop up excess sweat and keep your feet dry.

#2 Spray your shoes with a deodorant or, if they are washable, use warm water to eliminate the odor-causing bacteria. Meghan Walker, a naturopathic doctor, recommends putting a sachet of lavender or cedar chips at night to add a pleasant smell.

#3 According to Meghan Walker, “baking soda is really effective at absorbing feet odors”. Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into each shoe or anti-odor soles that use a mixture of charcoal and baking soda to neutralize odors and keep your feet dry.

#4 Wash your feet regularly with warm water and antibacterial soap, and give them two or three baths of Epsom salt a week, put two cups of salt in a tub of water and immerse your feet during 10 to 20 minutes. According to Meghan Walker, “Epsom salt acts like an astringent and controls perspiration.” Add a few drops of antimicrobial tea tree oil or tea to eliminate bacteria.

#5 Treat sweating with a tea bath. According to Meghan Walker, “the tannins in black tea are effective at closing the pores of the feet”. Add infused tea to a bowl of cold water and soak your feet for 20 minutes for five consecutive days. According to Joseph Stern, spray your feet with antiperspirant can also help control sweating.