Is there anything worse than taking off your shoes at the end of a long day and getting a whiff of nasty foot odor? We’ve all been there – our feet get sweaty, our shoes get stinky, and suddenly we’re embarrassed to be within sniffing distance of anyone. Foot odor happens to just about everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with smelly feet!
With some simple at-home foot baths and musical motivation, you can soak and scrub your way to fresh, odor-free feet. The warm water works to soften calluses while the massaging action helps rub away dead skin and stimulates circulation. Add in some uplifting tunes and soak time becomes self-care time. Read on to learn how easy it is to mix up foot baths that cleanse away odor and use music to make the experience relaxing.
Why Do Feet Get Stinky?
Before learning how to get rid of foot odor, it helps to understand what causes that embarrassing smelly feet issue in the first place. Sweat by itself doesn’t smell – the stench happens when bacteria on our skin mix with sweat and break it down into isovaleric acid, causing the well-known stinky feet odor.
Our feet sweat more than any other body part, up to a pint each day! All that moisture gets trapped inside shoes where bacteria thrive, especially in the over 250,000 sweat glands on the bottom of each foot. The dark, warm environment shoes create makes a perfect breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria to multiply. Dead skin cell buildup gives bacteria even more real estate to occupy and make feet reek.
By using foot soaks and scrubs, you can wash away bacteria and slough off dead skin before it becomes fuel for foot odor. The massaging motion also activates circulation, carrying fresh blood to the feet so stale sweat gets flushed out. Soaking feet in warm water softens skin, allowing calluses and dried sweat to scrub away more easily.
Not only are foot baths an effective foot odor solution, they also feel fantastic! Add in some feel-good music and foot soaking goes from maintenance to pampering self-care.
DIY Foot Bath Ingredients to Stop Stinky Feet
Great news for your feet and your wallet – whipping up homemade foot baths is easy, inexpensive, and uses things you likely already have in your pantry! Simply fill a basin with warm water, add a few odor-busting ingredients, put on some tunes, and soak the stink away!
Here are five smelly feet-banishing foot bath recipes to try:
- Baking Soda – This kitchen staple neutralizes odors and gently scrubs. Mix 1⁄2 cup into a basin of warm water.
- Lemon Juice – Lemon is naturally antibacterial and antifungal to beat odor-causing germs. Squeeze fresh juice from 2 lemons into a foot bath.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Acidity kills bacteria and balances pH levels in sweat to prevent smells. Add 1⁄2 cup to water.
- Epsom Salt – Soothing magnesium sulfate crystals draw out impurities. Pour in 1 cup epsom salt as water runs.
- Essential Oils – Tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint all have anti-microbial properties to destroy bacteria. Add 5 drops of your chosen oil to the water.
Set the Mood with Music
Once you’ve mixed together a soak that turns your tub into a foot spa, it’s time to set the mood! Music has a powerful effect on both our physical and mental states. Listening to tunes that make you feel happy while your feet soak can turn a daily routine into restorative relaxation.
Upbeat songs release endorphins that boost mood and help you feel more energized. Slower instrumentals and gentle playlists lower heart rate and relax the mind. Both helping wash worries away! Having music you love playing in the background makes the time fly by so you don’t even realize how long you’ve been soaking.
To make your foot bath as rejuvenating as possible, put on playlists that match however you want to feel – whether that’s peppy positivity or dreamy tranquility. Follow your favorite musician, genre or activity-themed playlists that evoke the emotions you want the soak to elicit. As your feet get cleaner, literally washing any negativity down the drain, let the music lift your thoughts to a more positive place.
Soothing Self-Care Ritual
Taking time at the end of the day to soak strains and odors away benefits both the body and mind. Allowing your feet to soak gives skin time to soften so scrubbing with a pumice stone gently removes dead cells bacteria feed on. Odor-eliminating ingredients wash smelly bacteria down the drain while music enhances feeling restored, relaxed or re-energized, depending what your emotional needs are.
With how busy life gets, making time for self-care often drops off the priority list even though it offers huge benefits for both mental and physical health. By making foot soaks a regular ritual, you get those sought-after moments of me-time along with solving an embarrassing odor issue at the same time. Knock out healthy maintenance and personal pampering in one efficient routine! Don’t have time for a full bath? Even using a foot spa massager or basin for 10 minutes makes a difference.
Next time your shoes come off and an unpleasant stench follows, don’t just cover it up with scented sprays. Treat yourself and your feet to an aromatic soak instead! Banish embarrassing odors the soothing, musical way and make stinky feet a thing of the past. Happy soaking!