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Zinc Banishes Foot Odor

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Q. My 17-year-old granddaughter has a problem with smelly feet. My son had the same problem at that age. Do you have any home remedies to recommend?

A. Readers have shared lots of home remedies for foot odor. Here is one: "Years ago my stepson, age 15, had such stinky feet even he couldn't stand them. His aunt came to visit and when the boy came home, his mom said, 'Don't take those shoes off in here!' The aunt asked why and his mom explained we couldn't stand the odor. The aunt reminded her of the old rhyme--zinc for stink.

"We bought a bottle of zinc pills. A whole tablet made him sick to his stomach so we cut them in half. After a month, his feet no longer smelled and he didn't need zinc any more."

Other people have found that soaking feet in a baking soda, dilute vinegar, Epsom salts or strong tea solution can be helpful. You can find more details in our free Guide to Smelly Feet.

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It also helps to scrub feet often, paying particular attention in between toes and under nails with a foot/nail brush. Doing towards the end of a bath or shower will work best to remove dead skin. Adding a cup of hydrogen peroxide and/or vinegar to soaking water once a week helps with odor and fungus issues. Make sure to dry completely, especially between toes, before putting on socks and shoes. Always use clean socks, avoid wearing socks around the house or to bed, and alternate days using the same pair of shoes so they have time to dry completely between uses.

Get rid of those plastic shoes. Even partial plastic shoes can make feet smell.

tea oil...or vicks vaporub at night & can also help. cover feet with something. do it for few weeks.

Isn't zinc also good for acne?

Palmolive Gold soap eliminated my smelly foot problem.

put deodorant under your foot & between your toes. anywhere else you wet. best to use roll on deodorant it works. just rub it in.

worried that taking zinc daily might be harmful.

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