Q. I have suffered with smelly and sweaty feet for years. I have tried many creams, ointments, oils, foot baths and you name it. I would put on a pair of brand new shoes and 30 min. later, look out!

I could never take my shoes off in public. The odor could clear a large room out. People, even my friends, would place a finger underneath their nostrils and even constantly spray cologne into the air!

It was so hurtful! I prayed without ceasing because I know that I am not the only one with foot odor. I Googled smelly feet & stumbled upon your article.

Check this out–I soaked my feet in urine for 30 min: ‘ODOR-FREE FEET’. Thank you, and thank God for answering my prayers! Feet still sweat but NO ODOR!


A. Thanks for sharing your story. You are not the only one who has suffered from smelly feet. Here are several other “powerful” stories from visitors to this website:


“I have a very bad problem with smelly feet. Not only do they sweat an awful lot but the balls of my feet and heels are white every time I remove my socks. The smell is terrible and both feet are affected.

“Could this be some kind of infection? My socks become very hard when they dry out. This is not normal perspiration.

“Please help!” Anonymous


“I have the worst smelling feet I have ever encountered. I have tried everything to get rid of this and nothing seems to work.

“I am a welder and have to wear steel toe boots and have insoles in them. They work for a week and it is back again.

“My girl friend always tells me that they are really bad, and they are. I wash them when I get home from work and 3 hours later they are really STINKY again. Is there anything I can do get rid of this horrible problem?” Dallas


It’s not just smelly feet. A lot of people have problems with nails too:

“I have the worst feet in the world. My toenails are fused to my toe. In other words you can’t tell the difference between dry skin and toe nail.

“I’m so embarrassed I cry. I’ve never worn sandals because my feet are so ugly I don’t know what to do. Please help. I don’t know where to begin. From the ankles up I’m great. I work out & keep myself in shape. I am desperate.” William


“My wife has the same problem…extremely stinky feet. It’s really embarrassing when she’s lying next to me…I don’t know if she is suffering from athlete’s foot.

“We’ve tried so many things…powders, creams etc. But it’s too complicated to apply. So I’ve recently found special insoles made from cedarwood on the internet. Are there any experiences with such cedar soles?” Joseph


“I too have very very stinky feet. It’s the worst that I have ever smelled. I am only 12 yrs. old. I have tried a couple things. I have tried my deodorant and it didn’t work. I have tried perfume. That didn’t work either. I have no clue what i should do, please help!!” Sabrina


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We have some good news for all you victims of smelly feet. You don’t have to soak your tootsies in urine…though that does seem to work. People tell us that dilute vinegar also helps solve problems like athlete’s foot or smelly feet. Some folks like to create a solution of amber Listerine (house brands will work) with white vinegar to create an anti-fungal solution that is hard to beat. To learn more, check out this offer:

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  1. EG
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    Take a warm 20 minute bubble bath while you lightly rub your feet all over to well above the ankles. Do not scrub or irritate. You are only soaking with a quality face cloth to soften the skin. Dry off and put your feet into a footpan that you have poured 2 bottles of cheapest vodka. Stay a bit and see the detritus floating off. Buy all new socks for your new sweet feet.

  2. wanda ll
    Reply

    I use spray on deodorant. Works for underarms and works on feet. Get the deodorant/ antiperspirant one use what brand you like the smell of.

  3. wakeupbarb
    Reply

    Palmolive Gold soap completely removed smell from my smelly feet, decades ago! Same with underarm smell. HORRIBLE stench before — nothing now.

  4. jd
    Reply

    You can rub any kind of deodorant. Rub on the bottom of your feet after you take a bath. It really works.

  5. MS
    Reply

    Stinky feet (along with the white skin) are often caused by the same fungus that causes Athletes Foot. Use any liquid spray treatment. Use the liquid because it gets into all cracks, crevices and toenails. Spray the heel too.

  6. jim
    Reply

    sprinkle baking soda in your shoes also your socks.

  7. Shelley
    Reply

    Question: I often get a rash (red itchy spots) under my breasts mostly when the weather is warm. Anti-fungal ointments do clear it, but I don’t like using them so often. I’m looking at your comments about Liserine and vinegar. Might that work? Do you have any other suggestions?

  8. HLR
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    What worked for me was Boric Acid. I bought a small box years ago, and used the powder on my feet right after showering — problem solved very quickly, within a very few days! I still have that same box and it’s seldom used now. Occasionally I will still sprinkle and massage my feet with Boric Acid, just to be safe. It’s quite economical and effective. I’ve recommended this to many other folks who have had success with no more sweaty, stinky feet.

  9. BC
    Reply

    Taking 50 mg of zinc really help me with smelly feet. Give it a couple of months.

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