Q. After reading about soaking smelly feet in urine, I told my 23-year-old nephew about this unorthodox approach. He had suffered with this embarrassing problem for many years.

After soaking his feet one time the smell was gone. He has new respect for his old aunt.

A. Urine foot soaks are an old Army trick to get rid of athlete’s foot or odor. A mom once shared that after convincing her 17-year-old daughter to give this remedy a try it worked: “Her foot odor is completely gone!”

 A wide variety of home remedies can be helpful for smelly feet.  Urine may be one of the simplest and cheapest, but some people find it too gross. Other possibilities include soaking the feet in vinegar, Epsom salts, or a strong tea solution. You can learn more about achieving sweet-smelling tootsies in our FREE Guide to Smelly Feet.

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  1. James Young

    I heard this from a climber in joshua tree and decided to try it out. I’ve had issues with foul smelling feet for a long time but after a day of hiking in sweaty shoes and climbing in sweat salt encrusted climbing shoes my feet still smelt clean. amazing.

  2. W Curtis

    I was plagued with athletes foot: odor and painful cracks between my toes, for 45 years. I tried every cream and ointment on the market. They all had the same effect as doing nothing. The cracks eventually healed until the next episode.
    Through advice from my Dr. and experimenting, I came up with my present regimen. Every time I put my shoes on or remove them, I pull my socks back and forth between all my toes. This removes the “toe jam” and dries the spaces between my toes. For the past 15 years I have had no odor and only occasional cracks which healed in a very few days. No drugs or any medications.

  3. Betty F.

    I must laugh, this is so ..so odd. But if it works, go for it. It IS free! But I still smile. I would do it if necessary though.

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