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Can You Solve Your Foot Odor Problem with Vinegar?

Soaking your tootsies in white vinegar might help solve your foot odor problem. Baking soda solution can also be a helpful soak.
Can You Solve Your Foot Odor Problem with Vinegar?
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Do you have smelly feet? Many people are embarrassed to take off their shoes because of the resulting odor. You might be looking for a way to solve your foot odor problem with home remedies. Readers have suggested several.

How Can You Solve Your Foot Odor Problem?

Q. More than 20 years ago I had chronic smelly feet. I soaked my offending extremities in an inch of common white vinegar. This took about 15 minutes and cost me a dime.

The odor went away and has not returned. Do you have any idea what caused the odor and why the vinegar was so effective?

How Could Vinegar Solve Your Foot Odor Problem?

A. Your results are better than average. Most people report that it takes several weeks of soaking for 15 to 30 minutes a day before foot odor goes away.

Bacteria and fungi that can cause foot odor thrive in warm, dark, moist environments. Vinegar changes the pH of the skin and makes it less hospitable to these microbes.

You can learn about many other approaches to control foot odor in our free Guide to Solutions for Smelly Feet. Some people report success soaking their smelly feet in a baking soda solution for 10 to 20 minutes several times a week.

Others have found that taking a zinc supplement or chlorophyll pills can be helpful. Others suggest that drinking green tea regularly can help solve your foot odor problem.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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