Q. A few years back my teenage son suffered terrible foot odor. My husband and I would not let him bring his sneakers into the house, nor would we let him put his dirty socks in the hamper! His worst experience was a high school trip to Europe when he shared a room with two other boys. They made my son keep his sneakers in the closet.
I then read in your column a solution to eliminate foot odor: urinate on your feet in the shower! I mentioned the column to my son and then kept quiet. Within a day, the odor was eliminated. I thought that during the next few years you would mention this remedy again but I haven’t seen it. I think there are many, many high school and college students who might benefit from the suggestion of urinating on your feet in the shower.
A. We first heard about this simple remedy from a great-grandmother, who learned about it from men who served in the Armed Forces during World War II. She maintained that urinating on the feet cured stinky feet. Your story confirms her claim. Urea, an anti-fungal compound in urine, may be part of the reason.