Cheese is great. It’s the gift of the Gods. It tastes great and feels pretty darn epic in the mouth, and the part of its awesomeness is due to its smell. If you haven’t fallen in love with the smell of melted cheese, you are missing out on life. Yes, it’s pleasant; but when something smells like that when it’s not supposed to, you have a problem. I’m talking about your feet.
Bromhidrosis is the technical term for foot odor; which literally translates to a situation where you’re hanging out with your homie who has a hot sister and someone with smelly feet comes in and you exclaim “Bro! Hide your sis!”. When you sweat and the sweat does not evaporate because you’re wearing shoes or socks, the bacteria in your skin starts to eat the sweat away. It is this process of eating away of the sweat that produces acids that reek like Satan’s bunghole. Yes, it’s a natural phenomena, but just because it’s natural does not mean that it’s good. Smelly feet are a curse. If you’re someone who has it, you know the embarrassment, especially in our Nepalese culture where we have to take our shoes off to do one thing or another. However, we are here to tell you to fret no more; here are some ways you can kick smelly feet’s butt.
Salt pulls away moisture from your skin. Lack of moisture means lack of habitable surface for bacteria. So in a tub of warm water, add half to a cup of salt and soak your stompers for 20 minutes. Do this daily for 2 weeks and you’re golden.
We’ve talked about salt, now we’re talking about vinegar. It may sound like we’re instructing you to make foot pickles but trust us. If you want to make your foot completely inhabitable for bacteria, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in a tub and soak your feet for 30 minutes. Vinegar too wicks moisture away from your skin and it basically starves the bacteria. Do this once a day for a week.
3. TEA PARTY
Everyone loves to go to a tea party and your feet are no exception. Steep two bags of black tea to two cups of water for 15 minutes. Dump it in a tub and add a cup and a half of cool water and soak for 30 minutes. Tea possesses acids that closes skin pores, reducing sweating drastically. It is also antibiotic, it kills bacteria.This too is to be done once a day for a week. Don’t drink the tea afterwards.
4. THE RIGHT SOCKS
Fabrics like nylon don’t let the skin breathe. So your sweat will be trapped if you wear nylons, or any other synthetic fibers. Always rock a pair of cotton ones for they are more breathable. And when we say always, we mean ALWAYS. Yes, the sockless look is pretty darn rad, but when you go sockless, your feet sweat more. That sweat gets stored into the fabric of your shoes and what you make of it is a cave of thriving bacteria. Not pretty is it? If you want to go for the sockless look, get loafer socks or “ballerina socks” as they’re often referred to.
Foot sprays are life savers. They contain ethanol and other sanitizing substances that disinfect. So if you got a pair of kicks that smell like mouldy cheese, don’t chunk ‘em out just yet. Spray the insides of them and take a pair of clean socks, spray them too, and stuff them inside the shoes. Leave them overnight, the socks will let more of the disinfectant soak into the shoe.
6. POWDER POWER
Talcum powder contains talc which essentially absorbs moisture and provides a smooth frictionless surface. It works hella good for your feet and leaves a pleasant smell. If you’re not a fan of the fragrance, you can use corn starch alternatively. And you don’t even have to wait to let them sit, they work right away. So you can just sprinkle it in, shove your tootsies in and go walk your walk.