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“Is it your shoes that smell so bad?”. Of course it's your shoes, but when asked like that, it is impossible for you to own up. Even if you have tried hard to solve the problem. The proof: your deodorant knows the route that leads to your feet better than the route to your armpits. In a word, you cannot see an outcome to your smelly shoe problems. Stop snivelling! We cannot promise that your feet will actually smell good, because there is probably no such thing as a fragrant foot. But we have dug up a few home-grown tips that have already proved their worth.
Even if you can't wait to conceal the smell of your favourite shoes after a run, don't hide them in your special shoe cupboard. Cupboards are dark and damp and far from worthy of your favourite trainers! After every use, your shoes only need just one thing. Respite, by breathing plenty of fresh air. It is better to leave your shoes to dry on a window sill or in the garden, rather than allowing bacteria to proliferate in their hiding place. Never allow these nasty bacteria that make your trainers smell so bad to have their whiffy way! Also, no-one will go outdoors to smell your shoes.
The king of hygiene that we love and adore. Its name? Bicarbonate of soda. This miraculous ingredient can be used to have white teeth, to make household deodorants and to remove stains. So, it has nothing to fear of smelly shoes. Bicarbonate of soda absorbs humidity and the bacteria it contains. In the evening, sprinkle a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda inside your shoes and they will be nice and fresh by the next morning.
Surprisingly, talcum power does a good job too. You can fight off damp and smells by putting a small quantity of talc in your trainers, and even your socks, before exercising. And another thing. It protects your feet against blisters.
Do you love tea? Good news! You can now give a new lease of life to your black tea bags. Black tea contains rot-proof vegetable substances called tannins. So the decomposing cheese that appears to be living in your shoes can now be expelled! Put a bag of black tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Take it out of the water and leave to cool down and dry out before putting it in your shoes. A few drops of the essential oil found in tea plants also have purifying qualities. And since we are talking about natural remedies, Alum stone or lavender is also highly effective!
Don't giggle at this royal title, because your feet deserve to be treated like a king! Do we really need to tell you? Wearing socks during exercise is not optional. It is essential. First, because it is well worth while to protect your feet against blisters, callus and other problems. Second, because socks act as a filter and absorb the perspiration from your feet. It is preferable that your sweat is absorbed by socks that are easily washable, rather than drenching your favourite shoes and making them smell bad.
After machine-washing you shoes, you now need to take care of the origin of the foul smells. Your feet. This seems so obvious, that you may have even forgot just how important it is to wash your feet. But when we say wash, we mean washing thoroughly. In a word, take as much care of your feet as of your hair. Your hair, that you enjoy shampooing with rose, argan, coconut and any other sweet-smelling fragrance. Use a shower flannel, a wash mitt, a sea sponge, or anything else you can use to rub your feet and get rid of the impurities between your toes. Come on! It's time for a shower!
So, smelly feet are not the taboo subject you thought they were. Why not share this article to help your friends solve the problem? After all, you are not alone in fighting this fight! Before feeling any shame, remember that perspiring from your feet (and anywhere else) proves that your body is functioning properly, that it can control its temperature and evacuate what needs to be evacuated while exercising, even if the smell is unpleasant. You have probably already resorted to the home-grown solutions that exist for every problem.