Hello everyone! Summer is soon approaching and it’s prime time for sandals and flip flops. For those not so fortunate as to be able to share in the baring of the tootsies, it is also time for sweaty stinky feet!
My family has always been an active bunch; from sports to motorcycles, there were plenty of stinky shoes laying around! Now one may think, “Good grief! Wash yer feet!!”. Well, it’s not that simple…
Stinky feet science lesson (condensed):
Before we begin, I feel I must say this: We are addressing the stink of a healthy foot ONLY! If you have medical issues (such as diabetes, etc.) causing odor from your skin, PLEASE see your doctor and don’t follow the advice of an online blog! I really can not stress this enough!
Ahem…back to our “lesson”
Foot odor can come from many different sources. It can be something as simple as just being sweaty and confined in a shoe all day to something as serious as wounds or skin ulcers (see a doctor if you have broken skin or ulcers, do not put anything on it before consulting with a professional, and I don’t mean your essential oil rep). Sweat doesn’t smell. I know, you think differently as you look over at your kid that just played a few hours of soccer and see green gas rising from their feet. But seriously, it doesn’t.
What DOES smell is the tiny life forms that live on our bodies everyday – bacteria. Bacteria thrives on warm, damp, dark places. Ever notice that when you wear shoes without socks, you can clear a room when you take them off? That’s because without something to help wick away the sweat (socks), they have a virtual party in your shoes. It’s like Vegas up in here! The bacteria multiply, dine on dead skin and natural body oils, poop, and BAM! Instant stink! Well…not that fast, it really is a process and they are just doing what they do, but what they do is not necessarily good for us or the person next to you that has to smell you. That’s not to say that socks prevent odor, but it does help a little.
Another way to help with sweat and smell is to use a foot powder. Just a sprinkle on your feet and between your toes, slip on some socks, and you may have a solution to a less smelly gym bag. You can buy some at any store, or you can make your own!
Here is a recipe we use in our home.
You can add or subtract to it as you please, but be sure to keep the ratios, ESPECIALLY if you choose to use essential oils.
You will need:
- 1 cup of corn starch or arrowroot powder (I prefer arrowroot due to its silky glide that it gives the powder)
- 1/8 cup of baking soda (absorbs odor but can be an irritant so keep percentage low)
- 1/8 cup of kaolin clay (helps the powder to “stick” to the skin)
- essential oils used at recommended rates *Essential oils should not be used “neat” or directly on the skin. I don’t care who says it’s ok, it’s not. Think about who it is that is saying so and find out their qualifications regarding essential oils. Research and be sure to check the safe usage of ANY essential oil and treat them with the respect they deserve.*
- 1 tsp fullers earth or bentonite clay helps with absorption of odors
- 1/4 tsp activated charcoal (Warning! Potential for staining!)
Mix ingredients together with whisk and place in airtight container. I like to reuse a shaker container or even a bottle with the flat disk cap that you usually get lotion or gels in. Just pop it open and shake onto your skin.
If you choose to use essential oils or fragrance oils, add them in drop by drop to prevent clumping. If it still clumps, just break them apart and mix well with the rest of the powder. I like to use our own essential oil blend we created for our Rehab soap, but here are some suggestions. Use them alone or blended!:
- Tea Tree
That’s it! This makes a decent amount. We sprinkle it on our feet, in our shoes, and even in muslin bags to place in boots or athletic shoes that get heavy usage. If you don’t have muslin, just crumple up a page of newspaper, sprinkle it liberally on that and shove it in the shoe/boot. It works wonders!
Thank you visiting and I hope you try this simple and affordable recipe. Rather than adding this to our line, we thought you would enjoy making it for yourself and customize it to your liking.
Everyone have a safe and blessed summer!