After a hard day’s work you might come home to find that your once pretty feet have turned into sweaty appendages that are keen on assaulting your nostrils with pungent stinkiness. It might not be your feet that does the attacking but your significant other or rambunctious teenager. Luckily we have the (temporary) cure for this brand of stinky feet syndrome.
The combination of Epsom salt, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil will help evict those stinky particles and leave your tootsies smelling (and feeling) AMAZING. The tea tree oil also act as an anti-fungal treatment too, just in case you happen to forget your flip flops and head to the gym showers. (Please don’t forget your flip flops.) Tea tree oil is basically the bees knees in the bath and body department. It has so many uses for things like acne, chest congestion, helps get rid of dandruff and dry scalp, etc… Bonus: since it’s a scrub your feet will not only be stink free, but they will be baby soft after a couple of soaks. No need to go to the boutique and buy those expensive foot soaks when you could spend about $25 dollars and be set for making this lovely little DIY for a year or more.
This DIY makes small batches of the scrub since it’s super easy to whip up. No need to make a huge batch unless you’re having a slumber party or are giving it away as a gift … or subtle hint.
⅓ cup of raw sugar
⅔ cup of Epsom salt
1 ½ tablespoons of Coconut Oil
½ tablespoon of dried peppermint
5-6 drops of Peppermint Oil
4 drops of Tea Tree Oil
- Supplies: A plastic bowl, fork, measuring cup, and a container to put the finished scrub in.
In a small plastic bowl combine raw sugar, Epsom salt, and coconut oil. Stir ’til all of the sugar and salt crystals are coated with oil. Add a little more oil if necessary. The oil acts to protect the sugar and salt from dissolving.
Stir in essential oils and dried peppermint flakes. Note: Please make sure that you are using oil based essential oils and not water based extracts like baking extracts. They will not work as well and will clump and start to dissolve your dry ingredients.
Put in your favorite container. This only makes a little over 1 cup of scrub which is good for about 3 ‘treatments.’ Be sure to leave your container in a cool, dry place and make sure that it gets sealed nicely. You can even put it in a ziploc baggie if you’re in a pinch.
Prep a large rectangular tub with warm water, a towel, and a wash cloth.
Take 1/3rd of the mixture and scrub and massage your feet. For added exfoliation – use the wash cloth in addition to the scrub.
After your feet are all nice and scrubby – don’t wipe the scrub off, just place your feet in the warm water tub.
Sit and relax for 10-20 minutes.
Wipe off any remaining sugar/salt crystals or peppermint particles.
- Pat your feet dry.
Other ways to combat stinky feet:
- Wear clean socks with your shoes. Don’t go sockless with your shoes, unless they’re meant to be worn without socks.
- Toss your shoes in the washing machine every few months, just make sure that it’s alright on your shoes. Check the tag to see.
- If you get some kind of fungal infection, take care of it promptly and make sure you clean your shoes and socks thoroughly afterward.
- Keep your feet dry. If your feet are prone to sweating, put some baby powder in your shoes to help absorb any excess moisture.
- Buy shoes that can breathe and are comfortable for every day use. If you buy crocs, prepare to be judged.
- This goes without saying but good personal hygiene helps you and those around you.
Do you have a stinky feet cure? Share it with us in the comments below.
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