How to help smelly feet

Are you one of those people that never takes their shoes off because they're horrified about the unpleasant smell that might be given off? Perhaps you live with someone like that? Would you prefer to be free to run on the grass barefoot, feel soft plush carpets on your toes, or bury your feet in the sand without a worry? If so, all you need to do it take a little personal time and make a foot spa with the following ingredients. It will help you or your partner's feet, not to mention help relax your body and mind. 


  • Bicarb soda
  • Bucket, big enough to immerse your feet 
  • Warm to hot water
  • Eucalyptus and lavender oil 
  • Lemon 
  • Salt
  • Peppermint oil or extract 
  • Almond oil
  • Glass marbles 

Get a good book and a cup of something lovely and place these near a comfortable chair. Put a fluffy towel on the floor and fill up your bucket with water. Ensure it is not too hot, but warm enough to be relaxing. Tip a cup of bicarb soda into the water and stir until the water is cloudy. You may have to add more bicarb soda for the cloudy colour to occur.

Place the bucket next to the towel. Get a lemon and cut it in half and fill an egg cup with salt. Sit down and rub the lemon and salt all over your feet. If you have any cuts on your feet this might sting a little but it is worth it. Once you have finished scrubbing immerse your feet into the warm water and add the essential oils: 5 drops of lavender and 2 drops of eucalyptus. 

Pick up your book and sit back and relax for 15 mins. If you want to add little luxury place some glass marbles at the bottom of the bucket and gentle rub your feet over the marbles for a massage. This is just wonderful for tied feet.

When you have had enough, or the water has cooled down remove your feet and vigorously rub then dry with a clean towel. Try not to put on shoes or socks until your feet are absolutely dry, but if you are in a hurry the hairdryer will always help.

Finish off with a peppermint foot ointment. You can make this with a couple of drops of sweet almond oil and a splash of peppermint oil or extract which you may have in the pantry. If you do not have any peppermint try 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop eucalyptus as this will work just as well.