Baking soda is well-known for its alkaline property that helps to regulate and balance our body's pH levels, which is great for treating indigestion and gastric reflux. However, this is not the only benefit that we can get from baking soda, it has many more positive effects for our health and has also been proven to be an excellent skin care treatment, as it is able to improve the outer appearance of different parts of the body. And in this OneHowTo article, we will focus specifically on the lower body parts by showing you how to use baking soda on your feet. As you will see, it is a very effective treatment that can come in handy at any time.
Why use baking soda on your feet?
Baking soda is one of the best natural products to care for our feet and to always keep them healthy and beautiful. And you want to know how, right? First of all, baking soda can work as an excellent exfoliator to soften the foot skin and combat unsightly calluses often found on the heels. Secondly, just as it eliminates odours on clothes, it is extremely effective in treating foot odour and athlete's foot that can affect this part of the body. Pay attention to the following guide to learn how to use it in each problem.
Baking soda exfoliator
The granules in baking soda make it a great natural choice to exfoliate the skin leaving it free of impurities and much softer to the touch. You can make the most of this by also using it on your feet, especially if they always have hard skin, calluses and dry skin.
To make a baking soda exfoliating foot scrub, just mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a little water. To make it more effective, you can also add in 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. Thoroughly clean your feet and spread the mixture onto them in circular motions using an old toothbrush to remove all the dead skin. It will leave you with beautiful, soft and pedicured feet.
Baking soda to combat foot odour
Do you suffer from sweaty or smelly feet and don't know what more you can do to get rid of this annoying condition for good? If so, baking soda can be of help, because it is a natural product that works well to neutralise odours by completely absorbing the smell. There are two possible ways to use baking soda to tackle foot odour:
- Place 2 teaspoons of baking soda inside your shoes, letting it sit there overnight.
- Use it for an odour-eliminating foot bath. To do this, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl of warm water and let your feet soak in it for at least 20 minutes. When finished, dry your feet with a clean towel and apply a moisturiser or a specific foot deodorant to help you keep them smelling fresh.
Baking soda for athlete's foot
One of the most common infections that spoil the look and health of your feet is called athlete's foot, otherwise known as foot fungus. It usually appears in-between the toes or on the soles of your feet and can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, burning and stinging. To treat it, you need to use antifungal medication, but there are some natural products such as baking soda that can help get rid of it quicker and combat its symptoms.
If you want to treat athlete's foot with baking soda, mix 2 tablespoons of it into a basin with half a glass of apple cider vinegar and two cups of warm water. Then, dip your feet into the mixture and leave them in for 15 minutes to let the disinfectant properties of both the baking soda and the vinegar fight against the foot fungus.
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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