When I say Funkytown, I’m not talking about the disco hit by Lipps Inc; I’m referring to the funkiness of some people’s feet.  We have an unbelievable 250,000+ sweat glands in our feet which amounts to a pint of moisture produced daily (Landsman, 2015).  A pint people!  For some of us it’s not much of an issue; for others it’s called plain ole sweaty feet.  Some causes of foot odor comes from hyperhidrosis, stress, medication, alcohol, drugs, hormone changes (think puberty), and poor hygiene (Landsman, 2015).  

Now I know some of you ladies aren’t going to admit that your favorite dress shoes make your feet smell, but they can and do.  Why is this you ask?  Well the fact that we wear our favorite pumps without socks and run around all day causes our feet to sweat and the moisture to stay trapped; a breeding ground for bacteria, thus odor.  I’ve had my fair share of shoes that I couldn’t part with no matter the stench.  

Some things you can do to reduce or prevent foot odor is to wear breathable shoes and socks; alternate shoes to give them a breather between uses.  At the end of the day sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes, shaking them to thoroughly cover the inside to absorb moisture and odor.   If you have sweaty feet, bring an extra pair of socks with you to work or school and change them mid-day.  Wash your feet well and dry them thoroughly every day.  

One home remedy is black tea which can shrink pores to reduce the output of sweat and it contains tannins that prohibit the growth of bacteria.  

Leaving Funkytown Recipe

  • 2 Bags of black tea
  • 2 Cups of hot water
  • Cool water
  • Heat proof bowl


  • To the bowl add the hot water and tea bags, steep for 10 minutes
  • Remove the tea bags and add enough cool water to make for a comfortable foot bath temperature
  • Soak the feet for 15 minutes
  • Repeat daily for a week

There are other recipes that call for using vinegar instead of tea.  As counter-intuitive as it seems, it’s just as effective to prohibit bacteria growth.  I figured that you’d probably think I was crazy to suggest soaking your feet in something smelly to get rid of the smelly.  

Keep the funk in your dance, not in your feet.

Landsman, M. (2015, May 18). Foot Odor, Causes, Treatment and Prevention. Foot Vitals. Retrieved from

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