You really (really!) should wear socks
Now that your feet are clean, dry, and deodorized, you're mostly there -- but there's still the matter of smart footwear choices. When it comes to socks and foot odors, there are two things to bear in mind.
The first is to wear them. Donning a fresh pair of socks every day will go a long, long way in keeping your foot stench at bay. The second is to opt for socks made of natural fibers, like cotton or wool, avoiding synthetics and blends that don't breathe as well and can trap sweat.
Lastly, if you notice that your socks are retaining a foot-y smell even after laundering, try a sports detergent or use a half cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle of the wash to deodorize them.
De-funk your shoes...
Of course, none of this -- not the clean feet, not the powders, not the perfect cotton socks, none of it -- means a thing if you're slipping your dogs into foul-smelling shoes. This is where odor-eliminating sprays, like Dr. Scholl's Odor-X Odor Fighting Spray Powder, come in. Give your favorite loafers, boots, or tennis shoes a good blast with one of these products and you should be good to go.
If you're interested in supporting old media while also correcting your shoe smell problems, sticking a piece of wadded up newspaper inside will also work to absorb those unpleasant fragrances caused by your feet. It sounds too simple to work, and yet! It does.
... and then keep them that way
You've done all this hard work, and it would be a shame to let it all go to waste. Which is why, if you're a person who regularly does battle with embarrassing foot odor, you should invest in a set of sneaker balls. Just pop a ball into each shoe when you take them off in the evening and let them do their work overnight while you sleep. What could be easier?!?
There's one final tip to leave you with, and it is this: if possible, don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Allowing your footwear to lie fallow for 24 hours after wear will go a long, long way in preventing a horrible smell from developing within.
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Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. Her shower is exceedingly clean. Follow her on Twitter: @joliekerr.