People looking for a good way to soften their feet and kill bacteria, a.k.a. foot odor, at the same time should consider all natural foot wash. This product can help them care for their feet without a lot of harsh chemicals.
Commercial Foot Washes
Many commercial foot washes contain parabens, which some link with cancer; surfactants that can dry out skin; animal byproducts and artificial colors and scents. These ingredients can cause allergic reactions and also harm the planet.
It is important to note, however, that basically anyone can promote their product as all natural, since there are no USDA guidelines regarding using this term on product labels. It is up to the consumer to read the ingredients list to see if the product is up to his or her standard.
Finding All Natural Foot Wash
Those looking to buy foot wash will notice that there are two main types available: liquid wash and foot scrub. A liquid wash is similar to a shampoo, while a scrub is more like an exfoliating soap. There are several natural foot washes available for sale over the Web. These include:
- Pretty Neat Feet Cleansing Foot Wash - This liquid foot wash, which comes in a four ounce bottle, contains organic tea tree, lavender and bergamot oils, as well as aloe vera and glycerin. It can be used as a soak or sponged onto feet for a quick cleaning.
- Spa Sentiments Botanical Foot Wash - This liquid foot wash contains organic cocoa butter, oregano, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and castile soap. It soothes feet and works to eliminate bacteria and foot fungus.
- Nature's Darling Herbal Foot Conditioner - This scrub type foot wash makes toes happy with the scent of fresh lavender. It uses herbs and organic calendula petals to care for dry and rough feet.
For the best results, the user should add these products to a foot bath or scrub them directly onto their feet only after they have soaked them in water so their skin is more receptive. They do not need to use a large amount of product to get good results. More details are available on each product's label.
Making Foot Wash
All natural foot wash may not be the easiest product to find, even at a natural products store, and some people do not like buying personal care products unless they can touch and smell them first. Luckily, it is pretty quick and easy to make foot wash. Two recipes to try are:
Peppermint Essential Oil Soak
This soak is a good odor killer and leaves feet smelling great.
- Massage a tablespoon of peppermint essential oil onto each foot, concentrating on both dry and heavily soiled areas.
- Soak feet in warm water for 10 minutes without rinsing off the peppermint oil.
- Wash with organic soap and rinse with warm water.
Olive Oil Soak
This soak helps to remove rough skin on the feet and is a good cleanser.
- Mix together two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of kosher salt to create a coarse scrub.
- Rinse feet and soak them in warm water for five minutes.
- Apply the scrub to feet using a circular motion, concentrating on the heels and other rough areas.
- Let the scrub set for five minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
Both of these foot washes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. It's best not to keep them long term but instead to make a new batch as needed.