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Foot Odour

Foot odour is a type of body odour that affects the feet and is generally considered to be an unpleasant smell.

The main cause of foot odour is sweat. Sweat itself is odourless, but it creates a beneficial environment for certain bacteria to grow and produce odour causing substances. These bacteria are naturally present on our skin as part of the human flora1.


Increased odour is created through more sweating, such as wearing shoes and/or socks with inadequate air ventilation for many hours. Hair on the feet, especially on the toes, may contribute to the odour's intensity by adding increased surface area in which the bacteria can thrive.

Given that socks directly contact the feet, their composition can have an impact on foot odour. Polyester and nylon are common materials used to make socks, but provide less ventilation than cotton or wool when used for the same purpose. Wearing polyester or nylon socks may increase perspiration and therefore may intensify foot odour1.

Top Tip

Bosisto's Tea Tree Oil and Spray – known as nature's first aid – both have many great natural uses such as deodorising smelly feet, treating the symptoms of tinea and as an antiseptic for minor cuts or abrasions.

For foot odour spray Bosisto's Tea Tree in sports shoes or work boots as required. Repeat as necessary. Helps to freshen and eliminate odours.

1. Health Insite – Australian Government