How to Clean Dirty Feet That are Black Due to Oil & Dirt

By Celeigh O'Neil

A day of work or a few hours in the garden pulling weeds will leave anyone wanting to kick off their shoes. But after being drenched in oil and dirt, your feet may demand a bit of attention before the relaxation can begin. Dirt will adhere to the skin, particularly on dry patches, when met with the warmth of shoes and socks. Your standby body wash will remove surface dirt, but a scrub will deeply cleanse your skin of all buildup. Head to your cupboard before sitting down for a rest to clean dirty feet.

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An exfoliating scrub will remove dirt as well as dead skin to leave your feet smooth.

Step 1

Pour 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a bowl. Use a spoon to mix them together completely.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of olive oil into a basin large enough to fit your feet, and fill it 1/2 inch from the top with warm water. Oil attracts oil; this will help to remove the grime while softening your feet.

Step 3

Soak your feet in the basin for 5 minutes. Pick up a golf-ball sized amount of the scrub. Remove one foot from the water and smooth the scrub over the skin in a circular motion. Concentrate on dry areas, as they are most prone to buildup. Reapply the scrub until your entire foot has been coated and place it back into the water. Repeat with your other foot. Apply and rinse the scrub again if dirt remains.

Step 4

Remove your feet from the water and gently towel dry. Apply a rich moisturizer to lock in hydration, as feet can become dry after a scrub. Moisturizers with a shea butter or aloe base are best.