Do you have a pair of shoes that smell so bad you have to leave them outside or in the garage before you enter your house? Most people see this as a time to replace their otherwise perfectly good pair of shoes even though they have no other issues. We decided to look at some of the most popular methods of getting rid of that nasty odor so that you can hold onto your shoes a little bit longer before spending a fortune on a new pair.
- Baking Soda: Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes every night when you take them off. Before you put your shoes on in the morning, take the shoes outside and clap them together to get rid of excess powder.
- Freeze Your Shoes: That’s right, studies have shown by wrapping your shoes in a bag and freezing them overnight will kill odor causing bacteria.
- Store Bought Odor Removers: Most contain bacteria and/or enzymes that eat away at what is causing the odor. Not all work for long term use but some of these products can make your shoes better than new!
- Cat Litter: simply fill a sock or some pantyhose with litter and tie it off. Work it into each shoe and allow to sit for 24 hours. The litter will help dry up the stinky bacteria that causes the smell, and it’s likely a lot cheaper than powders and potions sold at big box stores.
- Alcohol: If there is one liquid that bacteria hate the most it is alcohol. Aside from the fact that it can help remove the smell of the shoes, it can also act as a disinfectant and can kill bacteria and remove dirt at the same time. Place alcohol on the inside of the shoe and avoid placing alcohol on the outer area of the shoes especially if it is made out of leather because it could ruin the outside of your shoe.
- Dryer Sheets: Although this will not eliminate the odor, it will mask it while you are wearing them, especially if you are at a dinner party and anticipate taking your shoes off. Just simply place the dryer sheet in the shoes you are wearing and then put them on.
- Change the Insole: Sometimes we get sweaty feet which causes the insole to get ruined. If you suspect that the culprit is in the insole then first try to take it out and wash it and dry it. If that doesn’t work then find a suitable replacement for your shoes that provide the same level of comfort given by your previous insoles.
- Tea Bags: First fell free to enjoy a nice cup of tea, after you are finished dry the tea bags out and stick the used tea bag inside of the shoes you wish to eliminate odor from. The tea bags will absorb the moisture that has a bad smell.
- Wash Your Shoes: Not all shoes are able to be washed so be sure to look at what your shoes are made out of so that you don’t ruin them. If your shoes are able to be washed make sure you leave plenty of time to air dry before the next time you wear them because they will most likely take a few days to completely dry out.
- Attack the Source: Your feet are the reason that your shoes stink so start with treating your feet. Wash your feet everyday with antibacterial soap to stop the fungus or bacteria from making your shoes smell. If you’re feet constantly sweaty try using deodorant, or an Anti‑Perspirant roll on that can stop the sweating and control your shoes from smelling.
These are some of the most popular techniques and methods to eliminate odor but are in no way guaranteed to get the job done. The best thing you can do is be vigilant and proactive and always wear socks and always use antibacterial soap on your feet before you wear them.