How To Deodorize Shoes

A lot of people experience foot problems and odorous shoes. If you exercise a lot and live an active lifestyle, it is possible to get smelly feet because of the sweat that accumulates in your shoes. This will lead to smelly shoes that can range from a mild smell to a severe smell that will permeate throughout your entire room. Instead of throwing away your shoes, here’s how you can deodorize them.

  1. Sunning. Most people keep their shoes inside the house when not in use. This means that the shoes are either in contact with your sweating feet or are stored in enclosed spaces. Because of this, the humidity and the moisture levels in the shoes will increase. This creates conditions that are suitable for the growth of fungi and molds. The first step to eradicating the molds and reducing the moisture in your shoes is to place them out in the sun. This will both aerate the shoes and dry them out.  Do this for one whole day. Be sure to take the shoes inside the house when night comes, since the fog at night can make the shoes moist again.
  2. Kitty litter. Next, take a piece of stocking and fill this with cat litter. Cat litters are specially designed to absorb odor, so that the smelly cat poo will be masked. It isn’t cat poo that litter works with, however, but smelly feet as well. The stockings will ensure that the cat litter will be able to deodorize the shoes without having to come into direct contact with the shoes, which can lead to very dusty shoes.  Remember that there are plenty of types of cat litter, some of which are more absorbent and more effective at deodorizing than others.
  3. Baking soda. Baking soda is a natural solution to odor. Baking soda will readily absorb odor in the air and in the surfaces that it comes into contact with, which is why baking soda is often placed in refrigerators that need to be deodorized. You can also use baking soda on your shoes. Sprinkle the baking soda lightly on your shoes before and after wearing. Baking soda is safe for almost all types of shoes and can easily be shaken off.
  4. Foot sprays and foot powders. With sunning, cat litter, and baking soda, the odor in your shoes can easily be removed. However, the odor will come back if your feet are the source – which is usefully the case. People whose feet sweat a lot will usually get fungal infections. If you have severe fungal infections, make sure that you consult with your doctor for prescription medication. Otherwise, you can use over the counter ointments that are applied on the skin on your feet. You can also use foot sprays and foot powders that are specially designed to have antifungal properties. These will not prevent your feet from sweating, but will keep fungi from developing in your feet and in your shoes.

Foot odor is a problem that you do not need to live with. With these steps, you should be able to eradicate the smell in your shoes.


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