How To Freshen Smelly Shoes

Smelly shoes are common for most men and some women. It is more prevalent if the shoe is a closed-toe shoe. The reason for some shoes to develop offensive odors is due to bacteria infesting the insides of the shoes. Normally, if the shoe is constantly moist, the bacteria will develop and sustain an environment that emits powerful nasal attacks. If you want to get rid of these aromatic offenses, here are some tips on the issue.

  1. Remove the insoles. Sometimes smelly shoes are due to old and moist insoles. In this case, you will need to look at your shoe and replace the insole with new ones. If you can find some, use anti-bacterial insoles so that your shoes will be able to stave off the war against these odor-causing critters.
  2. Keep your shoes dry. Normally, shoes are kept inside the house where sunlight almost never graces them with its rays. This means that the shoe never really gets dry. Remember that whenever you use your shoes, it becomes moist due to the sweat from your feet. If the sweat never really dries up and leaves your shoe damp, then odor-causing bacteria will develop. To avoid this, it would be wise to air dry your shoe by giving them sometime to sunbathe. Leave them under the sun once in awhile to all the insides to dry. Once dry, the bacteria that once lived in your shoe will have to move out and bring the odor with them.
  3. Use baking soda. Another way to effectively eradicate odor is by utilizing the most effective odor-killing agent know to man, baking soda. Pour a generous amount of baking soda into the shoe and let it sit overnight. The powder should be able to absorb the odor and moisture in the shoe. In the morning, get a vacuum to suck the powder out of your shoe. At this point, take a whiff and you will notice that your shoe smells clean and fresh.
  4. Wash your shoes. If the smelly shoes in your closets are rubber shoes or sneakers, then you can eliminate the odor by washing it. Remove the laces and soak the shoes in soapy water to let it dislodge any stain and dirt. Machine-wash the shoes and the laces with detergent. When that is done, allow the shoes to dry under the sun completely. As soon as the shoes dry up, take another whiff and the odor will be nowhere to be found. You can use sneaker shampoo as well instead of detergent if this is more convenient for you.
  5. Use a commercial odor remover. Visit your home supply or pet store and get a bottle or can of commercial odor remover. Most of these commercial deodorizers are made with enzymes and chemicals to counteract odors. The application may be different for every brand so make sure to follow the directions when applying it.

If all else fails, then you may want to either bring those smelly shoes to a laundry or cleaning expert or get rid of the pair by burning them. You can always purchase new shoes anyway.


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