Smelly shoes? 5 home remedies to prevent your shoes from smelling

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How do you get a bad smell out of shoes?

The more we wear our favorite pair of shoes, the more we may notice that they are beginning to smell. Overuse, sweat, skin shedding, dirt, bacteria, fungus, and lack of aeration can all contribute to stinky shoes.

Smelly shoes

Below are a few ways to remove the bad smell out of the shoes:

Wash Shoes and Insoles

Washing and drying your shoes and insoles can keep them fresh. However, detergent and heat can degrade the materials. Glue and adhesives may give way and you may have to replace your shoes sooner.

Handwashing with cool water is best for shoes. You may add a little disinfectant to the washing liquid, such as Lysol or Pine Sol.

If you use a washing machine, remove shoelaces and use the hand-wash or gentle setting. Then air-dry.

1 . Baking soda

It absorbs the odour and moisture from your shoes that results due to sweat.

Preventive Method

Sprinkle a good amount in your shoes and let it work its magic overnight. You can also fill unused coffee filters with baking soda and secure them at the end with a rubber band. Place them in each shoe and leave them overnight to avoid white residue. Do this once a week.

2. Citrus peels

Fresh citrus peels have a great smell because of their essential oils.

Preventive Method

Simply place fresh orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels into your shoes and leave overnight. Repeat this process every alternate day.

3. Salt

Salt helps get rid of the odour by soaking up the moisture in your shoes.

Preventive Method

Sprinkle a little salt in your canvas shoes/sneakers and leave overnight. Dust your shoes well in the morning. You can do this every night to help keep the moisture at bay.

4. White vinegar

Vinegar, aka acetic acid, is a good odour killer that helps deodorise your shoes.

Preventive Method

Combine 50% water and 50% white distilled vinegar. Spritz this mixture into your shoe lining and sole, and let it dry naturally. You can repeat this once every week.

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