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.
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.
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.
Simply place fresh orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peels into your shoes and leave overnight. Repeat this process every alternate day.
Salt helps get rid of the odour by soaking up the moisture in your shoes.
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.
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.