How to Remove Sweaty Odor From Leather Boots


Leather boots lend a classy look to almost any man's or woman's outfit. If you wear your leather boots often, sweat and bacteria build up inside, creating an unpleasant odor. You can use a few common supplies, like baking soda, coffee grounds or cat litter, to make your leather boots smell fresh and clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Coffee grounds or coffee beans
  • Clean cat litter
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Nylon leggings
  • Cellophane
  • Washable insoles
  • Sprinkle baking soda into each leather boot. Shake the boots around to cover the entire surface. Cat litter also works to absorb odors; use it in the same way as baking soda. Remove the baking soda or cat litter after one or two days.

  • Fill nylon socks or leggings with 1/2 cup coffee beans or grounds. Tie the socks closed at the top and place each coffee-filled sock into a boot. Leave the coffee in the boot for two or three days until the sweat smell disappears, and then remove it.

  • Place charcoal briquettes in nylon leggings. Tie the leggings closed and leave the charcoal in the boots for up to one week. This absorbs most sweaty smells.

  • Vacuum the inside of each boot with a vacuum cleaner hose attachment. This removes dried sweat.

  • Wrap the boots in cellophane and put them in the freezer for up to two days. The boots smell clean when removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wear your leather boots daily. Let them rest and dry out at least every other day.
  • Wear clean cotton or bamboo fiber socks with your boots to avoid sweat buildup.

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