Stinky shoe smells can be downright embarrassing. If your favorite pair of shoes is emitting an unpleasant odor, you'd probably be hesitant to wear them at all--particularly if that stinky smell is making your feet smell badly, too. Smelly shoes aren't destined for the garbage bin, however. There are effective ways to eliminate shoe odors and keep them smelling fresh after each use.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Thread or string
- Rubbing alcohol
Kill the Bacteria
Fill a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz the insides of each shoe.
Try placing your shoes in the freezer for two hours. For sanitary purposes, place your shoes in a plastic bag prior to putting them in your freezer.
Let the shoes dry thoroughly prior to wearing them again.
Create a baking soda sachet for each shoe by wrapping two heaping tablespoons of baking soda in a tissue and tying the ends together with a piece of thread or string.
Place a sachet in the toe of each shoe and allow it to sit overnight. Baking soda is extremely effective in absorbing odors--just as effective, in fact, as the expensive odor-eliminating shoe powders sold in pharmacies.
Put the baking soda sachets in your shoes after each wear, being certain to change the baking soda at least once a week so that it continues to absorb odors effectively.