How to freshen smelly shoes? 8 ways to keep your favorite pair of shoes from stinking

Priya Prakashan

Are you bothered by your smelly shoes or do you often worry about the odor from your shoes bothering others? You can get rid of the stink and keep your shoes smelling fresh and clean. It is a common problem that most of us face. Your shoes start to smell when your feet sweat excessively or when you repeat the same pair of socks. It can also be caused due to wearing the same shoes every day or any other feet-related problems. But with few simple tips and tricks you can keep your favorite pair of shoes from stinking. Here are a few tips to freshen your smelly shoes. (ALSO READ Footwear trends 2017 for women: Get your shoes right to nail the date night look!)

1. Freeze your shoes

Freeze your shoes

Freeze your shoes

Grab a plastic seal bag and put your shoes in them, seal the plastic bag and then put them in the freezer overnight. This method works efficiently by killing any fungus or bacteria causing the odor. When you take out your shoes the next morning it will be good to use!

2. Use fresh cat litter

Cat litter has great deodorizing properties

Cat litter has great deodorizing properties

Cat litter has great deodorizing properties, so it works wonders for your smelly shoes. All you need to do is stuff a socks with fresh, unused kitty litter and secure it with a rubber band or simply seal it with a knot. Stuff these into your shoes overnight and use your fresh shoes the next morning.

3. Put in odor-control insoles

Buy odor control insoles for your shoes

Buy odor control insoles for your shoes

You can buy odor control insoles for your shoes and stick it inside your shoes with double-sided tape so  that the insole stays in place. The odor controlling soles can be cut to fit the shape of your  sandals, high heels or open-toed shoes as well.

4. Place citrus peels inside your shoes

Use citrus peels of orange or lemon

Use citrus peels of orange or lemon

You can use citrus peels of orange or lemon as they have great fragrance because of the essential oils. Leave the citrus peels inside your shoes overnight. The next morning remove them, they will smell a whole lot better! (ALSO READ Footwear trends 2017 for men: 5 shoes every man needs to buy this year).

5. Sprinkle some baking soda

Baking soda is a good absorbent

Baking soda is a good absorbent

Baking soda is a good absorbent, it will absorb the odor as well as the moisture in your shoes. Sprinkle some baking soda and keep it aside overnight. The next morning your shoes will be fresh to use without a hint of the odor.

6. Stuff some newspaper

Stuff newspaper and leave the shoes in a ventilated area

Stuff newspaper and leave the shoes in a ventilated area

To absorb all the moisture and wetness in your shoes which acts as a breeding ground for bacteria, use some old newspaper. Make paper balls out of old newspaper and then stuff the shoes with them. Leave the shoes in a ventilated area. This method helps absorb all the moisture from your shoes.

7. Sprinkle some salt

Sprinkle a little salt in your shoes

Sprinkle a little salt in your shoes

Your shoes smell bad also because of the moisture that results from excessive sweating. To get rid of the moisture, sprinkle a little salt in your shoes and leave overnight. The salt will not only soak up all the moisture but it will also get rid of the smell. Next morning dust your shoes well and wear them.

8. Wash them

Wash your shoes

Wash your shoes

The first thing that you need to do if you shoes start stinking is to wash them (if they are washable). Toss the shoes into the washing machine or wash them manually using some detergent and water. But make sure that you dry the shoes thoroughly before putting them on again.

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