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6 DIY Stinky Shoe Solutions

September 19, 2014 2 min read

Okay, I’ve got a problem, and I’m hoping I’m not the only one. My shoes smell RANK. Like, I could gas a room if it was fairly enclosed. The shoes in question are really comfy moccasins, that I rarely wear with socks because it’s summer and my feet would overheat, I even have insoles in them, and I clean my feet - I SWEAR, but to no avail. So I’m on the search for ways to de-stink my shoes, and here are the top 6 tips that I’ve collected to solve my stinky shoe setback: 1. Use fabric softener sheets – roll up a couple of dryer sheets into balls and stuff them in your shoes to wick moisture and hopefully give off their fresh scent. 2. Citrus peel – use orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peel in your shoes to impart that fresh citrus smell that doesn’t smell like a gym locker room. 3. Freeze your shoes – put shoes in a plastic bag and keep them in the freezer overnight to kill the bacteria responsible for stinking up the place. stinky-Shoes-Step-04   4. Baking soda – sprinkle baking soda into your shoes and let absorb overnight, just be sure to shake them out before wearing them, or put the baking soda in a sock before putting it in your shoes to avoid a white dusty mess. 5. Newspaper – stuff shoes with newspaper to dry them out 6. Alcohol – swab shoes with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol, it will dry out the odor and evaporate quickly, unlike cleaning out your shoes with water. You could also use vinegar, although the smell is a bit strong. I’ll be trying out each one of these, as well as a good foot soak and scrub, but I’m curious to know if there are any other good tips out there, or if these methods I’ve mentioned have worked for anyone else. Sources: (Other than my mom, best friend, and everyone else I talked to who seemed to have advice) http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Your-Shoes-from-Stinking http://www.wikihow.com/Freshen-Smelly-Shoes http://frugalforlife.blogspot.ca/2010/06/home-remedies-for-stinky-feet-and-shoes.html http://www.softstarshoes.com/live-bare-blog/2013/02/19/why-do-shoes-smell-and-what-can-you-do-about-it/

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