Summertime is all fun and games until someone’s smelly shoes are stinking up the house! It happens in a predictable cycle: hot temperatures lead to sweaty feet, and sweaty feet leave behind moisture in shoes causing unpleasant odors. But don’t throw out those stinky shoes just yet, because today I’ll be sharing some of the best and most effective methods for eliminating odors in shoes. If you’ve been wondering how to get the smell out of shoes, you’ve come to just the right place!
The secret to really removing odor from shoes is to deal with the moisture issue. Many people simply try to tackle the odor itself by using a deodorizing spray, but that only covers up the smell. But when you dry out the the moisture, you help cut the smell off at the source by killing the odor-causing bacteria. There are a few different ways to do this, so I’ve included a few different options for you in this post. Use whichever method you like best, or whichever method you can do using stuff you already have at home. Here’s to the rest of a stink-free summer! :-)
How To Remove Odor From Shoes
To get rid of shoe odor, the following items will do the trick!
- Baking Soda – A natural deodorizer
- Cotton Balls – With a few drops of essential oils
- Sunshine – Dries shoes out and prevents bacterial growth
- Your Freezer – Sealed in a Ziploc bag, of course!
- Lemon Peels – Adds a fresh scent
- Rubbing Alcohol – A natural antiseptic that dries quickly
- A Bar Of Soap – Absorbs odors and leaves a fresh scent
To find out how to use these everyday household items to get the smell out of stinky shoes, read on…
1. Use Baking Soda
Use a coffee filter, some baking soda, and a rubber band to make the ultimate odor eliminator! I’ve heard these referred to as “stinky pinkies,” but you can call them whatever you want. ;-) Just add a few tablespoons of baking soda into the center of the coffee filter, and add a couple drops of essential oils for scent (optional). Twist the filter closed and tie it off with a rubber band. Place baking soda sachet in each shoe overnight to absorb the moisture and smell.
To make it even quicker and easier, you could also make a simple shoe powder! Add a few drops of essential oils to some baking soda as described above, and then sprinkle the powder into the bottom of the shoes. Let it sit overnight, then dump it out in the morning.
2. Use Cotton Balls
3. Use Sunshine
Place your shoes out in the sun. Moisture is a big problem when it comes to stinky shoes. Leaving them in the sun can dry them out and prevent bacterial growth.
4. Use Your Freezer
You can use your freezer to help remove odor from shoes. Start by placing them in a sealed ziplock bag, then place the bag in your freezer overnight. The freezing temperature will kill the odor-causing bacteria, which will go a long way toward making your shoes smell fresher!
5. Use Lemon Peels
Place some lemon peels in your shoes overnight. If moisture isn’t an issue, this will help provide a fresh scent to smelly shoes!
6. Use Rubbing Alcohol
Spray the inside of the shoes with rubbing alcohol. This method will help dry out the sources of odor and hopefully allow you full use of the shoes again. Not only is rubbing alcohol an antiseptic, but it also evaporates quite quickly. And when you apply it other sources of moisture, it can cause them to evaporate too!
7. Use A Bar Of Soap
Another way to remove odor from shoes is by placing a bar of soap inside a stinky shoe. The soap is porous, so it will absorb odors and leave behind a fresh, clean scent. This is a great method to try if you already have a couple of spare bars of soap in your cupboard or closet!