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How to Get the Smell Out of Shoes – 5 Easy Methods


Smelly shoes are not only annoying, they can be embarrassing too! But don’t throw out those stinky shoes just yet! We’ll show you 5 of the best methods on how to get the smell out of shoes.

How to Get the Smell Out of Shoes

A Cure for Stinky Shoes

Most people try to get rid of the odor from their shoes by covering it up with a deodorizing spray or powder. And while this is a quick cover for stinky shoes, this actually does nothing to solve the problem at hand. The deodorizer might mask the smell for a short period of time, but as soon as the fragrance wears off, the stench is back in full force!

Odor-causing bacteria lives and breeds in moist, dark places, so the first step to removing the stink from your shoes is to dry them out.

Tips for Keeping Shoes DRY –

  • Toss them in the dryer, put them near a heater, or put them in a sunny window. Canvas shoes should be fine taking a spin in the dryer, but other shoes will get ruined, so just be careful!
  • Go barefoot at home as much as possible. My 10 year literally wears his tennis shoes from the time he leaves for the bus until he gets into bed at night… and his shoes suffer because of it! I’m trying to teach him that the less her wears his shoes, the faster they will dry out and the less they will smell. We’re still working on it. 😉
  • Toss them in the freezer. Place your shoes in a plastic bag, then put them in the freezer. The freezer helps kill the bacteria and dry out your soles.

How to Get the Smell Out of Shoes

Here are 5 of the most effective methods for getting rid of the odors in shoes.

1. Rubbing Alcohol (My favorite method!)

  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle. (Make sure you mark your spray bottle so people know it isn’t safe to consume.)
  2. Spray the alcohol inside each stinky shoe- just a couple spays should do the trick! Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated room or outside.
  3. Let dry completely before wearing.

2. Dryer Sheets

Place a dryer sheet (or two) inside each shoe. This helps absorb moisture and freshen up the soles.

3. Charcoal Briquettes or Cedar Shavings

Put some charcoal briquettes or cedar shavings in old socks and insert them in the shoes overnight.

4. Baking Soda

Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda and let it absorb the odor overnight. Dump out the powder in the morning before putting your shoes back on.

5. Bar of Soap

Place a bar of soap inside your stinky shoes. Not only with the soap absorb the odor, it will also leave a fresh scent behind.

How to get the smell out of stinky shoes

My favorite method is #1, but each of these will totally help! You’ll wonder why you’ve been putting up with stinky shoes all these years!

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