How to remove unpleasant shoe odor
We have already discussed the issue of odors and ways of dealing with them. Now I propose to your attention several ways of solution of such a delicate problem as an unpleasant odor from shoes.
The causes of bad smell may be different – low-quality footwear that does not allow your feet to breathe, or maybe you should seriously think about the fact that the smell is a signal of the appearance fungi and bacteria. In both cases, you should take action and solve the problem.
The first tip – look after your shoes in a timely manner, and keep the cleanliness of both external and internal surfaces. You should regularly dry your footwear, leaving it open. Make sure there is constant air circulation during storage of shoes. If you failed to prevent the odor, the following tips will help you.
1. Wet a rag or a cotton pad in hydrogen peroxide, and thoroughly clean your shoes from the inside. You should repeat the procedure several times for a positive effect. Instead of hydrogen peroxide, you may take potassium permanganate or conventional alcohol (vodka). All of these fluids have antibacterial and deodorizing impact.
2. Adsorbents, substances absorbing moisture and odors (for example, flour or baking soda), are able to cope with a nasty smell. Thus, take the chosen adsorbent and pour inside the shoes. Leave them for about two hours, and then – vacuum your footwear thoroughly.
3. Vinegar is a good fighter with odors, and it will also help us in the matter of shoes. Moisten several cotton pads in vinegar and put them into the shoes. Leave shoes at least for three hours (or even overnight). Remove the pads and ventilate the shoes.
4. Tea tree oil is another effective remedy for unpleasant odors, which also has a strong antibacterial effect. First, you should prepare the shoes, and clean them of dirt. Then, dissolve a few drops of oil in a little amount water and wipe the shoes by this fluid. Thoroughly dry your shoes.
5. Sometimes, the new insoles help to solve the problem. It is important to give preference to the insoles made of natural materials. Be sure to remove moisture from the shoes before replacing the insoles. In addition to the standard absorbent means, the filler of cat litter copes well with this work.
General recommendation – it is necessary always to dry the insoles, wash and change every two or three months.
6. An unconventional approach to the problem – freezer. Remove the insoles, dry them, pack the shoes into bag and place into the freezer. The fact is that most of the microorganisms that are the cause of bad “fragrance” die under the low temperature conditions.
Ideal variant – often change shoes. It is advisable to have a few pairs of shoes for each season; change shoes by the lighter pair coming to work (if it is an office and some other places, allowing such a procedure); wear cotton socks; constantly ventilate the shoes and insoles; use deodorant for feet and shoes.