How to Neutralize Smelly Shoes

Smelly shoes are not just an issue with teenagers – they can happen to anyone! Shoes start to smell because of bacteria that builds up in the shoe after your feet sweat in them. The good news is that there are many ways to remove the smell from your shoes.

Store-Bought Solutions

There are powders and sprays that can be bought at the store that eliminate and prevent shoe odors. These products are placed into the stinky shoe to absorb the odor and prevent bacteria from causing further odor. There are also odor fighting insoles that can help absorb sweat before it becomes a smelly problem. Additionally, you can purchase odor-eliminating “sneaker balls” and other odor-absorbing inserts to place inside your shoes.

DIY Smell Solutions

If you don’t want to use a store-bought option, you can use items around your house to have your shoes smelling fresh in no time. You can place baking soda inside of your shoes because it is a natural odor neutralizer and deodorant. Put a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oil into your shoe to freshen it up. Grab a bar of soap and place it in your shoe overnight. Even tea bags can be used to freshen your shoes!

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Preventing Stinky Shoes

If you are prone to smelly shoes, you can take precautions to lessen the smell. Wearing socks helps to absorb the sweat and moisture. Choosing shoes that are made with material that breathes, like mesh, can help lessen shoe odor. Switch out your shoes regularly to give them time to dry. Perhaps most importantly, make sure you wash your feet thoroughly each night!

Putting a Fresh Foot Forward

Whether you are 14 or 40, these tips can help you keep your shoes smelling fresh. You’ll no longer be embarrassed to take your shoes off in public. So, get out there, and put your fresh foot forward!