1. Dry out your shoes
2. Freeze your stinky shoe
The first amazing benefit of putting your shoes in the freezer is that it will make them smell a whole lot better.
Bacteria that grow in moist environments (like shoes that have gotten damp from sweaty feet) produce unpleasant odors. Freezing your shoes actually kills the bacteria and knocks out the yucky odor.
Of course, you don’t want to just throw a pair of stinky shoes in your freezer along with your food. That would be unsanitary.
Here’s how to do it:
- Pop the shoes in a plastic zip-lock bag
- Place the shoes in the freezer for a night or two
- Thaw them out, preferably in sunlight
That’s it. Really simple.
3. Steam clean stinky shoe to kill bacteria and odor
Steam can help eradicate bacteria and foot odor in your shoes. If you have a dryer with a steam feature, give that a try. Be sure that you try this method on shoes that can tolerate moisture.
Another method using steam requires a steam cleaning appliance. These are used for cleaning and disinfecting things around the house. Just stick the steam machine’s nozzle into each shoe for about 30 seconds. Let them completely dry before wearing again.
4. Place fresh orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peel into the shoes.
5. Use rubbing alcohol
6. Place a couple of tea bags into your shoes overnight
Any type will work – but fruity ones sound like a good idea because they have a great scent. Just put a few inside the shoe and leave them to suck up moisture and the smell.
Leave to sit overnight in a warm dry place. The longer you leave the better.