Stinky shoes are perfectly normal, especially in a house with kids! With energetic children running around all the time, of course, their feet are going to sweat (not to mention ours when we’re running around after them).
Our sweat absorbs into our shoes and socks which allows bacteria to grow, creating an unpleasant smell.
The good news is there are loads of effective ways to remove the odour and eliminate the bacteria. The best part is that they’re super easy and use common household items and are super inexpensive!
Here are some things to try:
- Baking Soda and Essential Oil
You need three simple ingredients for this one – coffee filters, baking soda and tea tree oil. Baking soda is an all-purpose super ingredient for removing odours and works on many things including drains. It stands to reason that it can help your shoes.
Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial agent that will kill all of those smelly germs.
Simply add some baking soda to the coffee filters and 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Gently mix and place the filters inside each shoe. Leave them for at least 12 hours, but preferably 24. When they’re done sitting, remove them and throw them away. Voila! Smell eliminated.
- Black Tea Bags
This one couldn’t be more simple. Place tea bags inside the shoe towards the toe (that’s where most of the bacteria sits). Leave them overnight before removing and discarding them. For something so easy, it’s surprisingly effective at eliminating the odour. You can use fresh or used tea bags, just make sure they’re dried out before you place them in your shoes.
- Air Freshener Spray
This obviously works for more than just shoes. Though it isn’t as effective as some other methods, spritzing some on will work well in a pinch.
- Freeze Them
It might sound strange, but placing your shoes in the freezer overnight will kill all those bacteria. Make sure to thaw and dry them before wearing them again. If you’re concerned about getting dirt in the freezer, wrap them in a plastic bag or pillowcase first.
- Orange Peels
After eating, save those peels! They’ll remove odour and make your shoes smell like lovely fresh citrus. Let them sit overnight in your shoes to achieve results.
It’s a good idea to try to prevent odours before they show up. You can do this by making sure your socks and shoes are clean and dry, and of course, washing your feet well and teaching your kids (and husband) to do the same.
You could even stuff your shoes with scrunched up newspaper when you’re not wearing them.
Mums, will you be trying any of these tips or do you already have a secret weapon that fights off odours in shoes at your home?
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