A shoe that has bad smell can really be embarrassing, it can make you wish to throw them away as soon as possible.
The odour from smelly shoe, puts one in a position where he/she cannot remove the shoe no matter the discomfort it gives.
However, there is an alternative to throwing away your shoes or buying new ones as there are many simple and easy ways to get rid of the unpleasant odor.
What causes smelly shoes?
The heat in an enclosed shoe causes one to sweat, because there are 250,000 sweat glands in each foot. The sweat encourages the growth of bacteria, particularly if you’re wearing the same shoes regularly.
Surprisingly, though, it’s not actually the sweat that causes the smell. Bacteria that lives on the skin eats the feet’s sweat, producing isovaleric acid, causing the odour. Athlete’s Foot can also contribute.
Ways to Get Rid of The Smell in Your Shoe
1. Look for the cause: Examine your shoes before you try to treat the odor. If you have damaged insoles, either take them out or dry them.
2. Dry out your shoes by putting them near a heater or in a sunny spot: By keeping them dry, you help prevent bacterial growth that causes odor.
3. Freeze your shoes: Put your smelly shoes in a plastic bag, and then put them in the freezer over the course of a night. The idea is that freezing the shoes kills the odor-producing bacteria.
4. Put baking soda in the smelly shoes: If the freezer trick does not work, put in a healthy dose of baking soda and let the powder absorb the odor overnight.
5. Place fresh orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peel into the shoes: Fresh citrus peel has a great smell because of its essential oils. Leave fresh citrus peel in your shoes overnight and remove them before using. They should smell a lot better.
6. Black teabags: Black teabags contain tannins which are very effective in killing bacteria that can be found inside the shoe. Place the tea bag on boiling water for a few minutes. Remove the tea bag and let it cool for about 5 minutes before placing it in the shoe. Leave it in the shoe for an hour or so.
7. Odor removers: They contain bacteria and/or enzymes that eat away what is causing the odor.
8. Spray Your Shoe: A few sprays will make your shoes smell like rosey. Note that the spray must be suitable for your shoe type, be it leather or textile shoes.
9. Do not put on shoes immediately after showering: Water between the toes can encourage bacteria. Also, where possible, let your shoes breathe somewhere ventilated for 24 hours between wears.
10. Exchange your old insoles for a fresh pair.