Let's admit it - it happens to the best of us. Maybe your favorite pair of ballet flats got stuck with you in the pouring rain. Maybe your favorite pair of running shoes aren't holding up to the strain of your workout. Or maybe your heels have had just a few too many workdays. But whatever the cause - unpleasant odor shouldn't be reason enough to chuck your favorite shoes. Read up on how to spare your best loved pair with a few simple tricks.
First, rid your shoes of any dirt or caked-on mud. Pop out any inserts, cushioning, or laces and place them aside. Then, make a solvent with which to hand wash your shoes. In a large bowl or tub, mix one cup of baking soda with four cups hot water. Dunk your smelly soles into the mixture, and scrub the insides of the shoe with your fingers. Repeat this process with any laces or inserts you may have extracted from your shoes. If the exterior is made from leather, skip this step, as too much exposure to water can make it crack and peel. Once you have thoroughly washed your shoes, stuff a generous portion of crumpled newspaper inside the soles to help absorb moisture as they dry. Once they have dried completely, sprinkle the insides with baking soda, making sure to coat the entire interior of the shoe. Overturn them to shake out any excess powder, and replace your inserts and laces.
If you have gel cushions for comfort, it's best to invest in a new set, as these are often tough to clean and can cling on to odors. If you prefer not to wash your shoes, stick them in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. The low temperature will help to temporarily knock out any odors. Enjoy your sweet feet!Foot Odor Remedies