Smelly shoes are a problem since shoes were invented, but this can’t stop us from wearing them, can it? Well, sometimes it can, and this is a big problem for some of us. The number of shoes made from synthetic fibers (the main culprits for shoe odor) is on the rise, so there’s a high chance you will have to deal with this problem.If you’re embarrassed to take out your shoes in public because they smell bad, I have some good news. 

 Today your problem will come to an end, because this article presents the best tips on how to remove shoe odor. Now it’s time to grab your shoes, and step into the DIY world…And remember that it’s one small step for man, one giant leap for avoiding shoe odor 🙂P

1. DIY Organic Shoe Freshener

Those who know me know that I believe in natural solutions, and this is the reason why this freshener is the first on my list. For making it you’ll need: baking soda, rosemary essential oil, tea tree oil, sage leaves or mint leaves, 2 cotton muslin bags and 2 large paper tea leaf bags. Do you have them? If you do, then go for it, if you don’t, then see our next pages.

DIY Organic Shoe Freshener Tutorial – AmeyaStudio Most of the fresheners presented above involve using household products, so I suppose you found at least one that is right for you. If  you’ve tried them all and none seemed to pay off, then I’m afraid it’s time to wash your shoes before using a freshener again. You can do that by using a washing machine, but you pay attention to the temperature (which should be under 40 degrees Celsius), and the dryer speed (should be under 400 rpm), otherwise they may tear. An alternative is to wash them manually, with a soapy detergent and / or antibacterial soap. Finally, make sure that along with shoes freshening you also solve the problem of foot odor (check the article on foot odor). If you have any tips or advice for us, don’t be shy and share them with us in the comment section below!

2. Homemade Baking Soda Shoe Freshener

Simple solutions are always the best, and this is one of them. Baking soda is a great odor absorber, which makes it ideal for our project. Besides, it’s really easy to find in any home, so you have no excuse. Go to your kitchen, and get rid of that smell!

3. Refresh Your Shoes With Black Tea

Black tea is good for many things, from treating colds to boosting energy, but I’ve never thought that I could use it as a shoe freshener. Seems that I was wrong, because it proved very effective in some cases. To take advantage of its qualities, you have to dip a bag of tea in boiling water, let it cool, then pour the tea into a spray bottle and spray your shoes with it.

4. Freeze Your Shoes

Because your shoes are made of plastic, your feet sweat a lot, which allows bacteria to grow (emitting a strange smell). If you didn’t know, bacteria growth is stopped in cold environment, so freezing you shoes is actually a good idea. Still, make sure you dry them before wearing. 

5. Easy Sneaker Freshener

Baking soda is the best odor absorber I know, but let’s face it… it’s completely odorless. This is the reason why I suggest you to add a couple of drops of essential oil to it, to make your freshener truly effective. Follow the tutorial and say ‘goodbye’ to that smell for good.

Easy Sneaker Freshener – TheNerdyFarmWife

6. Refresh Your Shoes with Fabric Conditioner Sheets

Are you determined to make yourself a favour and avoid those embarrassing moments when you have to take off your shoes in public? This is way easier than you thought! All you have to do is to buy some fabric conditioner sheets and stuff them into your shoes, to absorb the odor during the night. 

7. Homemade Shoe Freshener with Water & Essential Oil

I’m sure you have your favourite perfume, and you’d like to use it anytime, for anything, until all surrounding items will smell like it. While you can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a fine perfume, and then use it to refresh your stinky sneakers, I suggest a cheaper alternative. You can buy your favorite essential oil, mix a few drops of it with water, then spray the inside of your shoes with it, and you’re good to go.

As a bonus, you can use all the remaining money to buy your partner a nice pair of shoes.

via eHow

8. DIY Cedar Sneaker Stuffers

No solution is better than a natural one, am I right? Cedar wood is known as being one of the best natural remedies for foot odor, as it absorbs any moisture and smell, leaving behind a pleasant aroma.

This tutorial suggests you to stuff some fabric bags with cedar wood and keep these stuffers in your shoes as long as you can.

Tip: If you’re not so good at sewing, you can use some socks as outer layers.

DIY Cedar Sneaker Stuffers – Junie-Moon

9. Orange Peel for Smelly Sneakers

How often do you eat oranges? Do you throw away the peel? Think twice before doing that again because it may help you with your shoe odor. Take advantage of its properties, and put one or two orange peels in each shoe right after you took it off.

Let it sit during the night, and in the morning you’ll be happy to conclude that it worked like a charm. 

10. DIY Cornstarch & Lemon Oil Shoe Freshener

After a long tennis match, I’m sure your mates won’t be happy to see you taking off your shoes. Do them a favor and get rid of that smell once and for all. Simple and effective, this freshener help you solve the problem without spending too much time or money.

All you have to do is to mix 6 tablespoons of cornstarch with a few drops of lemon oil, then sprinkle a tablespoon of this solution into each shoe and rub it into the sole. Wait a night and then brush it out well. Now you’re not embarrassed anymore, and your friends are happy to have you among them. Great deal, right?

via eHow

11. Cat Litter Remedy for Shoe Odor

I sure your cat won’t be happy to hear this, but cat littler (no matter how disgusting it sounds) can help you solve your stinky problem.

While shoe odor is caused by excessive moisture that lead to bacteria growth, cat liter’s absorbing properties make it one of the best solutions for refreshing your smelly sneakers.

via Lifestyle.ILoveIndia 

12. Antiperspirant or / and Deodorant Spray

While your shoes smell due to excessive sweating, using your antiperspirant for solving the problems seems actually a good idea.

Take your usual antiperspirant and spray your shoes with it before and after wearing them. This will make your feet sweat less, and you’ll get rid of that bad smell that haunts you everywhere you go.

13. Rubbing Alcohol

Are you sick of that stinky smell that goes everywhere your shoes go? This solution is in your house since the day you were born, but you used it for something else. Rubbing alcohol is one of the most common disinfectants in the world, and shoe odor is caused by bacteria growth, so all you have to do is wipe the inside of your shoes and the smell will be gone for ever. 

Most of the fresheners presented above involve using household products, so I suppose you found at least one that is right for you. If  you’ve tried them all and none seemed to pay off, then I’m afraid it’s time to wash your shoes before using a freshener again. You can do that by using a washing machine, but you pay attention to the temperature (which should be under 40 degrees Celsius), and the dryer speed (should be under 400 rpm), otherwise they may tear. An alternative is to wash them manually, with a soapy detergent and / or antibacterial soap. Finally, make sure that along with shoes freshening you also solve the problem of foot odor (check the article on foot odor). If you have any tips or advice for us, don’t be shy and share them with us in the comment section below!