Have you ever taken off your boots or sneakers and smelled bad? It can really happen to anyone, although some couples are more likely to stink than others. To avoid putting yourself in awkward situations, especially when visiting friends or at the gym, try these homemade tips to deodorize shoes naturally!
The reason your shoes smell bad is because your feet contain 250,000 sweat glands. When these glands are confined to a shoe, sweat and heat create a breeding ground for bacteria. To get rid of the smell, it is necessary to destroy the pathogens that cause the stench. You can do this by cleaning your shoes properly. Using DIY air freshener sprays or powders is also helpful.
The best way to deodorize shoes depends on whether they are washable or not. If it’s leather or nubuck shoes, or if the pair has non-washable details, your efforts will focus on cleaning the inside. In between cleanings, use homemade products to maintain a fresh aroma.
Natural shoe deodorant: white vinegar
Yes, the same ingredient that makes a tasty salad dressing also frees you from the shame of your shoes. Dampen a paper or cloth napkin with white vinegar and rub it inside the shoes. The product will break down the compounds responsible for the bad smell. And don’t worry if you use a little too much! You can always crumple up a newspaper and put it there to absorb excess moisture. Let the vinegar dry completely.
Homemade shoe deodorant spray
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Tea tree oil kills bacteria. This effective shoe spray uses both to remove odor and the bacteria that cause it.
To make an air freshener spray, combine 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, and 5 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray the inside of the shoes or apply the spray to a cloth and rub it. Avoid spraying the spray on the outside of your shoes. Finally, let them air dry before wearing.
Deodorize ski boots with denatured alcohol
Pour some denatured alcohol into a spray bottle and give your shoes a wonderful magical mist that kills bacteria and eliminates odors. As the humidity dries, she imagines a billowing mist of stench rising into the sky.
Shoe deodorant: baking soda
Baking soda is one of those ingredients with miraculous and seemingly endless uses, from cleaning the tub to freshening the mouth. Add your shoe deodorant to that list, because just sprinkle it and let it sit overnight to get rid of the unpleasant odor. Don’t forget to throw in the dust before putting on your shoes for the next walk in the neighborhood.
Homemade shoe deodorant powder
Baking soda is a natural shoe deodorant, and tea tree oil kills bacteria. Using corn starch helps prevent shoe dust lumps from forming. However, don’t use essential oil if you have a pet who likes to chew on their shoes!
To make a powdered deodorant, combine 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 5 drops of tea tree oil in a small container. Lightly sprinkle your shoes after taking them off. Let it sit overnight to absorb the sweat and kill the odor, then shake off the excess.
It turns out that charcoal briquettes serve a different purpose than to grill burgers. Fill a sock with it and leave it in your shoes overnight. You’ll wake up smelling much better than the sneakers and sweat you left in them.
Deodorize your leather shoes with a bar of soap
It’s a good idea to leave a bar of soap in each of your two shoes for several hours. Since soap absorbs odors you don’t like, it leaves a fresh scent you love.
Shoe deodorant with essential oils
Take some cotton balls and pour a few drops of essential oil on them, then leave them in your shoes overnight. Unless, of course, you like the smell of citrus as much as you like the smell of your feet tucked into your woolen socks all day.
Drying sheets as a shoe deodorant
Just as you like your clothes to smell fresh, you want your smelly shoes to smell fresh too. To do this, throw in a good quality dryer sheet or two and go to bed.
DIY shoe deodorant sachets
Quickly absorbing sweat is the key to deodorising shoes. A homemade deodorant pack is easy to make and use for smelly shoes, especially those made of leather, suede, or some other non-washable material.
To make a deodorant pack, place 4 tablespoons of unscented cat litter on a coffee filter. Add a few drops of antifungal and antibacterial essential oils such as lavender, lemon, eucalyptus or cedar. Close the bag with an elastic and slip it into your shoes after taking them off. Discard the sachets after 2 or 3 uses, when the fragrance of the essential oils fades. Warning: Keep them out of the reach of children and pets.