Want to Keep Your Shoes Smelling Fresh? Follow These Handy Tips

Unpleasant odours can easily develop in your footwear, but there’s no need to worry. These easy tips will help you keep your shoes smelling fresh.


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Sweat and bacteria can make your shoes smell bad. The moment you get a whiff of that unpleasant smell, you need to act quickly. Removing bacteria is also important to maintain proper hygiene.

Wash your shoes, if they are not leather or suede, and let them dry properly. Use these simple tips to keep your shoes smelling fresh.

1) Using Tea Bags

Soak 1-2 tea bags in boiling water like you would if you were making a cup of tea. Then, place the bags on a plate and leave them to cool down and dry out. Next, place them inside your shoes. The tannins from the tea bags will help fight the bacteria, which is one of the main causes of odour.

2) Using Essential Oils

You can remove bad odour from your shoes and replace them with a pleasant fragrance of your choice. Take a bowl and add 3 drops of eucalyptus, tea tree or any other essential oil of your choice. Pour the oil on to some newspaper, scrunch it up, and place it in your shoe. Leave it there for a few hours and your homemade shoe deodoriser will do its job.

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3) Using Citrus Peel

The zest of citrus fruits left overnight can freshen things up too. Place fresh orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime peel in your shoes and leave them overnight. Your shoes will smell much better in the morning.

4) Baking Soda

Baking soda absorbs foul odours. Simply add 2 tsp. of baking soda in each shoe and allow it to sit overnight. By next morning, the odour will be gone. Forever, be careful while doing so with leather shoes as it might damage the finish. For leather shoes, add 2 tsp. of baking soda in socks, tie a knot and place it in the shoes. Remove next morning.

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5) Cat Litter

Yes, you read it right! Cat litter contains deodorisers. Add a layer of cat litter in your shoes and let it rest overnight. The next morning, remove it and wipe with a damp-dry cloth. The stink will be gone.

6) Salt

Salt soaks up moisture and eliminates odour. Using it is simple. Liberally sprinkle some salt inside your shoes and leave it overnight. The next morning, clean it with a damp dry cloth.

7) Fabric Softener Sheets

Fabric softener sheets come in handy when it comes to remove odours. Simple place one fabric softener sheet in each shoe and leave it for 7-8 hours or overnight. It will help neutralise odour.

8) Rubbing Alcohol

Take 4-5 drops of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and rub it over the inner parts of your shoes. Leave it to rest for 7-8 hours. It helps remove odours effectively.

There you go! Follow these easy tips to care for your shoes and keep them smelling fresh always.

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