We've all been there before: afraid to take off our sneakers, boots, sandals, or shoes because our shoes stink. We're so concerned someone with a discerning nose will pick up our shoe odor that we hide in the corner with our feet shoved under the sofa. Oh please don't smell my shoes and feet.
So why do our shoes smell? Our feet sweat and create bacteria buildup that creates the bad odor. Athletes tend to have even stinkier shoes because they sweat more and therefore the bacteria builds up more and faster.
Sometimes, even when you throw your shoes into the washing machine, the smell doesn't come out! What's up with that??? And, to make it worse, your prized running sneakers may end up warped or ruined because you tried to deodorize them. So what's a person to do?
Put your shoes in the freezer. Freezing will kill the bacteria that causes the odors and it will freshen your shoes. To enhance the process, put some baking soda in your shoes before placing them in the freezer.
If you don't want to put your shoes in the freezer exposed, place them in a plastic bag. First, put some baking soda in your shoes, then put them in the plastic bag and into the freezer. Leave your shoes in the freezer overnight. In the morning, take them out of the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature before you wear them (otherwise you'll be unhappy!). Take the shoes out of the plastic bag and shake out the loose baking soda into the garbage can. It won't hurt you or your shoes if some baking soda is left in the shoes.
During times of the year when it's around or below freezing at night, leave your shoes outside overnight. Put baking soda in your shoes and then throw them in a plastic bag. Make sure when you put them outside you leave them in an area that won't be exposed to rain or snow, or where they could be stolen.
If you don't trust your shoes outside alone overnight, put them in your car. Your car gets just as cold overnight and will kill the bacteria in your shoes.
All of these tips can be done to your shoes several times without ruining the materials, unless they are made of a delicate fabric that cannot withstand cold temperatures. For those shoes, take them to a professional cobbler.
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