1. Wash Them
This seems like the most obvious of options. Still, it must be noted that you can’t wash all shoes. Check the material on the footwear or contact the manufacturer to see what the best way to clean them would be before cleaning them. You want to avoid ruining them. If the shoe is made of fabric, you can just toss them in your washing machine on a gentle, warm cycle. Instead of fabric softener, use white vinegar. It kills odor-causing bacteria. When drying, tumble dry on low, or air dry them.
2. Powder or Spray Them
These are both an option, but they’re tedious and messy. If you want to use a powder or a spray, you can make homemade ones or purchase them from your local store. There are various shoe deodorizing powder and spray recipes available through a quick google search.
3. Stuff Them
Odor can come from sweat in the shoe. Stuff your shoes with newspaper to help absorb some of that moisture. It’s the same concept as wearing thick socks with your shoes. Going forward, keep the stuffing that comes with the footwear when you first purchase them. See? There is a use for all that paper you usually throw right into the trash upon opening a new pair of shoes.
4. Freeze Them
You read that right. You can freeze your shoes in your freezer to help get rid of the odor. Sticking them in a colder environment will kill the bacteria that causes the odor because these bacteria can’t survive in more freezing temperatures. Leave the shoe in the freezer overnight. Then, defrost them in the morning before wearing them.
5. Use a Deodorizing Patch
If you don’t have time for all the above OR you’ve done all the above and want to make sure your shoe stays fresh, try a shoe deodorizing patch. YES! This exists now, and Probelle is the only US carrier. It’s an adhesive pouch that sticks to the inside(vamp) of the shoe to deodorize & eliminate bacteria for up to 90 days. The antimicrobial solution inside is emitted into the shoe through the porous pouch. When applied correctly shoe solution sterilizes airborne bacteria to purify air, eliminating odor. What’s more? It’s made with 4 essential oils – Patchouli Oil, Fenugreek Extract, Eucalyptus Oil, and Thyme Oil and emits a fresh forest scent! So easy. For more information, go here.