6 Easy Hacks To Freshen Up Smelly Shoes

LIFESTYLE  |  October 11, 2016
  • 1. Always wear a pair of socks
    1 / 6 1. Always wear a pair of socks

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    Start by taking care of your feet. Wearing socks can help contain the sweat and odour that arise from all that walking, therefore saving your precious shoes from getting contaminated. Lucky for us, “invisible” socks are sold almost anywhere, so you can definitely wear a pair of socks discreetly inside your ballet flats!  

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  • 2. Put your shoes in the freezer
    2 / 6 2. Put your shoes in the freezer

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    If you ever get too frustrated with your stinky trainers, try giving them the cold shoulder by popping them in the freezer. Any bacteria in your shoes will freeze out and be rid of within 24 hours. An important thing to note is to always seal them in a ziploc bag before putting them in, unless you want to end up with a smelly freezer.



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  • 3. Stuff them with orange peels
    3 / 6 3. Stuff them with orange peels

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    In the midst of getting your mid-day snack, use orange peels to refresh your kicks. Remember to wrap the peels in parchment paper to prevent any oil stains from getting on your leather or canvas shoes. Orange peels have oils that are naturally antibacterial, which means any mould or bacteria can be destroyed. Leave the peels inside the shoes for about 24 hours and you’ll get nice-smelling shoes!



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  • 4. Rub in alcohol
    4 / 6 4. Rub in alcohol

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    When in doubt, kill any bacteria in your shoes with a little rubbing alcohol. Give the insoles a spritz or two and they will be as good as new.


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  • 5. Sprinkle baking soda
    5 / 6 5. Sprinkle baking soda

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    Unlike what its name might suggest, this formula isn’t just made for baking. Possibly one of the best household items to own, baking soda does a mean job of absorbing smells. Sprinkle the insides of your shoes with this magic powder and shake out before wearing them again.

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  • 6. Stuff newspaper in them
    6 / 6 6. Stuff newspaper in them

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    Simply crumple up a few pieces of old newspaper and stuff them in your shoes. The paper helps to soak up moisture while the carbon in the print soaks up the odour.

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