No matter how fabulous your shoes look, if they aren't fresh, chances are you won’t want to wear them. Here are a few natural methods to get rid of bad odours so that you can wear your beautiful footwear with confidence.
Check your insoles. If your insoles are damp or damaged, that may be what is making your shoes smell bad. Take the insoles out and dry them; if they’re damaged, buy new ones with anti-bacterial properties.
Dry your shoes. Damp insoles can cause bacteria to grow, which in turn causes odour. The same thing will happen if your shoes are damp. To prohibit bacterial growth, dry your shoes out near (never directly on) a heater or put your shoes out in the sun. If you take the laces out and lift the tongue, your shoes will dry faster.
Use insoles that are made of cedar wood. While this may sound strange, insoles that contain cedar will be naturally antifungal. Cedar smells fresh, and works in two ways; it removes odour and prevents bacteria from growing.
Put your shoes in the deep freeze – literally. Place your shoes in a plastic bag, and then put them in the freezer overnight. The next day, take them out of the bag and let them thaw in the sunlight for best results. The theory behind this method of freshening shoes is that the cold temperatures will kill odour-causing bacteria. The effect may only be temporary, however.
Place fabric softener sheets in your shoes. Fabric softener sheets, the type you put in the tumble-dryer, remove moisture and will also leave a rather pleasant smell. Simply ball up a few sheets and pack them inside your shoes after you’ve worn them.
Place citrus peel in your shoes. Orange, grapefruit, lime, and lemon peel all have that wonderful fresh smell because of their essential oils. If your shoes are smelly, dry them out, and then place some fresh citrus peel inside them, and leave the peels overnight. By morning, your footwear should smell a lot better.
If you try the above methods and your shoes are still smelly, you may need to buy an antifungal powder or medication for your feet, or you may want to try placing a generous amount of baking soda in your shoes. Leave the baking soda overnight, and dump it out before wearing your shoes again.
For more friendly advice about shoes and caring for your footwear, visit Shuphoric online or drop by the shop located in the heart of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland where customer service representatives will be delighted to help