Spring Cleaning Those Smelly Shoes

Spring is coming, chasing away winter blues. Already the days are getting longer and signs of the season are cropping up. Spring is the start of many different things, and with the appearance of warmer weather, many people take the time to do some deep cleaning. Something you should clean this season that you might not think of right away might be your smelly shoes.

All winter long you’ve kept your feet cooped up in your footwear. Everyone’s feet sweat, which can lead to odorous toes. This sweaty smell gets trapped in your shoes, too. If your shoes can clear a room when you take them off, some simple home remedies can help you remove foot odor and restore your footwear.

First, try washing them to eliminate the accumulated sweat and odorous bacteria. Some sneakers are machine washable; other shoes may need to be cleaned by hand. Then hang your shoes out to dry. When they are mostly or completely dry, stuff them with newspaper to help pull out lingering moisture and odor. After that, use odor-absorbing products in your footwear regularly to stay on top of the smell. Baking soda and kitty litter effectively eat odors. Just sprinkle those directly into your shoes or clean socks at night and shake them out in the morning. Orange peels and freezing shoes overnight works as well. You should also try to alternate between pairs of shoes every day, to give each a chance to dry between uses. Avoid storing your shoes in closed-in or damp places, as that doesn’t allow them to dry well.

You don’t have to put up with smelly shoes this spring. You can remove foot odor and enjoy them again. If you’re struggling with smelly feet, or have any other foot or ankle concerns, contact the experts here at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV. We can help you keep your feet comfortable and healthy. Call (775) 783-8037 or fill out the website contact form to reach us. 

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