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Eliminate Odor from Smelly Shoes and Boots

  • Published: 2014-03-31 (Rev. 2017-02-15) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Handy tips and tricks to help eliminate bad odor from smelly shoes and boots quickly.

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"Place a sheet of dryer fabric softener into your shoes after wearing. A sheet will last for about a week."

Humidity and warmth in the shoes is what causes the bacteria that create the odor.

Stinky shoes and/or smelly feet can be not only annoying, but a source of embarrassment as well. The proper term for smelly feet is Bromhidrosis (smell of bacteria growing on the body) or Hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased perspiration). It is an unfortunate part of an active lifestyle, as even the smallest bit of sweat can create a pair of smelly shoes.

Although cleaning the shoes regularly will kill the bacteria, and washing the foot prevents them from growing, the reality is that preventing moisture by using a talcum powder is the best solution.

Other steps to help prevent stinky shoes include; washing your feet with an antibacterial soap, by wearing clean leather shoes, cotton socks, and change shoes daily, and use a good quality foot spray at night.

Tips for Getting Rid of Shoe and Boot Odor:

Commercial Products for Smelly Shoes and Boots:

Companies like Tineacide, 2Toms and Dr. Scholl's all sell a foot spray that works as an effective shoe deodorizer.

Related Information:

  1. Getting Rid of Stubborn Odors in Clothes and Fabrics - Ian Langtree - (Mar 29, 2014)
  2. Get Rid of Stale Cigarette Smoke Smell from House - Ian Langtree - (Mar 28, 2014)
  3. Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) - Fishy Body Odor Causes and Treatment - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-25)
  4. How to Treat Sweaty Smelly Feet and Foot Odor - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-25)
  5. Get Rid of Refrigerator and Freezer Odors - Tips and information on how to get rid of fridge and freezer smells and how to dispose of old refrigerator units - Ian Langtree


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