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How to Get the Stink Out of Shoes

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It’s always fun to get some fresh footwear, but just like vegetables and reality TV, your shoes don’t stay fresh forever. Those who work or play under conditions that fill their shoes with sweat are especially at risk of having an odiferous breakdown sooner than later. If you’re facing down some embarrassing shoe odor, there are ways you can try to restore order. You might not get that new shoe smell again, but it can be better than the alternative.

Getting rid of shoe odor means eliminating the odor-producing bacteria that reside in them. A good, quick first step is to freeze them dead. Simply place your shoes in a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer for a day. It won’t eliminate all of the bacteria, but it can help.

Another germ-killing option is rubbing alcohol. Spritzing a mix of rubbing alcohol and water inside your shoes with the help of a spray bottle can be a killer to bacteria. You can even fully rinse shoes in this mixture if felt needed.

Don’t forget that the washer may be a viable option as well. Check to see that your shoes are actually machine washable first. If they are, remove the laces and place them in a pillowcase to wash separately. Once cleaned, don’t throw the shoes in the dryer; let them air dry fully instead.

Other options such as orange peels, newspaper, and chemical sprays in your shoes overnight can help add freshness as well. For more ideas, and help tackling the causes of sweaty feet and foot odor, contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery. We have two area offices to serve your needs: (203) 876-7736 for Milford and (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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