One of the problems that we sometimes have to deal with in our daily lives is the bad smell of shoes .

The problem in some cases is to lead a busy life in which we do not stop for a moment; our feet sweat and that bad smell remains impregnated in the footwear that we usually wear, to eliminate the bad smell of the shoes many times it is not only necessary to use natural or expensive methods , but also to treat locally or internally the problem that causes the bad smell from shoes, either due to foot fungus , lack of ventilation in footwear or bacteria that do not allow the foot to stay healthy.

How to remove odor from shoes

One of the solutions to eliminate the bad smell of the shoes is to put them in the washing machine, but this can have several problems: the first is that many shoes can be damaged if they are washed in this way.

In addition, it will take a long time to dry and we will surely need them the next day. That is why we have compiled some tricks that are going to be great for us.

Partner Bicarbonate

Baking soda plays a key role in removing odor from shoes . Using it is very simple: we just have to put baking soda inside our shoes throughout the night and wait until the next day. Another option is to mix sodium bicarbonate with zinc in equal parts, in this way we will take advantage of the advantages of zinc to eliminate bad smell bacteria from shoes.

When we realize the smell will be completely gone. Do this for only three days and you will have them as new (internally speaking), it is recommended.

Using in freezer

Have you ever thought about freezing your shoes? On the Internet there was a little trick with which we managed to increase a couple of shoe sizes just by putting them with bags in the freezer.
Well, we are also going to do this to eliminate the bad ” shoe odor “. Leave them overnight in it and as soon as you take them out put them in the sun. You will see how it works perfectly.

Lavender flowers

Lavender flowers are used in homes since their aroma helps to give an air of freshness to any space in our home. It has a very penetrating smell that will be able to eliminate any bad smell that we do not want.

Simply place these lavender flowers inside them and so you can eliminate the smell of the shoes and even now you will have it with a scented aroma.

Cat litter

Surely this trick to eliminate the bad smell of the shoes you did not know. Fill two socks or tights with kitty litter and let the scent soak into the litter overnight.
In the morning put them in the sun so that it finishes drying them. When you are done, the smell will be completely gone.


Another great idea to neutralize the smell of shoes is to use the skin of a fruit that is very citrus. You must put it inside a bag and this, in turn, inside the footwear. This aroma is responsible for eliminating any bad smell inside.

Talcum powder

Another of the beneficial properties of talcum powder is that they will help you eliminate the bad smell from your shoes. Fill the shoe with these powders overnight.

It will absorb moisture making them smell good and remain very soft inside, although the use of products that later do not harm the health of your feet is recommended, so you can opt for baby powders that are softer.


There are some types of oils that are capable of disinfecting the area where they are going to be applied, in our case we are referring to the inside of our footwear.

You can find them in herbal stores or perfumeries. To use it, you just have to spill a couple of drops on their insoles and repeat twice a week.

Changing templates

One of the main reasons why shoes smell bad is due to having an insole that is too old or neglected. Make sure to maintain good hygiene in that area and to renew the insoles to prevent them from smelling bad.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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