Unfortunately, your shoes often develop odors over time, and you may not realize that your shoes need refreshed until the odor is out of control. Luckily, you can easily keep shoes fresh with a few easy solutions. In fact, you probably have the ingredients you need in your home already.
If you want fresh, odor-free shoes, here are some DIY tricks you’ll want to try.:
Freeze Your Shoes
It sounds strange, but popping your shoes in the freezer can eliminate odors. The freezing temperatures help kill odor-causing bacteria. You can place your shoes in a Ziploc bag, seal them, and then place in the freezer overnight. Remove shoes in the morning and they’ll smell fresh.
Use Baking Soda
Another DIY trick for fresh shoes is to sprinkle a bit of baking soda in your shoes when you take them off at the end of the day. Let the baking soda sit in your shoes overnight. The next morning, eliminate any excess baking powder. The baking powder is absorbent and will lift and absorb away any bad odors.
This method is a lot like the baking soda option. Simply add a bit of baby powder to the soles of your shoes before you wear them. In most cases, it’s best to use this method in shoes that require you to wear socks. The presence of the baby powder will eliminate moisture and keep your feet and shoes fresh all day long.
The Orange Peel Method
Are you looking for a powder-free, natural way to eliminate shoe odors? Save those orange peels. Place a few orange peels inside your shoes and allow them to sit in the shoes overnight. The peels help to eliminate any odors and you’ll enjoy citrus-scented, fresh shoes the next day.
Coffee beans are wonderful at eliminating odors, and they can help deal with shoe odors too. If you want to use fresh coffee beans, place a few coffee beans in a coffee filer and then place the coffee filter in the shoe. Allow the beans to sit in shoes for several hours for the best result. If you don’t want to use fresh coffee beans, use expired coffee beans in shoes for an inexpensive way to freshen shoes.
Last, you can also use newspapers to deal with unwanted shoe odors. To eliminate shoe odors, add several drops of your favorite essential oils on a ball of crumpled newspaper. After the oil dries on the paper, place the ball of newspaper in your shoes. Allow the newspaper to sit in shoes for several hours. The longer you leave the paper in the shoes, the more of the odor the newspaper will eliminate.