Hearing “Hm. What’s that smell?” after taking your shoes off can be really embarrassing. A major cause for stinky feet is poor ventilation which prevents feet sweat from evaporating easily. Below are some tips to help prevent your shoes from smelling.
5 simple hacks to stop feet smells that you can try right now:
Every part of our outer body produces sweats which are acidic in nature, including the sweat on our feet’s. The Sodium Bicarbonate in baking soda helps to absorb and neutralize the acids in our sweats which become bacteria’s. Simply sprinkle a bit of baking powders into your shoes overnight after taking them off to absorb the odors. Clap the shoes together to remove the excess powder before wearing them again.
Freeze ‘em Cold face
A lot of shoe odor is caused by bacteria and fungi feeding on your sweat. Those germs can’t survive at low temperatures so putting your shoes in the freezer overnight will kill them off leaving you with better-smelling shoes.
To control your feet sweat, powder up your feet and shoes. Baby powder soaks up that liquid and keeps your feet drier for longer, which should also reduce the odor your shoes give off.
Breathable cotton socks help absorb some of the moisture from your feet, keeping your shoes a bit cleaner. Also, it’s advised that you opt for “running socks” – they’re designed to wick sweat away from your feet while you exercise, and that’ll help reduce foot odor.
Black teabags contain tannins which are very effective in killing bacteria that can be found inside the shoe. After boiling, remove the tea bag and let it cool for about 5 minutes before placing it in the shoe. Leave it in the shoe for an hour or so.
Bonus Let your shoes breathe
As much as possible, avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. After wearing, air them out and try to get them as much heat as you can.