How to get rid of smelly running shoes

Smelly shoes are terrible. They are all sources of annoyance and embarrassment. Especially to those who go to the gym often or have sweaty feet. To get rid of your shoe odor, here are my all tips and tricks.

Before we start: Look for the cause

There are many reasons as to why your shoes have such foul odor.

  • Bacteria: the most common cause of shoe odor. Once bacteria inhibit your shoes, it will cling to your feet.
  • Sweat
  • Other foot problems: sometimes the foul smell may be caused by an infected wound on your feet. In case your feet have an opened wound, get them treated immediately.

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#Trick 1: Dry out your shoes

This method is great for preventing bacteria from growing and keeping your shoes dry.

How to dry your shoes

  • Take out the shoelaces and lift the tongue up.
  • Then place your shoes near a heater.

*Notice: You can leave them out in the sun to dry. Either way is fine.

#Trick 2: Wash your shoes

This is probably one of the most obvious ways. Wash your shoes regularly and thoroughly. And remember to wash them inside out. Once your shoes have been washed, keep them under the sun to dry.

#Trick 3: Use baking soda

How to use baking soda:


  • Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda on each of your shoe.
  • Leave it on your shoes overnight.
  • Dump out the powder the next day.


– You have to dump out the extra on your shoes the next day. Otherwise, you are going to end up with white, powdery mess on your feet all day.

– Alternately, you can mix the baking soda with Zinc oxide powder. This helps eliminate your shoe odor, as well as, eradicating fungus.


  • Grab a napkin
  • Damp your napkin in a mixture of water, five drops of tea tree oil, and ½ cup of baking soda
  • Place your napkin inside the shoe
  • Leave it there overnight
  • Remove the napkin the following morning


– You don’t want to damp your napkin too much as too much wetness can cause mold.

#Trick 4: Use teabags

You probably do not know this, but teabags can act as a good deodorizer for your shoes. Their contents contain tannins, which are very effective in killing bacteria.

How to use teabags:

  • Place the tea bag in boiling for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the bag and let it cool for another 5 minutes.
  • Then, place it on your shoes and leave it on for an hour.
  • Use paper/towel to wipe off the excess juice.


– Baking soda vs. teabags. Which method is more effective?

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  • Using tea bags is simpler

Though baking soda only costs less than $1, many households do not have baking soda in their houses. After all, it is still easier to take advantage of what you already have in your house.

  • Teabags can kill more bacteria

Despite popular beliefs, baking soda is neither a sanitizer nor disinfectant. What it can do is removing the foul odor of your shoes. In other words, it cannot eliminate bacteria, well most bacteria. Whereas, teabag’s content contains tannins, which are very effective in killing bacteria.

#Trick 5: Use alcohol

How to use alcohol:

  • Pour some rubbing alcohol in cotton then use it to wipe the insides of your shoes.
  • Leave your shoes undisturbed for a while so that it could absorb the liquid.
  • The foul smell should fade away after a few minutes.

*Notice: This method is particularly great for no washable shoes.

#Trick 6: Freeze your shoes

This may be the strangest method of all, but yes. Freezing your shoes does help. If any of the above methods doesn’t work, do try this one.

How to freeze your shoes:

  • Put your shoes in a plastic bag, then put them in you refrigerate.
  • Leave them there overnight.
  • By the time, you open your fridge in the next morning, the odor of your shoes will have faded away.

Well, there you go, that are my tips and tricks on how to get rid of your shoe odor. They are easy, simple, and safe methods that you can try at home. Just put in a little bit of care and attention, and you won’t have to worry about your smelly shoes again.

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