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Get Rid of Shoe Odor

Updated on May 29, 2010

Shoe odor and foot odor are absolutely nauseating. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but if a man comes by to visit or spend the night and his shoes reek to high heaven, I am unlikely to let him anywhere near my bedroom. No, I'm not kidding -- if you're feet and shoes smell that badly, I don't want to know what the rest of you smells like! That said, I can empathize with the problem, as I had a similar issue when I was a teenager: Every pair of canvas shoes I wore without socks smelled absolutely disgusting after a short period of time. Fortunately that problem went away on its own I don't have stinky feets anymore, but if I did, I'd use the following tips to get rid of my foot odor.

1. Wash your feet every day.

Please don't tell me this is stating the obvious, because it isn't. Standing in the shower and putzing around doesn't equal washing your feet. Nor does sitting in the bathtub. If your feet smell, there's a bacterial buildup going on and you need to scrub your piggies (and in between) clean. Every day. Maybe more than once if you play sports or things of that nature.

2. Dry your feet well before putting socks on.

Bacteria loves moist, dark and warm, so if your feet are wet going into a pair of socks you are only creating the perfect environment for the little buggers to grow.

3. Change your socks every day.

Ok, this one probably is stating the obvious, but there are a lot of people who don't do this. Makes no sense to wash your feet and stick them into stinky socks, so make sure your socks are clean.

4. Wear odor eating socks.

Odor eating socks are a very clever invention. They will protect your feet from fungi, bacteria and other nasties that cause foot odors. Some of them are even said to improve the over all appearance of your skin. Prettier feet can't be a bad thing, eh?

5. Avoid synthetic fibers.

If you don't use odor eating socks, stick to cotton and make sure you don't use synthetic materials as they don't absorb well and tend to stay damp and funky for long periods of time.

6. Air your shoes out every night.

Stick them outdoors if you can. A balcony or even a window sill is better than just leaving them on the bedroom floor.

7. Baking soda.

I had a date come over once who had horrible, horrible smelling shoes. Oy, I want to chuck just remembering it. I made him stick them on the balcony and I dumped baking soda into each one and shook it round til the shoes were coated. In the morning they were stink-free and they actually stayed that way for about a week. Cheap and effective!

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