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Removing Shoe Odor With Baking Soda

Updated on January 28, 2016

I would like to know if it is possible to remove shoe odor with baking soda. I read somewhere that you can use baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor in your shoes. How true is this? My shoes tend to smell a lot from time to time. Can I really remove the bad smell from my shoes with baking soda?

Absolutely you can! You can use baking soda to remove shoe odor. There are so many great natural ways to go about getting rid of unpleasant shoe odor, and one of them is by the use of baking soda.

Baking soda, which is also known as sodium bicarbonate, will not only bake you delicious pastries but can also remove odors from so many things, and your smelly shoes are no exception.

Why does baking soda remove odors?

The main reason why baking soda is capable of removing unpleasant odors from places is simply because of the fact that it kills odor-causing bacteria. It is as simple as that. When odor-causing bacteria don’t exist, then unpleasant odors can’t be generated. This is the reason why for ages, baking soda has been used as a deodorizer.

The great thing about baking soda is the fact that unlike other deodorizers which just cover unpleasant odors temporarily, baking soda will permanently get rid of odors by tackling and destroying the root cause of the odor – the odor-causing bacteria.

How to use baking soda to remove shoe odor.
How to use baking soda to remove shoe odor.

So how do you really use baking soda to get rid of odors from stinky shoes?

The simplest way to achieve this is just by sprinkling a substantial amount of baking soda directly inside the smelly shoes and leaving the shoes untouched for several hours.

For me, what I normally do when I need to get rid of the bad smell from my shoes is I sprinkle two tablespoons of baking soda in each of the smelly shoes and shake each shoe gently so that the baking soda thoroughly spreads all over the interior of the shoes. I then let the shoes stay untouched at a corner overnight. The next day when I wake up, I reach for the shoes and pour out the soda by turning the shoes upside down and shaking them. That’s all I do to turn the bad smell from my shoes into a fresh smell. I repeat the process whenever my shoes get stinky.

It is a very easy process yet one of the most effective ways to get rid of unpleasant shoe odor, don’t you think so?

NOTE: There are certain types of shoes such as leather and suede shoes which are not too compatible with baking soda. These shoes don’t like being exposed for too long to baking soda since the soda can easily make them to become brittle.

The solution to this is to avoid sprinkling too much baking soda in your leather shoe and avoid leaving the soda inside the leather shoes for too long.

Another solution is by not putting the baking soda directly into the interior of the shoes. You can pour the baking soda in a cotton socks and leave the socks in the shoes overnight. Personally, I think this isn’t as effective as putting the baking soda directly into your shoes.

If your shoes aren’t leather or suede shoes, then you don’t have to worry about the baking soda making the shoes brittle. You can sprinkle as much baking soda into the shoes as you want without worrying about getting the shoes damaged. Just make sure to get rid of the soda from the shoes before you wear them.


In concluding this post, I want to assure all readers that baking soda can be effectively used to get rid of bad smells from shoes. Just follow the guideline in this article and you’ll be able to stop your smelly shoes from disgracing you in public.

Also, it is worth noting that you increase the likelihood of your shoes becoming smellier if you normally don’t wear socks with your shoes. Socks are very important since they absorb the sweat your feet produce, thereby providing an unfavorable environment for odor-causing bacteria to thrive. When these bacteria can't thrive in your shoes, then your shoes don't smell bad.

You can read more about other simple ways to get rid of shoe odor here.

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