Stinky shoesWe can ask a lot of our shoes sometimes. We work hard in some. We play hard in others. So when we bring them home and it smells like Pepe Le Pew is living in them, it’s not really their fault. Luckily, there are ways to help keep smelly shoes to a minimum.

To get rid of shoe odor, you need to get rid of the bacteria that are thriving in them and excreting foul-smelling byproducts. One potential solution that some of us tend to overlook is simply washing your shoes. Many washing machines can be used for this, but first remove the laces and any other detachable bits from the footwear. You will also want to place the shoes in a pillowcase to prevent them from rattling around too much within the machine. Run a cycle with hot water and detergent.

If a simple wash doesn’t quite do the trick, you can also try using bleach in a sink or outside. Fill each shoe with boiling water from a kettle, then add a small amount of bleach to each. Let them soak for a few minutes, then dump the water and wash as above.

If a washing machine is out of the question entirely, you can try wiping the insides of your shoes with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, or spraying them with Lysol. If you want a more proactive approach, try dusting your feet and the insides of your shoes with baking soda each morning to help absorb shoe odor.

If smelly shoes are a consistent problem, the main issue might be excessive sweating and odor with your feet. If nothing is working to beat the stink, come see us at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. Our experts can determine the source of the problem and suggest the best treatments to make things fresh and clear again. Schedule an appointment with our Carmichael, CA office by calling (916) 961-3434.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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