How to Deodorize Shoes

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Foot Petals® Shoe Deodorizer Tips & Tricks

From hitting the gym to grinding it out at work and always making time for Self-Care Sundays, you’re out there working on your best self. You don’t need a smelly pair of gym shoes or rank ballet flats making you feel uncomfortable.

Wondering how to keep your flats from smelling or what’s the easiest way to rid your closet of musty odors? Discover the best way to deodorize shoes using Foot Petals shoe deodorizers plus other tips and tricks for clean, fresh, always comfy shoes.

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Why do shoes smell?

What makes shoes smell is the buildup of bacteria inside of them. When you sweat in a pair of leather pumps or fur boots that lack ventilation, the moisture from your sweat creates the perfect place for bacteria to thrive, producing a foul-smelling odor.

Certain synthetic materials in the shoes can also worsen this smell. Until you do something to minimize the bacteria and be more proactive about ways to deodorize your shoes, the smell will keep coming back. Keeping your feet and your shoes clean and bacteria free is one of the best practices for foot health.

How to Get the Smell Out of Shoes

Whether you’re cleaning your winter boots or bought shoes online that arrived smelling weird, get rid of lingering shoe smells with Foot Petals sneaker deodorizers. The best way to deodorize the inside of shoes, these powerful odor blockers replace the stink with a fresh, clean scent that lasts up to three months.

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An easy shoe hack for all shoe lovers, sneaker deodorizer balls help eliminate odors in your ballet flats, hiking boots, running shoes, canvas sneakers, and all your favorite footwear trends.

How do shoe odor balls work?

Foot Petals deodorizer balls for shoes work by neutralizing odors and replacing them with a delightfully fresh scent. Just twist to open, select the level of desired freshness, and toss the deodorizer ball into your shoe.

Other Uses for Shoe Deodorizer Balls

While they are the best sneaker deodorizer, Foot Petals shoe odor balls can also be used in any small space that needs a quick freshening up. Some suggestions include:

  • Gym bag
  • Locker
  • Purse
  • Sock drawer
  • Small closet
  • Suitcase
  • Backpack

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Tips & Tricks for Deodorizing Shoes

While sneaker deodorizer balls help absorb the unwanted odors in your shoes, you still must get rid of the bacteria to keep your feet healthy. Here are a few shoe and foot care tips that will keep your style as fresh as a new pair:

  • Alternate shoes. Wearing the same shoes everyday keeps bacteria growing, making your favorite pair also your smelliest. Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row so they have time to air out. Yet another reason to buy more shoes!
  • Practice good foot hygiene. From everything showers to post-gym rinse downs, wash your feet with soap and water daily. Make sure they are completely dry before putting on socks and shoes to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.
  • Clean shoes regularly. Unsightly stains aren’t the only reason to clean your white sneakers. Cleaning all your shoes regularly and properly helps rid them of bacteria and smells. Keep them clean for longer with Foot Petals shoe protection sprays.
  • Wear the right socks. Socks help absorb excess moisture in your shoes from sweat. For a trendy look, consider wearing socks with heels, or try out some moisture wicking, odor absorbing sock inserts, the best socks for flats.
  • Replace your insoles. Old, worn insoles may be the source of your shoe odor. Replace them with a new pair of orthotic insoles or add Foot Petals shoe inserts to your shoes for breathable, cushioned support.

As an extra boost of bacteria fighting power, use a shoe disinfectant spray to keep shoes fresh in between cleaning sessions. For a DIY shoe deodorizer, a spritz of white vinegar mixed with water or a light misting of rubbing alcohol will do. Shoe deodorizer balls will help your shoes smell better for longer.

Get the Smell Out with Foot Petals Shoe Deodorizers

We love that new shoe smell so much we made sneaker deodorizers to make it last longer. Get fresh smelling shoes without breaking a sweat with Foot Petals deodorizers and odor fighters. For all your other shoe problems, try our shoe cushions and shoe care essentials, making every step as comfy as you are stylish.

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Frame, D. (2024, February 21) How to Get the Smell Out of Shoes.