How to Get Rid of Odor in Shoes

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – that moment you take off your shoes, and an unpleasant smell wafts through the air. It's like opening a Pandora’s box of odors. But hey, don’t let stinky shoes get you down! It’s not just a you problem; it's an everyone-who-wears-shoes problem. 

In this blog, we'll dive into the nitty-gritty of keeping your beloved work shoes and leisure kicks smelling as fresh as a daisy. From banishing bad odors to maintaining a hygienic shoe environment, you are covered with some practical advice and readily available solutions about how to remove shoe odor, including odor-fighting insoles from Clove which are a game changer for smelly feet. Let's embark on this journey of removing odor together and say goodbye to those awkward 'hold-your-breath' moments caused by stinky feet.

How to Clean Removable Insoles

Getting rid of shoe odor is a battle against bacteria and sweat, the usual suspects behind what causes foot odor. Removable insoles are like a secret weapon in the fight against foot odor, which is why we designed them for our sneakers. These odor-fighting insoles are specifically designed to combat odors, and they’re a perfect example of how targeted design can address specific issues like shoe odor. Here’s how to keep them fresh:

#1 Take Them Out

Remove the insoles from your shoes. This simple act allows them to air out and reduces the buildup of moisture and bacteria. It's a crucial first step in the deodorizing process

#2 Wash Them

Most insoles can be gently washed with a mix of mild soap and water. Use a soft brush to scrub away any dirt or grime. This regular cleaning can significantly lower the chances of unpleasant odor developing in the first place.

#3 Dry Them Thoroughly

Post-wash, let them air dry completely before putting them back in your shoes. Damp insoles are a breeding ground for bacteria. Ensure they’re bone dry to avoid creating a moist environment ideal for odor-causing bacteria

$4 Deodorize

Sprinkle some baking soda or foot powder on the insoles to absorb any residual odor. It’s an extra step that can make a big difference in maintaining that fresh smell.

Preventatives to Keep Your Insoles Clean

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to foot odor. Here are some preventative measures:

  • Rotate Your Shoes: Wearing the same pair of shoes every day doesn’t give them enough time to air out. Rotate between different pairs to give each one a breather. This habit not only helps with odor but also prolongs the life of your shoes.
  • Wear Socks: Socks absorb sweat and reduce direct contact between your feet and the insoles. Choose breathable materials and take this as an opportunity to also consider compression socks for added comfort. This simple change can significantly minimize the development of odors.
  • Keep Your Feet Clean: Regular foot hygiene can drastically reduce shoe odor. Wash your feet daily and ensure they are completely dry before slipping on your shoes. A clean foot is less likely to create a smelly shoe.

Tackle Shoe Odor 

Indeed, stinky shoes don't have to be your Achilles' heel. With these practical tips on how to remove odors from shoes and some help from Clove’s insoles, you can keep your shoes smelling fresh and your feet happy. Remember, tackling shoe odor is a combination of good hygiene, regular cleaning, and a little bit of ingenuity. So go ahead, step out in confidence, and let your breathable shoes do the talking – and this time, in a good way!



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