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How to kill mold in shoes

Updated February 21, 2017

It has happened to many people: You store your leather or suede shoes in a damp or humid, dark closet and when you go to put them on you discover mould. Shoes are an investment, and mould can ruin any pair of shoes, from the cheapest brands to the most expensive. Fortunately, you can save most shoes that have become mouldy.

Treat the area you keep your shoes so you don't have a recurring mould problem. You can buy moisture-reducing products such as Damp Rid in most grocery and discount stores. Place them in your closets.

Buy packets of silica gel from a craft or hobby supply store. Put the packets into the shoes that do not have mould as a preventive measure. Reserve a few packets to place in your mouldy shoes after you have treated them.

Brush the surface of your mouldy shoes with a nylon brush that has stuff bristles.

If you have mouldy nubuck or suede shoes, purchase a suede cleaner from a shoe store and apply it according to the package's instructions. Place the shoes in the sun to dry, if possible.

Mix one cup of water with one cup of distilled white vinegar in a small bowl.

To clean mouldy leather shoes, soak a clean, soft cloth in the vinegar mixture and completely wipe the surface of the shoes. Allow them to dry in the sun too.

Things You'll Need

  • Silica gel packets
  • Nylon brush
  • Water
  • Small bowls
  • Soft cloths
  • Distilled white vinegar
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Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.