How to Get Rid of Smelly Insoles in Shoes

Written by jennifer hudock
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Over time and with frequent use, the insoles of your shoes may become odorous and unpleasant. If your actual shoes are in good shape, you won't want to throw them away, you'll want to save them. Foot odour sprays may provide some relief from the smell, but if the insoles are really smelly, it may be better to remove and replace them. Many athletic shoes glue their soles into the bottom, and with a little wear, that glue becomes soft and pliable, making the insoles easy to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Antifungal foot spray
  • Replacement insoles

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    Tug the insoles in your shoes to see if they are loose enough to pull out. Sometimes, constant wear will be enough to loosen the insoles just enough that a little tugging will pull them out of place.

  2. 2

    Place shoes in the dryer if the insoles are stubbornly glued into place. The heat from the dryer may melt the glue enough that you can easily pull the insoles out of your shoes.

  3. 3

    Throw the old insoles in the garbage once you've pulled them out of your shoes.

  4. 4

    Spray the insides of your shoes after removing the insoles with an antifungal, antibacterial foot spray.

  5. 5

    Replace the old insoles with disposable insoles designed to destroy and keep foot odour at bay. Make sure you replace them regularly to keep the shoe odour from becoming overwhelming.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep shoes dry between wearing them. If you are athletic, and sweat builds up while you are active, make sure your shoes dry out completely before you put them on again. You may need to put them in front of a fan or heater.

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