How to Kill Shoe Odor

Written by jess jones
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How to Kill Shoe Odor
Kill embarrassing shoe odour in a few easy steps. (shoes image by Christian De Grandmaison from

Excessive perspiration from the feet causes shoe odour. The moisture from the perspiration provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which cause shoes to smell. Shoe odour is most common in athletic shoes, but the problem can occur with any type of shoe. Foot and shoe odour is an embarrassing problem that many sufferers struggle with any time they have to remove their shoes around other people.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cat litter
  • Old socks
  • Baking soda
  • Shoe deodorant spray
  • Odour-neutralising insoles

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  1. 1

    Fill a pair of old socks with cat litter, and tie a knot at the end of each sock to keep the cat litter from spilling out. Place one sock in each shoe and leave overnight. The cat litter with help absorb trapped moisture in the shoes as well as neutralise the odour.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle baking soda inside each shoe and leave overnight. Shake out the baking soda before wearing the shoes. Baking soda will help neutralise the odour of smelly shoes.

  3. 3

    Spray the inside of each shoe with a shoe deodorant spray. Allow the spray to dry completely before wearing the shoes.

  4. 4

    Place odour-neutralising insoles in your shoes. Replace once a month.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid wearing thick socks made of synthetic fibres as they don't allow your feet to breathe. Instead, opt for thinner, cotton socks.
  • Rotate your shoes often. Wearing the same pair of shoes day after day will make the shoe odour worse.

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