How to clean stinky wet winter boots

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How to clean stinky wet winter boots
Wet winter boots can give off an unpleasant odour. (boots image by Trevor Rogers from

Boots go a long way toward protecting your feet from the harsh elements of winter. Winter boots get dirty and dingy, and they also can develop an unpleasant odour. No one wants to walk around in stinky, wet winter boots. Fortunately, you can clean winter boots and rid them of their unpleasant odour by using a few household items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Newspapers
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Remove dirt from the boots by taking them outside and knocking them together.

  2. 2

    Hold the boots over a garbage can and scrub any remaining dirt off with an old toothbrush. Wipe the soles of the boots clean with a damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Remove the inserts from the boots, if possible. Wash them on a cool setting using a mild laundry detergent. Allow the inserts to air dry.

  4. 4

    Create a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Saturate a cloth or sponge in the solution and gently scrub or blot the winter boots. The vinegar-water mixture will remove salt stains and unpleasant odours from the winter boots.

  5. 5

    Stuff newspapers inside the boots and leave them in a dry location for a few hours, to help draw out any moisture.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle baking soda liberally inside the winter boots. Allow the baking soda to sit inside the boots overnight. Shake the baking soda from the boots and place the inserts back before wearing.

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