How to Get the Smell Out of Leather Sandals

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How to Get the Smell Out of Leather Sandals
Remove bad smell from leather sandals (brown sandals image by robert lerich from

Leather sandals can develop a foul stench. This is due to foot odour or moisture accumulating in the sandals. As with other leather items, one must take certain precautions when attempting to remove odours. Moisture, cleaners and other items cause serious damage to the leather. A common, natural household product will remove the unpleasant smell from the leather sandals without damaging or staining them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Sunlight

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  1. 1

    Wipe the insides of the leather sandals with a clean, dry cloth. Make sure the sandals are completely dry.

  2. 2

    Pour half a cup of baking soda inside both leather sandals. The baking soda will absorb any leftover moisture and eliminate odours inside the sandals.

  3. 3

    Place the sandals outside in a sun-covered spot. Sunlight also neutralises odours inside the leather sandals.

  4. 4

    Leave the sandals out in the sun for no less than one hour.

  5. 5

    Remove the baking soda from the leather sandals by banging either the top or bottom of the sandals against the ground, or another solid item. Wipe the inside of the sandals with a dry cloth in order to wipe away the baking soda.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process if you still notice the smell inside the leather sandals.

Tips and warnings

  • Perform this procedure as soon as you notice the odour. Otherwise, you may need to repeat it several times in order to fully remove the smell from the sandals.

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