How to Remove Foul Smell From Shoe Racks

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How to Remove Foul Smell From Shoe Racks
Clean your shoe racks with a spray bottle and vinegar. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from

A shoe rack allows you to efficiently place all of your shoes in one location, organised in a way that keeps pairs in order and easy to find. But just as your shoes sometimes develop an odour, this same odour can become present in the shoe rack itself. When this happens, you must use something that not only deodorises the shoe rack but also kills any bacteria that could be cause of the foul smell.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning rags
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar.

  2. 2

    Remove all shoes from the rack, and spray the vinegar over the entire rack. The vinegar is not only a disinfectant, but also a natural deodoriser that removes the foul smell without using the harsh chemicals found in many commercial deodorisers and disinfectants.

  3. 3

    Let the shoe rack absorb the vinegar for about 10 minutes, then wipe down the shoe rack with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Repeat monthly or as needed when foul odour becomes present. The vinegar can also be sprayed into the insoles of shoes to kill odour.

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