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Nobody Wants to Have Stinky Feet: 13 Ways to Keep Shoe Odor at Bay

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Nobody Wants to Have Stinky Feet: 13 Ways to Keep Shoe Odor at Bay

Sweaty feet are just a part of summer, but stinky shoes can be left behind. If you struggle with this embarrassing battle, fear no longer. There are several natural and effective ways to rid your favorite sneakers of the leftover gym smell. Plus, most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry and will take no longer than the length of time that you are sleeping.

What causes shoe odor?

Bacteria is the number one cause of shoe odor. Bacteria especially like to thrive on moist shoes, and once it inhibit the shoes, it will cling to the feet every time the shoe is worn. Sweat is another cause of shoe odor. Sweaty feet draw attention to odor-causing bacteria. Another factor could be smell coming from an infected wound. If this is the case, immediate medical attention is required.

How to Get Rid of Shoe Odor

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    1. Baking soda

    Sprinkle a bit of baking soda in and on shoes that stink. Leave the baking soda in them overnight, and remove before putting on the next day, or next use.

    2. Essential oil

    Put a few drops of essential oil inside of the shoes, and then place papers in as well. Leave the papers and essential oil inside for a few hours, even up to as long as overnight. Remove the papers before using the shoes again.

    3. Vinegar

    The vinegar will bubble and fizz, but let it sit for about 15 minutes. Remove the solution from the shoes, rinse, and wash the shoes as you would normally.

    4. Orange peels

    Enjoy snacking on oranges? Place one or two orange peels into each shoe and leave overnight.

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    5. Newspaper

    Crumple a few sheets of newspaper and stuff into each shoe. Leave them this way from anywhere from a few hours to overnight. The paper will absorb the odors.

    6. Black tea bags

    This method will get rid of the odor-causing bacteria. Put the tea bags in boiling water for a few minutes. Remove and let cool for about five minutes. Place the tea bags inside of the shoes for an hour or so. Be sure to wipe off excess liquid that is left in the shoe from the tea bag.

    7. Put shoes in the freezer

    Putting a pair of stinky shoes in the freezer will get the stink out. You will need to place the shoes in a Ziploc bag before putting them in the freezer, otherwise you run the risk of stinking up the freezer. It should be noted that this method does not kill odor-causing bacteria.

    8. Rubbing alcohol

    Mix a bit of rubbing alcohol with some water, and do a quick spritz inside of the shoes. This will help to kill the bacteria that is causing the odors. If the shoes are super smelly, you may need to rinse them off in this mixture.

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    9. Wear socks

    Wearing socks with shoes will reduce the amount of sweat that transfers from the foot to the shoe, thus reducing the amount of odor that gets trapped. There are a variety of socks available, even no-show options for those that don’t want to pair shorts and socks.

    10. Kitty litter

    Pour kitty litter into the shoes, but do not pack the litter inside of them. Leave this in the shoes overnight or until the smell has gone away entirely. Throw the used kitty litter into the garbage after use.

    11. Baking soda, cornstarch, and baking powder

    Mix together equal amounts of each ingredient and pour into a pair of cotton socks. Place this in the shoes overnight to absorb the odors.

    12. Boiling water

    Boil a pot of water, and fill each shoe. Add a small amount of bleach to this and let sit for a few minutes. After the water has cooled, pour it out and wash the shoes thoroughly. The bleach will kill the odor that is causing the bacteria.

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    13. Coffee grounds

    Fill an old pair of socks with one half cup of coffee grounds. Tie the ends off and place them inside the shoes. Leave the coffee grounds in the shoes overnight so they can absorb the maximum amount of odor.

    You can also use toothpaste, machine deodorizer, baby powder, or fabric softener sheets to kill odor-causing bacteria. Make use of any of the remedies listed above to get rid of the unpleasant smell coming from your shoe!

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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