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

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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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