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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 September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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