How to get rid of smelly shoes

How to get rid of smelly shoes

Getting rid of smelly shoes overnight, so your stinky shoes don’t get in the way of your running needs

We’ve all been there – checking whether or not we smell before meeting someone, lol. It can be pretty embarrassing but pretty deflating too; suddenly, you seem a little less comfortable being you. With running, this is no different, except, you might not want to be the usual running athlete if you have to run with sweaty feet and if your shoes smell. Athletic shoes are great of course, but the term athlete’s foot doesn’t come from nowhere. Thankfully, we have a few tips to help you out.

Let’s get a whiff of some solutions.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is brilliant in getting rid of certain smells. As a natural deodorizer, baking soda is great if you want to absorb odors. Here are some instructions from Nike –

  1. ”Mix ¼ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of baking powder, and ½ cup of cornstarch. Put the mix in a pair of cotton socks or sprinkle the mixture in both shoes and leave overnight. For an extra scent booster, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.”

A trustworthy source.


If you want to wear socks without fear of them disintegrating, or knowing you’ll have to buy more and more until your shoe odour is solved, then all you need is a spray bottle with a spritz of vinegar.

Vinegar, like some essential oils, helps to neutralise odors and fights bacteria growth. All you need to do is spray the solution (mix of white vinegar and water – equal parts) after every run and you’ll find your smelly shoe problem quickly dissipating.

The power of soap

This one’s easy. Whether you have leather shoes, tennis shoes, or any material of shoe, to stop bacterial growth and eliminate shoe odor that might remain, then soap is brilliant.

The brilliance of soap is that it’s porous, so it absorbs the smell and replaces it with a clean one. Great.

Wear socks

It might sound obvious, but a lot of you don’t wear socks when you run and then, to top it off, throw your stinky trainers straight into a plastic bag to sweat some more for a few hours. If you’re thinking about smelly feet, stinky feet, sweat glands, feet sweat and an odour-producing bacteria, but you don’t wear socks when you run, you may have found out why. Shoe odours are easy to deal with, just with a few easy steps.

Simply, socks absorb sweat, with great effectiveness. You can wear the same shoes over and over if you wear different socks and have far less of a worry. You can also spray a shoe deodorizer spray to assist…


There you have it, easy. Follow some of these easy steps to stop your socks from ponging, and remind yourself – you run to look after yourself, but don’t let that stop at running, we all have a nose to look after too.


What drops of essential oil should I use?

Tea tree, clove, and cedarwood essential oils are all popular natural deodorizers with antifungal properties.

How many drops should I use?

Put a few drops of essential oil directly into your sneaker and let it air out.

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