Do your shoes smell foul? Let’s face it, the last thing you want is for people around you to turn away in horror when you take off your shoes. Have you tried everything to combat the odor with no success? The reason why changing your shoes or socks doesn’t help is because you have to combat the source of the smell.
The bad odor you smell when you take off your shoes is from bacteria that live on your feet and in your shoes and socks. Your feet have more sweat glands than anywhere else on your body. When your feet sweat, it causes the skin to break down. This environment is a ripe breeding ground for bacteria. Unless you do something to kill the bacteria, they will keep growing causing your feet and shoes to stink.1
Luckily, it’s easy to get your favorite shoes smelling fresh. Follow these tips to help make your favorite sneakers, heels, boots, and gear smell great.
1. Wash Your Feet Thoroughly
If you want to avoid foot bacteria, the first place you must start is in the shower. Use a foot scrub and wash your feet thoroughly. Make sure to get in between your toes and dry your feet completely. To make sure you get your feet extra dry, give them a blast with the hairdryer. Just make sure you use the low setting.
2. Keep Feet Dry
Are your feet always sweaty? Bacteria and fungus thrive in wet environments. Therefore, it is a must to keep your feet and toes dry. Apply 2Toms® FootShield® to keep them dry. FootShield reduces sweat and the growth of bacteria and thus keeps your feet — and your shoes — smelling fresh.
3. Try An Odor Eliminator
An odor eliminator helps to remove gross odors from shoes. Try the StinkFree® Odor Remover. by 2Toms. Some “odor eliminating” sprays just mask smells. This does nothing to eliminate the source of the smell — the bacteria that live on your feet and shoes. 2Toms StinkFree Spray is different because it actually disrupts bacteria left on your shoes and boots. This product destroys bad smells and prevents them from returning. Is your gym bag or locker smelly, as well? You can also use this spray to eliminate locker and gym bag odors.
4. Machine Wash Your Shoes
To freshen up your favorite pair of athletic shoes, simply throw them in the washing machine. Just make sure you do some prep work beforehand to keep shoes from getting damaged. Make sure you remove the laces to prevent them from getting tangled. You can hand-wash the laces using a bit of 2Toms StinkFree® Sports Detergent. Add your shoes to the washer along with a couple of towels. The towels will help keep your shoes from slamming up against the inside of the dryer. Throw in about two ounces of StinkFree® Sports Detergent. Wash the shoes on the gentle cycle. After the shoes are finished washing, take them out of the machine and air dry. Never put shoes in the dryer as this could cause damage to both your dryer and shoes.
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this website and article is for information only and should not be used as a substitute for consulting your doctor. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and rehabilitation