Keep your shoes smelling fresh

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Health

Smelly shoes? I believe everyone has had issues with this at least once in their lifetime. It is surely embarrassing to have smelly shoes or footwear especially, when you have to take them off at a point in time in the day. Our feet sweat on a daily basis and that is the basic cause of smelly shoes.

Here are few strategies that you may want to put to use in order to keep your shoes and footwear in general smelling fresh.

  • The primary strategy is to buy quality shoes. Although quality shoes won’t automatically prevent smelly shoes, non quality shoes are a major contributing factor to getting smelly shoes. Footwear’s made out of synthetic products are toxic to your feet because they hinder ventilation.
  • You should at least own more than one pair of shoes or footwear. Do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. This allows your shoes to have enough time to take in some air and also for the sweat to evaporate. It is a good practice when you get home to put your shoes somewhere out in the open. When you put on a pair of shoes that’s been ventilated, you feel so comfortable. It’s like you have new shoes.
  • Also, get a shoe rack or find an open space to keep your shoes. Do not keep them in a box. The heat could ruin your shoes and also cause them to smell.
  • Here is another strategy; change your socks often but it is most advisable to use a clean pair of socks every day. If you use the same socks as yesterday, your shoes and feet are likely to develop an unpleasant odor. And make sure you wear socks made of cotton or even wool, because nylons will produce heat and also do not absorb sweat.
  • If you have sweaty feet, wear sandals or peep toe shoes. You can also remove your shoes when at your desk at work to allow you feet to dry and breathe. Sandals allow enough air around your feet throughout the day so consider this choice and keep your feet healthy and smelling fresh. You can’t stop a sweaty foot but you can stop them from getting smelly.
  • Do you already have smelly shoes? Then use baking soda because it will neutralize the smell because it is a deodorizer and will help the smell.
  • To get smells out of shoes, just scatter a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) inside each shoe. Give it a shake and leave overnight or about 8 hours. Next morning, shake out the residue and the smell will have gone.
  • If you want to avoid loose powder in your shoes, then put the baking soda in the middle of a paper towel and gather the corners into the centre and secure with an elastic band and pop it inside the shoe overnight.
  • Another strategy is to pay attention to your feet when taking a shower. This is because, smelly shoes lead to smelly feet so you need to pay extra attention to your feet to prevent any bacteria infection. The feet is as important as your armpit and the genital areas. Simply washing your feet with soap and water is not enough.
  • There are abrasive stones and sponges you can easily purchase from the market to properly clean your feet. They remove the dead layers of the skin on your feet, the one that causes most of the bad smell.
  • Preferably, I would suggest you use an anti-bacteria soap will easily kills germs and other harmful bacteria.

By: Efua Idan Osam/Citifmonline.com/Ghana

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