The fabulous question of how to rid thrifted footwear of odours was recently posted to my Gone Thrifting group and I thought I’d share some of the handy how to’s that were served up!
Grab those stinky shoes, raid your cupboards and start neutralizing those unwanted aromas!
All of the gear needed for your deodorizing tool kit can be already found in your house (or reasonably purchased from the supermarket):
Charcoal, sealable plastic bags, baking soda, cornstarch, white vinegar, freezing temperatures, kitty litter & dryer sheets.
Handy tips for getting rid of footwear odour:
Place the shoes in a sealable plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight. The freezing temperatures will kill most of the odour causing bacteria.
Spray an equal parts white vinegar and water mix directly into the shoe lining & insoles and let air dry for 30 minutes. Follow up with a bit of baking soda in the shoe overnight.
Put a few tablespoons of kitty litter + a teaspoon of baking soda into a pair of old socks or fabric scraps, tie off the top & place in the shoes overnight.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into each shoe, shake well to ensure the powder reaches all areas of the shoe interiors and leave overnight.
Add an equal mixture of baking soda and cornstarch to a pair of cotton socks and pop them into the shoes overnight.
Break some charcoal into small pieces and place inside an old pair of tights, put them into the shoes and leave overnight.
Cut a dryer sheet in half & put a piece in each shoe after wearing to keep them smelling fresh. A single sheet can last for over a week.
If you have any groovy thrifted garment deodorizing tips leave them in the comments below!
And if you haven’t already, head on over and join my Gone Thrifting group and share in the thrifty, refashioned, second hand, upcycled, DIY love!