The smell of shoes — how to deal with the problem and not remember it again
- What could be the reason for the smell?
- How to eliminate the smell, if it is still there
When we buy new shoes, we want to have no problems with them. So that the legs do not get tired, and the shoes or boots themselves remain beautiful and comfortable for as long as possible. However, annoying misunderstandings happen even with good, high-quality shoes. And one of the most common is bad breath. How much discomfort and all kinds of awkward situations arise because of this. And it is clear that the problem is not at all one of those that can be put up with for a long time. Let’s think about how to solve it.
What could be the reason for the smell?
In most cases, removing bad odor from shoes is not that difficult. It is much more difficult to make sure that it does not occur again and again. Therefore, before conducting fascinating experiments in an attempt to save shoes, it is important to understand — what’s the matter? After all, the shoes themselves will not smell, this is not at all the norm.
And if the reason is suddenly in the smell of the body itself, it is worth dealing with this first of all. Because heavy sweating can be both just an individual feature and a symptom of health problems.
Are you sure that’s not the issue? Already good. In this case, there are two possible reasons — the quality of the shoes themselves, or improper care for them. The first option is more difficult, because you just have to give up this particular pair of boots. Or be prepared for the fact that the smell will appear again and again.
Cheap, poorly breathable materials are not the best company for legs. Poor-quality leatherette sometimes in itself is a source of a strong unpleasant odor. But when the shoes are not ventilated, bacteria also begin to accumulate in them. Feet begin to sweat a lot, even if there were no such problems before. Of course, it is possible to fight this, but it will cost constant anxiety and nerves. Perhaps it’s easier to say goodbye to the source of such a headache and choose new shoes in the store.
But even expensive genuine leather boots will suffer the same fate if they are not taken care of. Often, upon returning home in the evening, we do not want to do this or we simply forget. Although there is absolutely nothing complicated in the usual basic shoe care. The basic rule is never to leave your shoes wet or dirty. Wash and dry, and already dry treat with a suitable protective agent — that’s all the wisdom. When it comes to summer shoes, in many cases they can be washed. Under these simple conditions, no unpleasant odors will ever appear in your boots.
How to eliminate the smell, if it is still there
We talked about precautions and rules. But what if the problem is already there — the shoes smell bad? Of course, there is no question of going somewhere in it. And just keeping the source of such a “flavor” at home is a pleasure below average. Yes, you can ventilate, but if the smell is already there, most likely, ventilating will only be a short-term help.
In many cases, you can go radical, but not at all difficult, by throwing away old insoles. Very often, they become a «storage» of bacteria and bad smell. Instead of them, of course, you need to put new ones — and if the problem is fixed, great. Just take better care of your shoes in the future.
If the shoes can be washed or simply washed gently, this possibility should not be neglected. But do not forget: if you do not dry it properly afterwards, the story will begin again. When the boots are already dry, you can use a special disinfectant. You can also buy deodorant for shoes and even antibacterial insoles. But all this will be effective only if the shoes are already clean. Otherwise, you will simply kill the smell or it will even intensify.
Another, also quite effective way, is to use a product that absorbs the smell. The most famous and easily available is ordinary baking soda. Pour it into your shoes and leave it overnight or at least for a few hours. Then you have to thoroughly clean the shoes inside.
Sometimes it is advised to use vinegar or alcohol as a lifesaver. The funds are not that unreliable, but rather risky. It may turn out that the next morning you will go to work in shoes that are fragrant with vinegar. Frankly speaking, it is not much better than what was originally available.
Hydrogen peroxide is safer in this regard, and it neutralizes odors well. True, another side effect is possible — peroxide greatly brightens many materials. If you decide to try, do it carefully. Better — on some inconspicuous area of \u200b\u200bthe shoe.
As a rule, one of the above methods is sure to help. And in the future, the problem does not recur if the shoes are regularly looked after.