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How to Deodorize Sneakers


Baking Soda: Sprinkle 3 Tablespoons of baking soda into each sneaker and leave to site overnight in a dry area.

Dryer Sheets: Place a dryer sheet in your sneaker every night.

Commercial Products: The market is full of products for the purpose of deodorizing shoes such as Dr. Scholls® that offers such products as odor fighting foot powder and odor fighting inserts.

How to Wash Sneakers

You can wash most non-leather sneakers directly in the washing machine. Remove the laces and run through the washing machine’s cold cycle. Put in the dryer on a cool cycle with several towels.

How to Prevent Sneaker Odor

The armpits and the palms of the hands are not the only areas of the body that produce sweat. The feet are one of the three areas of the body that contain large sweat glands. When the foot perspires, the resulting moisture becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria that is responsible for foot odor. Here a few ways to prevent your sneakers from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.

Don’t wear sneakers without socks. Socks will help to absorb moisture.

Don’t get your sneakers wet. If sneakers do become wet, remove them immediately and do not wear them again until they are fully dry.

Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in row. Allowing the sneakers to fully dry out between wearing will inhibit bacterial growth responsible for sneaker odor.

Don’t forget the spray. If foot odor is a chronic problem, spray a foot deodorant in each sneaker prior to wearing.



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