5 Home Remedies Tips For Shoe Odor

Ever wondered why some parts of your home smell a little off, especially around your shoe rack? LOL, it just might be your shoes. Or why no matter what you do or didn’t do that day your shoes stink so much that outside the front door is no longer a good enough place to keep them?

Yes, washing your feet 5 times daily and applying certain essential oils can help with the smell, but this is not something anyone working a 9-5 can afford to do. So below, we’ve listed out some effective home remedies and tips that’ll help with shoe odor.

1. Alcohol – Bacteria’s worst nightmare

Bacteria and alcohol do not go together at all. Alcohol will not only remove the stink, it’ll also remove dirt, disinfect the shoes, and kill all bacteria.

What you need:

  • A bottle of ethanol (you can find them in all drugstores)
  • A cotton ball


Sprinkle some ethanol on the cotton ball and use this ball to lightly coat the insides of the shoe. Avoid using the ball to touch the outside of the shoes as it might destroy it, especially if they are made with leather.

Next, air out the shoes to speed up the process and repeat as often as possible because this will stop the bacteria from multiplying.

2. Anti-Odor Socks


If your grandma’s anything like mine, then this remedy is no news to you!

What you need:

  • An old pantyhose or pair of socks
  • Some string
  • Baking soda


Cut off the bottom end of the hose or sock, pour a teaspoon of baking soda into it and tie the top, and then place it inside the shoes overnight – that’s all!

3. Vinegar Baths

Apple cider vinegar is perfect for this remedy, in fact it’s so good you’ll be surprised at how effective it is at removing the stink. If for some reason you can’t lay your hands on apple cider vinegar, regular vinegar is fine, too.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of regular vinegar/ apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 glass of water


Pour some vinegar or apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water, wait for it to cool to room temperature, soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then rub on the insides of the shoes.

As the title suggests, you can also take vinegar baths. Soak your feet in plain vinegar or apple cider vinegar twice every 7 days. Simply mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar into a bowl of water at room temperature and place your feet in for about 12 minutes.

4. Baking soda

baking soda to combat shoe odor

This is everyone’s favorite recipe because it is great at neutralizing odors.

What you need:

A tablespoon of baking soda


Start by placing a table spoon of baking soda in 2 separate plastic bag, and place both bags in both shoes.

Leave overnight as usual.

5. Essential Oils

essential oils to fight bad feet odor

Though this is a bit more expensive and complicated, this remedy is actually quite effective.

What you need:

  • 4 drops of thyme oil
  • 4 drops of clove oil
  • 4 drops of cinnamon oil
  • 3 drops of virgin coconut oil
  • 2 drops of hot mustard oil


Mix all of the above listed oils and rub them on the insides of your shoes. Also, please note that though the fragrance may be quite nice and intense, you should avoid inhaling.


Tried some or all of these and they just don’t work? Or maybe you just need an easier way to get rid of foot odor without having to remember to buy this, stock that or go through a process almost every night?

If you answered yes to one or all of the questions above then we’ve got good news for you – Cinnasoles can help! Cinnasoles puts the ancient healing properties of cinnamon to work to get rid of embarrassing and unpleasant shoe odor – all while making your shoes more comfortable! Cinnasoles will save your souls!


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