How to Get Rid of Shoe Odor
Destroy Odor Compounds with NonScents Shoe Deodorizers
NonScents odor control technology gets rid of shoe odors by destroying odor compounds, attacking them at the molecular level (why is NonScents the best odor control). That’s better than other methods because you don’t have to smell something else (like mint or lavender) instead, you don’t have to guess what’s causing the smells, and you don’t have to wait for odors to get trapped.
They aren’t a spray that you might inhale or accidently get on other things, they’re not a powder that creates dust. They’re self-contained, easy to use sachets that you just put in your shoes when you’re not wearing them (for the best results, leave them in overnight).
They’re more powerful than charcoal, and don’t require any special maintenance or “recharging.” All you have to do is replace them after six months.
Why Do Shoes Stink?
Shoe odors come from a variety of sources – bacteria, mold, and fungus all produce compounds that make shoes smell bad.
Even if you take immaculate care of your shoes, your feet naturally shed their own (healthy) bacteria, which multiply off sweat & skin flakes and produce the shoe odors we know and loathe.The Most Popular Methods for Fighting Shoe Odor
Since you can’t really prevent your feet from putting bacteria in your shoes, how do you get rid of shoe odor? There are several popular products and home remedy methods people try…most aren’t very effective:
Cover Odors with Other Odors – Perfumes, Essential Oils, Citrus Peel, Cedar, Dryer Sheets, etc
Many odor control products try to fight bad smells by overpowering them with other smells. Sure your shoes smell better, but they also shoes smell like lavender, mint, citrus, etc.
Absorb Odors – Charcoal, Cat Litter & Baking Soda
Activated charcoal, plain zeolite cat litter (and to some extent baking soda), both trap odor compounds in their extremely porous surfaces. Unfortunately this is a passive, rather than active effect – the odor compounds have to blunder into the net to get caught – and thus it’s slow and relatively weak.
Fight Moisture – Talcum Powder, Corn Starch, Paper Towels
Drying out your shoes can help slow the growth of odor causing bacteria, mold, and/or fungus. Unfortunately it’s hard to draw out all the moisture from all the nooks, crannies, absorbent cloth, and other places it can hide, and this isn’t treating the root cause.
Fight Bacteria, Fungus, and Mold – Anti-Fungal Sprays & Powders, Alcohol, Cedar
There are a variety of sprays and powders on the market that try to attack and kill bacteria, fungus, and mold directly. These are attacking suspected odor sources rather than the odors themselves, and are only working on the sections they contact. Some can be toxic if inhaled, and some can aggravate skin conditions.