Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

Let’s be honest: feet stink. Strong, lasting scents might result from daily activity, particularly exercise. When bacteria feed on the skin cells that our feet produce, foot odor develops. When the bacteria are exposed to moisture, they become more active. So, what’s the best way to keep your feet and shoes smelling good week after week? There are a few things you may do to get rid of odors from your feet and shoes. Follow these guidelines:

1) Allow your shoes to air out.

The accumulation of germs, which is the primary source of foot odor, might occur if you wear the same shoes every day. Allowing your shoes to air out after wearing them for a day is a good idea. This is especially crucial when wearing athletic shoes because the feet sweat a lot. Consider buying two pairs of shoes at a time and alternating them if you workout regularly.


Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

2) Wear socks that wick away moisture.

Because perspiration causes odors, wearing moisture-wicking socks allows the feet to dry faster, limiting the growth of odor-causing germs. Moisture-wicking socks are comprised of synthetic fabrics that absorb moisture and wick it away from the skin. These miracle socks are particularly beneficial for sports activities such as hiking and running.

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

3) Make some place for your toes.

In warmer weather, avoid tight-fitting shoes and instead opt for open-toed shoes and sandals. Sweat is more likely to get caught in a shoe that is tighter and more enclosed. Choose sporting sneakers made of breathable fabrics that allow air to circulate freely.

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

4) Clean your shoes and insoles.

Everyone knows that hopping in the shower and placing garments in the washing machine may rapidly remove sweat and odors, but many of us forget to wash our shoes and insoles. While leather shoes might be difficult to clean, many athletic shoes can be hand-washed or washed in the machine. Check with the maker first, then follow these hand-washing instructions:


Make sure any insoles are removed and washed separately from your shoes.

Warm water and a light detergent should be used to clean shoes and insoles. Laundry and dish detergent in liquid form work well.

Scrub filth and grime away using a shoe brush or an old tooth brush.

Rinse and shake your shoes and insoles thoroughly to remove any excess water.

Lay everything out to dry (ideally in the sun).

You may also wash your shoes in the dishwasher by following these instructions:


Put your shoes and insoles in a laundry bag before washing to keep them from hopping around in the machine.

For temperature, choose delicate cycle and cold.

A modest amount of mild laundry detergent should be added.

Allow your shoes and insoles to air dry. Drying shoes or insoles is never a good idea.

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

5) Keep your feet clean – When cleaning your feet, take additional precautions.


Using soap and warm water, clean the area well. Remember to clean the space between your toes.

Make sure your toenails are well trimmed.

Exfoliate thickened, callused skin with a pumice stone or exfoliating scrub after soaking your feet.

Sprinkle some IDEASTEP┬« Odor-Fighting insoles Foot Powder or spray some IDEASTEP┬« Ultra Odor-Fighting Spray Powder over your feet and between your toes after they’re clean and dry. Both products absorb sweat and eradicate odors, ensuring that your feet and shoes feel and smell great.

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

6.) Fight odor from the start – Because insoles bear the brunt of sweaty feet, it’s only natural to address foot odor at the beginning. Try IDEASTEP┬« Odor-Fighting Insoles with activated charcoal and baking soda for long-lasting protection against odors and wetness.

Tips for Keeping Our Feet and Shoes Fresh

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