Did you catch that whiff of funky smell when you open your shoe cabinet? Our feet produce sweat and we wear shoes for more than 10 hours a day, so it’s no wonder if your shoes are starting to stink. You can buy a shoe deodorizer or follow these simple and inexpensive tips below that work effectively too.
#1. Dry Tea Bag
After you have finished your favourite cup of tea, don’t throw them away! They are super effective at removing any smell in the refrigerator, and you can use it in your shoe cabinet as well! Make sure to let the tea bag dry before leaving them in the shoe cabinet or any pair of shoes that you wear frequently.
#2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is well-known for its cleaning properties, but they can be effective at removing odours too. You can sprinkle some inside the shoes to eliminate the stink but just remember to clear them away before wearing them. Alternatively, the hassle-free way is to get some empty coffee bags and fill them up with baking soda. Leave them inside the shoe rack or shoes and remove them easily when you want to wear your shoes. You can use baby powder as an alternative if you do not have baking soda.
#3. Citrus peels
After making that lemonade or eating those oranges for a dose of Vitamin C, do not throw those peels away! Keep those citrus peels in a small bowl and place them in the shoe cabinet. They are amazing at absorbing odours, and you can make your shoe cabinet smell fresh again at the same time. Did you know that orange peels are antibacterial? They can prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria growing in your shoes.
#4. Tea tree oil
Known for its disinfectant properties, tea tree oil is not only good for pimples and acne but also eliminating any odour or bacteria in your shoes! Drip one to two drops in the insoles of your shoes and leave it to air.
Place a bowl of vinegar in the shoe cabinet and leave it there with doors closed for at least 30 minutes. Vinegar works just as effectively as baking soda in absorbing odours. Once the odours are eliminated, leave the doors of the shoe cabinet for the scent to dissipate.
If you just bought a new shoe cabinet in Singapore, a good way to keep it fresh is to place bags of activated charcoal which you can purchase easily from homeware stores in Singapore. They are good at keeping the air dry so that there is no moisture for bacteria growth!