Imagine coming home from a tiring day and finally taking off your shoes. While you’re opening the shoe cabinet, you’re hit by a horrible smell, good enough to knock you out. Yes, our shoe racks can sometimes emit a very unpleasant smell, but there are easy ways to remedy this and keep your shoe rack clean and smelling fresh all the time.
All you have to do is follow one or more of these steps to keep the odour problem at bay.
- Clean Using Vinegar
Remove every pair of shoes you have in the shoe rack and place them on the side. Then mix one part vinegar and one part water. Place this into a spray bottle and spritz it onto the entire surface of the shoe rack and wipe it off with a clean cloth or rag. Let your shoe rack dry out for at least an hour.
- Identify the Smelly Shoe
Sniff all the shoes you’ve removed one by one to identify which one is giving off an offending odour. Usually, only one or two pairs are the cause of the smell. When you’ve identified the pair, you can sprinkle some baking powder inside the shoe and leave it there overnight before dusting off the excess. For stubborn odours, place a piece of paper or newspaper into the shoe together with the baking powder and take it out after a day.
- Absorbing Excess Moisture
In order to prevent further smells, you can try placing a small amount of baking soda or coffee beans in a container into the shoe rack. Both baking soda and coffee beans function as natural deodorizer by absorbing the excess moisture in the air that encourages the growth of bacteria and mold that causes these smells.
- Clean Your Shoes
If using baking soda doesn’t help with certain shoes, one suggestion would be to gently hand wash them with some mild detergents. Make sure you dry your footwear under the hot sun thoroughly as this will help with the elimination of odour.
- Wear Clean Socks
To prevent your shoes stinking up the shoe rack again, make sure you wear socks, especially with sports shoes. Alternatively, you can place some clan absorbent pads at the bottom of the shoe whenever you want to wear them and then dispose them after each wear. Another tip for keeping your shoe clean is to use baby powder on your feet before your wear any shoes as this will help absorb sweat.
To give a fresh smell to your shoe rack, you can always place a bag of potpourri with several drops of your favourite essential oils, rather than using artificial perfumes.