How to Get Rid of a Stinky Shoe Smell in Boots

by Michelle Ullman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Don't let your smelly boots clear the room.

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It feels good to take your boots off and relax at the end of a long day, but if everyone else runs from the room, it's time to do something about your stinky shoes. Moisture from your feet, combined with bacteria, can really cause a smell in your shoes. Take steps to freshen your boots, and you can take them off and relax without embarrassment.

Items you will need

  • Bag
  • Freezer
  • Baking soda
  • Cat litter
  • Old socks
  • Shoe deodorizer spray
  • Foot powder
Step 1

Place the shoes in a bag, then put in the freezer overnight. This kills most bacteria that contribute to odor.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda into the boots, covering of the whole foot bed. Let the baking soda sit overnight, then shake out.

Step 3

Pour cat litter into two old socks, and tie the tops. Place one in each stinky boot overnight. Cat litter absorbs smells and moisture.

Step 4

Purchase and use shoe deodorizer spray or inserts. These can be found in any shoe store.

Step 5

Powder your feet with odor- and moisture-absorbing foot powder before putting on your socks and boots. This helps prevent odor from forming.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.