How to Clean Stinky Shoes?

How to Clean Stinky Shoes

Let’s face it, stinky shoes can be embarrassing and can make a room or even an entire house smell terrible. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to get rid of the smell. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Prepare the Shoes

  • Take out laces – start by pulling the laces out of your shoes.
  • Brush dirt and debris – use a brush to remove any dirt and debris from the shoes.
  • Allow to air out – once you’ve brushed away the dirt and debris, leave the shoes to air out for 8-10 hours.

Step 2: Sprinkle Baking Soda

  • Sprinkle baking soda – generously sprinkle baking soda into both shoes, making sure to cover as much of the surface as possible.
  • Leave baking soda overnight – leave the baking soda in the shoes overnight; this will help to absorb any odour.

Step 3: Clean the Shoes

  • Wash with warm soapy water – fill a bucket with warm soapy water and submerge the shoes in it; use a brush to remove any dirt and debris that is still on the shoes.
  • Rinse with water – after washing, make sure to rinse the shoes with clean, cool water to remove any soap residue.
  • Allow to air dry – the final step is to leave the shoes to air dry in a cool, dry place.

By following the steps above, your stinky shoes should be back to smelling fresh in no time.


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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