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4 Must-Try Shoe Hacks That Will Keep Your Closet From Getting Smelly

Let the stink go running!


Summer is coming and that means it's also the season of stinky shoe racks. A lot of homeowners struggle with this dilemma—opening their shoe cabinet only to be greeted by a pungent odor. If you put a pair you've won all day back in its place—without airing it out, most likely, it will spread unpleasant smells and bacteria, too. 

They say prevention is better than cure and we think so, too! Here are four easy hacks that you can start doing today to avoid funky smells all year round:

Main photo from Wikihow

It may not be common practice, but you can try putting your shoes in the freezer overnight. The cold temperature kills germs and rids it of unwanted odor. Just make sure to put them in a tight Ziploc bag first, otherwise you may stink up your fridge too or worse, contaminate stored food. 

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Aside from nasty smells, damp shoes can lead to infection if you constantly wear them. Sprinkle some baby powder into your shoes and leave it as is for a few hours. The talc will soak up all the moisture without having to air them out. 

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Every homemaker knows this magic concoction: a little bit of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a splash of dish soap. If the smell gets worse, wash your shoes with this genle solution and it will be good as new.

Bonus: It gets rid of most stains, too!  

Photo from Popsugar.

If you don't have the time to do the previous steps, a quick spritz of rubbing alcohol mixed with water kills all bacteria as well. If they are extra smelly, feel free to rinse them using this mixture. 

Photo from Nora Amr

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