YES, your shoe inserts find no escape from smelling over time unless you don’t try to get rid of their terrible odor and dirt marks. Even worse than this, once wearing them, these insoles often absorb bad sweat and unstoppable bacteria from your feet. This would end up developing an annoying odor that’s hard to diminish, so how to clean insoles and keep them smelling fresh?
Remember that washing them with soap and water could temporarily wash away the surface odor, yet it can’t kill the bacteria built up inside. Here are the tips:
It’s Time To Remove Your Insoles For Gentle Cleaning
Whenever any of them from, well, I mean, your most favorite pair of sneakers, athletic shoes, or leather shoes emit the odor, you don’t need to throw them out for the new ones. The main culprit here is exactly your sweaty feet that naturally release such a bad smell causing bacteria to the insides of your shoes. Simply give them a thorough cleaning by applying a few easy household tips and tricks. It’ll help you to banish the terrible smell as well as pamper your shoe inserts with a bit do-it-yourself job.
First, remove the insoles, shoe inserts, or orthotics from your footwear to begin the basic cleaning to keep them looking good and in prime condition. Next, put them in warm water basin with a proper amount of gentle liquid soap. What you’ll need is a toothbrush (use the old one), pour a little bit of soap and water to the insoles. Do not scrub them too hard, but do it gently to make sure your insoles not to be easily worn out.
In case it’s the leather ones, then don’t mind dipping a small cloth/towel in this soapy liquid (use the detergent, or hand soap if you don’t have) to cleanse with. Please do not get the leather insoles too wet, or it can warp the material. Once cleaning them up, try to apply a wet sponge to remove any excessive amount of soap on your insoles.
Be careful! Based on what the shoe inserts are made of to prevent them from cracking. For examples, if it’s a foam cushion covered the insoles, then they’re extremely susceptible to water damage. Once they turn out to be waterlogged, get them removed from the shoes right away, and then pat with another dry cloth/rag to isolate them from any surface moisture. Do it thoroughly before placing them in a cool place to dry within 24 hours or overnight. This spot should be with great ventilation, where your insoles can lay flat.
Enable them to dry entirely, or in another way, put the insoles on a huge dry towel in a cool spot but keep them from the direct sun exposure. Also, depending on how saturated the inserts and the particular style of the insole, you would know how this might take overnight or several days for the best result. Note that having them dried in the footwear, and wearing them could reduce their performance.
Baking Soda, A Badass Odor Absorber
You might not know, the ideal method of diminishing any lingering smell is to use the odor-busting baking soda - we have heard about people using it to freshen them up for real! Theoretically, it’s wise to de-stink your shoes or their inserts with Sodium bicarbonate due to its white powder’s strong effects.
This chemical stuff has been always used as an alternative for any common deodorant loaded with aluminum and parabens. No wonder it’s such a famous and reliable practice to sprinkle baking soda in the smelly insoles. Well, you should know that it’s also a natural deodorizer and able to kill germs, so the bacteria would have nowhere else to hide. However, once determining to use this, your leather insoles properly turn out to be brittle after a direct contact with the chemical stuff.
Last but not least, by the time you go to bed, put a thin layer of baking soda on the top of the insoles with a teaspoon only. Lay them on a newspaper and wait until the morning, when you must shake the powdery texture off the inserts before putting them on.
Another great tip you should know: Add the sweet smell to the insoles by using a dryer sheet. Cut it in half and put one half in one of your shoes while the rest half in the other one. Maintain the sheets in your footwear overnight so that the beautiful sent could move from the sheet to the insoles. This is a nice option in case you’re in a hurry to remove the odor from your insoles and desire a fast yet simple solution.
Cleaning Spray, An Awesome Antibacterial Option
Let’s take the insoles out of the shoes and spray them while they remain in the shoes. Most of these sprays own the antibacterial properties and have the ability to keep your insoles fresh and odor-free. They’re specifically formulated to deodorize and often quick-drying or non-staining, such as the Skechers Odor Eliminator Spray for example. How to buy these cleaning sprays? Let’s find them online or at your local shoe shop.
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Best Insole Maintenance
1. Cleanse your insoles on a regular basis and try to make this habit about once per week or twice per month. Clean them out of the shoes you’re wearing to make sure dirt or odor can’t build up again
2. Another good option to diminish the odor and dirty marks on the insoles is to wear socks at any time you’re putting on shoes. Socks can save you by absorbing your sweat and dirt, which prevent them from ending up on the shoe inserts
3. Rotate the footwear so you’re not putting on the same pair most of the time. Doing so will help the insoles from your pair of shoes not to become worn out or begin to smell bad.
4. Once starting to notice the shoe inserts being worn out, it’s time to buy new ones for the better replacement.
If you have already tried one of these ways yet seen no better result, then try to put your stinky insoles or shoes in the washing machine. However, the best possible idea way to clean them up is to do with vinegar - It is a nice disinfectant having the antibacterial property. In order to do this, blend 2-parts vinegar with 1 part hot water and soak your insoles in the mixture for a few hours.