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How to make shoes smell better

At ODORCIDE®, we understand dealing with the constant smell of foot odor in shoes can be frustrating and we want to help you eliminate it. Especially in a vehicle, around your home, or in an office, shoe odor can be overwhelming!
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One of the most difficult odors to eliminate is shoe odor. We know how to make shoes smell better! At Odorcide we have the solution for you!


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The Odor Problem

Shoe/Foot Odor

Odors are more than just unpleasant scents; they are volatile compounds that can easily permeate various surfaces, making them difficult to remove completely. This is where Odorcide steps in. Our state-of-the-art products are designed to tackle these odor-causing compounds at a molecular level, ensuring a thorough and long-lasting solution.

Understanding the root cause of an odor issue is the first step towards finding an effective solution. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with stubborn odors such as smelly shoes or foot odor. But why exactly is shoe odor so difficult to eliminate? The answer lies in the science behind odors.

Shoe odor is primarily driven by the activity of bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus epidermidis and Bacillus, which thrive in warm, moist environments like those inside shoes. Bacteria flourish in sweaty shoes, where the combination of moisture, warmth, and limited ventilation provides an ideal breeding ground for these odor-causing microorganisms. As physical activity increases, so does bacterial growth, waste production, and the intensity of shoe smell, highlighting the close relationship between sweat, bacteria, and stinky shoes.

Here are some tips on how to make shoes smell better:

  1. Use foot powder to absorb moisture from sweaty feet.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to neutralize odors.
  3. Wear socks, especially cotton socks, to reduce sweat buildup.
  4. Add a few drops of essential oils, like tea tree oil, to a spray bottle and mist your shoes.
  5. Consult foot and ankle surgeons for persistent foot odor issues.

Understanding the role of bacteria and their interaction with sweat glands and shoe materials is essential for developing effective strategies to combat and prevent shoe odor.

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What Makes Shoes Smell?

Shoes smell because of a combination of sweaty feet and the bacteria that thrive in the moist environment inside your shoes. Several factors contribute to this stinky situation:

  • Bacteria Growth: Bacteria on your feet feed on sweat and dead skin cells, producing gases that cause bad smells.
  • Sweaty Feet: Feet have more sweat glands per square inch than any other body part, leading to excess moisture and shoe odor.
  • Poor Ventilation: Shoes that trap sweat, especially those made from synthetic materials, can intensify the foul odor.
  • Lack of Proper Hygiene: Not washing your feet daily allows bacteria and bad odors to accumulate.
  • Wearing the Same Shoes Every Day: Not allowing your shoes to dry completely between wears can cause bacteria to multiply, leading to more odor.

How to Remove Odors from Shoes

  1. Wear Clean Socks: Opt for cotton socks or those made from natural fibers to wick moisture and keep feet dry.
  2. Rotate Shoes: Avoid wearing the same pair daily to allow them to air dry completely.
  3. Use Baking Soda: Sprinkle a cup of baking soda inside your shoes overnight to absorb moisture and deodorize shoes.
  4. Essential Oils: Mix a few drops of tea tree or your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle with water to spray inside your shoes, fighting bacteria and adding a pleasant scent.
  5. Practice Good Foot Hygiene: Wash your feet daily and use foot powder or talcum powder to absorb moisture and reduce foot odor.
  6. Air Dry: Let your shoes air dry completely in direct sunlight to remove excess moisture.
  7. Freeze Your Shoes: Place shoes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight to kill bacteria and remove bad smells.
  8. Use Foot Powder: Applying foot powder inside your shoes can help absorb moisture and reduce the bad odor.
  9. Wear Flip Flops Frequently: Allowing your feet to breathe by wearing flip flops can help reduce sweaty feet and shoe smell.

By following these tips, you can effectively stop shoes from developing bad smells and keep them fresh.

Impact of Shoe Materials on Foot Odor: Understanding the Factors

The materials used in shoe construction can significantly contribute to foot odor due to their moisture-retaining or bacterial growth-promoting properties. Understanding the impact of these materials is crucial for effectively addressing and preventing foot odor. Certain materials are notorious for exacerbating foot odor, and it’s important for consumers to be aware of these factors when selecting footwear:

  • Synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon can trap moisture and create an environment conducive to bacterial growth.
  • Non-breathable materials like rubber or vinyl can hinder airflow, leading to sweat accumulation and subsequent odor.

In contrast, natural materials like leather and canvas tend to be more breathable and can minimize odor by allowing moisture to evaporate. However, even natural materials may require proper care and maintenance to prevent odor.  make shoes smell better

When it comes to athletic shoes, the materials used can also play a significant role in contributing to foot odor. For example:

  • Synthetic mesh uppers, while lightweight and flexible, may retain moisture and become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to persistent odor issues.
  • Foam midsoles, if not properly ventilated or treated, can absorb sweat and develop an unpleasant smell over time. Understanding the specific characteristics of different shoe materials empowers consumers to make informed choices and take proactive measures to address and prevent foot odor. By being mindful of material composition and utilizing appropriate odor prevention products, individuals can enjoy comfortable, fresh footwear experiences.

Solution: Odorcide Original and Odorcide Fresh Scent

Trying to make shoes smell better can be very challenging. ODORCIDE® offers products that eliminate serious odor problems! Spray your shoes after you take them off every time with Odorcide Original or Fresh Scent, to keep them smelling fresh.

Our past customers have let us know how well our products have helped them. Read these testimonials to help you understand the impressive results that occur when using our products.

ODORCIDE® products feature a unique, non-enzymatic formula that works, regardless of what products have been previously applied!

Specialized Odor Elimination

No matter what the cause of the odor issue, we understand you want it fixed quickly.  When bad odors need to be eliminated, people often begin a search for specialized odor-elimination products. Discovering these can truly transform any areas with strong odors.

At ODORCIDE® we offer top-tier, professional-grade solutions. Our products are designed to provide superior odor elimination in your vehicle and your home.

We are committed to helping people maintain odor-free environments. Whether the task at hand is getting rid of smell in shoes, carpets or ensuring your home smells great, you can count on ODORCIDE® products.

Easy To Use Products

One of the key attributes of ODORCIDE® products is its ease of use, even if you have tried other products without success. A single application is often sufficient to eliminate odors. However, for strong or old odors, reapplication might be necessary. ODORCIDE® products are also safe around people and pets because we use natural, non-toxic ingredients.

ODORCIDE® offers an affordable solution to your foot and shoe odor issues, providing immediate results with minimal effort, making it a cost-effective choice.

Our odor-elimination products have been lauded for their effectiveness in dealing with stubborn odors. Our professional strength concentrates and ready to use products can combat a wide array of odors, including those from food, smoke, urine and sweat. Odorcide can also be used on various surfaces such as fabric, carpet, upholstery, and hardwood.


ODORCIDE® is a family-owned business located in Smithville, Missouri where we manufacture what we sell. Unlike many other companies, ODORCIDE® only manufacturers ODORCIDE® products. We have dedicated ourselves to providing the answer to your odor problems with products you can use and recommend with complete confidence.

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