How to remove smell from shoes instantly

Smelly shoes can be a real stinker of a problem for your nose and your pocketbook. While commercial deodorizers may promise a quick fix, they often come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, there's a budget-friendly, DIY solution that harnesses the deodorizing power of common products you already have at home.

With just four handy household items – baking soda, coffee filters, essential oils, and a trusty rubber band – you can bid farewell to stinky shoes without spending your precious pennies on fancy store-bought remedies. Here’s how to deodorize smelly shoes at home in a few simple steps.

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How to deodorize smelly shoes at home


  • Baking soda

  • Coffee filter (disposable or compostable)

  • Essential oils of choice

  • Rubber band


  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the coffee filter.

  • Enhance the mixture with a few drops of essential oil like lemon or tea tree.

  • Fasten the coffee filter securely with a rubber band.

  • Place the prepared sachet inside your shoes overnight to effectively eliminate odors.

  • Keep in mind that the baking soda sachet can be reused multiple times for ongoing odor control.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to get smell out of shoes