It’s rainy season once again. In the metropolis and other low-lying areas, that means floods, flash-floods and stinky shoes. Some people avoid getting their shoes went by wearing rubber boots to and from work / school and switching only to their regular shoes once they are off the streets. But its not a solution for everyone because the added weight of the shoes can be a burden especially for commuters.
So, what do you do if your shoes get soaked in dirty flood waters? My solution is baking soda.
Get the stink off canvas sneakers and other shoes made of fabric
1. Wash immediately in soapy water. Use an old toothbrush to get all the dirt out. Rinse.
2. Dry the shoes. Drying under the sun is best but, if it’s cloudy or rainy, that just isn’t possible, is it? The alternative is to hang the shoes behind the fridge or the room air-conditioner. Trust me, I’ve done this so many times when I was in college. The heat generated by the compressor will dry sneakers overnight as though you have dried them under the sun.
3. When the shoes are dry, sprinkle liberally inside and out with baking soda. Leave the baking soda on for a couple of hours — overnight, if there is time. Just shake off the baking soda before putting the shoes on.
What about rubber slippers and flip-flops?
The same procedure works except that the drying time is so much shorter. Just wipe dry and go on to step #3. [Read more…] about How to get the stink off your shoes