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Save Your Smelly Shoes With A Kitchen Essential You Already Own
While vinegar is a versatile cleaning tool, it can also serve as an effective deodorizer and freshen everything from your smelly shoes to your fridge — thanks to acetic acid.
The acetic acid molecules in vinegar attach to the airborne compounds responsible for foul odors, dissolving them and eliminating the stink.
You can prepare a mixture in a spray bottle using a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar. Shake well and spray the mix directly into the shoes followed by a sprinkle of baking soda.
Allow them to air dry overnight before you put them on again. You can also pour some vinegar onto a microfiber cloth, and then use it to wipe the inside of the shoes.
Make sure you cover every inch of your shoes, including the soles, the sides, and the toe boxes. Let them air dry completely before using them again.