* Shoes never quite seem to lose their “sweat” scent
* Try these different tactics to eliminate odor – not just mask them
* From freshening balls, to UV lights, you’ll get that stink out
You might throw them in the wash, spritz them with perfume or stick a car freshener in them, but no matter what you do, the smell of the gym never quite seems to leave your gym shoes. You could be wearing shoes to work or a formal event too, and even with socks on, a stink still lingers.
Luckily, SPY has found seven ways to help beat that odor for good. These effective methods are all well-reviewed by users online and are safe to use on even your fanciest footwear.
1. Foot & Shoe Deodorant Spray
Made of all-natural essential oils, including peppermint, tea tree oil and eucalyptus. While it’s strong enough to remove odors, its chemical-free formula won’t harm sensitive skin.
Foot & Shoe Deodorant Spray
2. Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags
Put your shoes to work while they’re resting in your closet. These nifty little bags are made from extremely porous moso bamboo charcoal, which works to eliminate odors.
Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags
3. Sof Sole Sneaker Balls Shoe, Gym Bag and Locker Deodorizer
These small, portable balls can be opened with a quick twist to release a fresh scent, and close again to preserve some for later use. They fit in shoes of all sizes, keeping them fresh. Throw a couple in your gym bag or locker too.
Sof Sole Sneaker Balls Shoe, Gym Bag, and Locker Deodorizer, 3 Pair, Matrix
4. NonScents Shoe Deodorizer
Slip these packets into your shoes when you’re not wearing them, and they work to remove odors, not just cover them. As the name suggests, NonScents products are made without harmful chemicals or strong fragrances. The contents of the sachets are 100% biodegradable and safe for both children and adults.
NonScents Shoe Deodorizer - Odor Eliminator, Freshener for Sneakers, Gym Bags, and Lockers
5. Shoes UV Sanitizers Sterilizer with Switch
See the light at the end of your smelly tunnel. These UV sterilizers kill fungi and bacteria, simultaneously protecting your feet and preventing them from stinking up your gym bag.
6. Ultraviolet Shoe Deodorizer
For a more advanced ultraviolet solution, rest your shoes on this UV deodorizer, press the start button, and it will work to eliminate odor and harmful particles in one to two hours.
7. Kiwi Fresh Force Shoe Freshener Aerosol
This popular aerosol spray has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, and is a quick, easy way to freshen up your shoes with one easy spritz.