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How do I get the terrible smell out of shoes that have gotten wet inside?
Home Organizing & Cleaning / 9:12 AM - Thursday September 03, 2009

How do I get the terrible smell out of shoes that have gotten wet inside?

My sons soccer cleats got wet, sat around for a few days and now smell rotten! Is there any way to get rid of the terrible smell?

- Asked by Female, 46-55

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Good Housekeeping has come up with two ways to de-stink your sneakers: The Good Way and the Good Enough Way.

Good Way:

Erase the odor by giving the shoes a deep cleaning.  First, remove laces and wash in the washer and hang dry.  Remove the insoles.  Fill a bowl with warm water and a squirt of dish soap.  Dip a soft brush in the cleaning detergent and scrub the insoles well.  Then rinse them and lay them flat upside down to dry (this prevents curling).  Then freshen your soapy mixture and gently scrub the inside and outside of the cleats.  With a damp cloth, wipe until all the soap gone, rinsing the cloth as needed.  To help kill the odor causing bacteria, let the shoes dry in the sun.  To help control future odors, sprinkle shoes often with baking soda.

Good Enough Way:

Shake baking soda generously inside the cleats, coating the insoles as well.  Also sprinkle some on the outside, working it into any crevices where bacteria may work.  Dump out the excess baking soda, leaving a light coating.  An even faster way is to use an antimicrobial fabric srapy, like Febreze to remove the odor.

After your son uses his cleats, stuff them with newspaper.  This helps absorb smells and moisture.

- Response by ghresearchinstitute1900, A DIY Expert, Female, 46-55, New York

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Put them in a bucket full of febreeze, then put them out in the sun til they're dry. :)

- Response by floridagirl, Female, 36-45, Other Profession

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They need to air out...i would get some odor eaters or use baby powder.

- Response by pinknblu, A New Mom, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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Get febreeze and give them a good spray and then set them outside to air out.

- Response by MaryAnne, Female, 46-55, Regina, Managerial

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wet/wash them again by hand in a bucket of water with a bit of fabric softener in them, then open them up as much as you can and leave them in the sun for a couple of days.. the sun is a great natural deodoriser.. leaving items in the sun like leather goods or any textile that is clean but doesn't smell that fresh, the sun works

- Response by robyn76, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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can they be washed? if so,try pouring some lysol or pinesol in the wash water,then put them in the sun to dry,then spray the insides with lysol.hope all this helps.

- Response by memaw58, Female, 56-65, Home Maker

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