Mud room shoe odor

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My mud room is right when you walk in the door, so everyone kicks their shoes off there, which is what I want, but the smell of feet hits me right when I walk in. Is there anyway to control the odor?
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  • Sharon Lee Fowler Sharon Lee Fowler on Sep 07, 2016
    Spray the insides of the shoes with a mixture of vinegar and water and let dry. It's a great odor reducer for both the feet and the shoes. You may also want to try a diffuser with some essential oil to help hide the odor.

  • Sharon Lee Fowler Sharon Lee Fowler on Sep 07, 2016
    Don't know how they got me in Louisa, VA, but can't figure out how to change it. That's not where I live, though. LOL!

  • Phil a Phil a on Sep 07, 2016
    It's most usually the shoes having bacteria / fungus inside due to not being allowed to dry thoroughly. Spraying Lysol inside the shoes every night is effective at killing these odor causing "germs". Having a small fan to help dry them is good. Cloth sport shoes can be washed in the machine, on warm with bleach in the wash water. Hot water can truly fade and weaken the fabric. Then let them air dry with a fan blowing on them or lay outside in the sun. A clothes dryer can weaken the glues holding the shoe together. Make sure they change to clean socks every day. A foot soak once a week in 7 parts warm water mixed with 1 part bleach will prevent any athlete's foot type infections, more often if an infection already exists. Small changes can make a big difference. A bit of trivia... The same bacteria that is responsible for foot odor is used in the making of cheese... Phil

  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Sep 07, 2016
    AS a side note, when I stopped wearing cotton socks and started wearing wool or any form of wicking material, my odor went away. Once cotton gets damp in a boot/shoe it never dries till removed. This causes the formation of bacteria and fungus.

  • Lee Govan Lee Govan on Sep 07, 2016
    Sprinkle the insides with baking soda and leave in the sun, about two hours will absorb the odour, then just tip it out. You may have to knock the soles together to loosen some of the soda. Mark is right too, wool socks work a treat.

  • Mary Mary on Sep 07, 2016
    I buy the little paper sachets and put them in my shoes; but if you have any single socks, squares of material, etc. put a couple Tablespoons of baking soda, and drops of essential oil if desired - tie or sew the little shoe fresheners, and inform the youngsters they are responsible for their own shoes, or they get to spray all of them with Lysol:)

  • Inetia Inetia on Sep 08, 2016
    If wet shoes/boots are the problem a boot dryer (or two if needed) might help. After having one, I would never want to be without it. Nothing like putting on a pair that just came off the dryer in the winter time. This youtube video shows how to make an odor control bucket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jQv_-hbXok You may have to copy and paste the link.

  • Dja9301269 Dja9301269 on Sep 08, 2016
    Also leave a box or two of baking soda in general area of shoes..

  • Helen Higgason Helen Higgason on Sep 08, 2016
    My son had smelly feet while in high school ,,put in"odor eaters" in he's shoes, no more smelly feet, you gotta try it, it works!!!!

  • Sheryl Gilliland Sheryl Gilliland on Sep 08, 2016
    I use carpet freshening powder, sprinkle a little on a door mat and a little in a can by the shoes, problem solved. To make the freshener use baking soda and a powder (generic talc from $store) and an essential oil drops.

  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Sep 08, 2016
    Just remember any thing chemical will absorb through the feet into the body. Baking soda is a safe option. also a sit out in the sun helps kill bacteria.