How To Properly Clean The Inside Of Your Shoes

Hey, smelly shoes can happen to anybody. When you’re gallivanting around in your shoes at all hours of the day and night, things are bound to get a little gross. We already told you how to take care of your favorite heels, but what about the insides of your favorite kicks or flats?

Here are seven ways you can clean the inside of your best pair of shoes – and hopefully get rid of that weird smell.

Prevent The Gunk

You know that gross, blackish gunk that gets left behind in your cutest flats? Yeah, that’s nasty. Wipe it off using a handy Clorox wipe, or prevent it altogether by using these handy terry cloth inserts.

Terry Cloth Insoles, $8, Amazon

Put Dryer Sheets In Them

If your shoes are getting a little smelly, simply put a couple of dryer sheets in them. Your feet will be smelling like fresh lavender in no time.

Snuggle Dryer Sheets, $7, Amazon


Make Cute – And Functional – Sachets

If you’re feeling particularly crafty, make some sachets to put in your shoes when you’re not wearing them. Here’s a handy how-to. Or if you’re not up to all that, just go ahead and buy some.

Fabric Shoe Sachets, $6, Amazon

Use Soap (Duh)

Sometimes, all you need is some good dish soap and a sponge. Just make sure to apply the soap to your sponge, instead of directly to your shoes (there’s a chance you could stain them further!)


Use White Vinegar And Baking Soda

With a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, you can deodorize your shoes, so you won’t be embarrassed to take them off at the next party you attend. Check out the recipe here.


Freeze Them

Yeah, we know, this one sounds a little bit crazy. If your running shoes are smelling a little gross, feel free to slip them in a bag and put them in the freezer. The odor-causing bacteria won’t be able to make it in the cold temperature.


Whatever You Do, Let Them Air Dry

Please, please don’t use a hair dryer or your heat register to speed up the process. Chances are, they’ll loose their shape and you’ll end up ruining the shoes you’re trying to save. After you wipe or wash out the inside of your shoes, let those babies air-dry.