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How to Clean Smelly Sandals with Smelly Feet?

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Sandals are the surest sign of good times, but nothing kills the excitement of wearing them like a stink of sweat when you pull them out of your closet.


By their nature; sandals are prone to some really bad smells, but that doesn't mean you have to accept it as a fact of life. If you're tired of smelly sandals and funky flip-flops, we'll cover all the basics for cleaning your footwear and preventing odors from returning.


We have a few solutions to get rid of odors from sandals, but the best remedy is to leave it out in the first place. Follow these tips to keep your sandals fresh after every wear and you may never need to clean them again!


1. Take care of your feet


From surfing to poolside; sandals often go where regular shoes can't, and there are plenty of places to soak up some bad odors in the process. But as with any footwear, sweat and dirty feet are the culprits of bad odor wherever you go.


Having sandals on your feet ready is one of the best ways to prevent odors. This means letting them clean and dry before putting them on. If you're at the beach, rinse your feet before leaving and pat them thoroughly with a towel to let them dry 100%.


2. Don't wear the same pair of sandals all the time


Variety is the spice of life, and may be the answer to the infamous flip flops. If you wear sandals a lot; overusing the same pair day in and day out will not give them a chance to recover from the bad smell.

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Speaking of sandals, don't wear them out -- let them dry. Buy several pairs of sandals for different occasions and rotate them in your wardrobe. After wearing them, you can give each set at least a day or two to dry and rejuvenate.


3. Remedies for smelly sandals


Try these proven methods the next time you need to get rid of sandal odor.


1) The natural power of sunlight


Sunlight is an incredible natural cleaner capable of dealing with microbes and stains on many items around the house. Your sandals are no exception!


You probably already know it's great for shoe shine, but sunlight also provides UV energy that kills the mold spores and bacteria that produce those bad sandal smells.


While it's an effective odor remover, it's best to use less sunlight for most materials. Exposed rubber and cork can break down in the sun for too long, and any dyed materials like leather or suede will fade.


2) Baking soda treatment


Baking soda can remove moisture and odors from mattresses, carpets, furniture, and of course, shoes. If you've had a long day on sandals, sprinkle a layer of baking soda on them. Wait a few hours or overnight for the baking soda to absorb all the water, then shake them out the next day.


If you want your sandals to be shiny and smell good, you can make a cleaning paste with baking soda and water. Scrub it onto rubber or any waterproof material with a toothbrush to remove stains. You can also take it up a notch with hydrogen peroxide to make oxygen bleach.


3) Follow up with vinegar


Vinegar works with a variety of materials, so you can use it after or instead of baking soda and water. Make a spray cleaner by mixing one part water with one part distilled white vinegar.


Apply the vinegar solution to the sandal, then use a soft cloth to apply it to the material. Let them dry in the sun before use.


4) Clean with soap and water


If an all-natural solution doesn't solve the problem, turning to the washing machine can be effective for cleaning sandals. Unfortunately, washing machines are rough on everything except rubber and fabric, and they're also very inefficient. If you're willing to put in a little effort, a simple mixture of warm water and mild dish soap is a great way to clean all kinds of sandals.


5) Freeze smell


Bacteria need a warm, moist place to survive, so it makes sense to take your smelly sandals to the refrigerator. Put each pair of sandals in an airtight bag and toss them in the freezer to kill bacteria and keep them cool the next time you put them on.


The longer you keep your sandals in the refrigerator, the better at removing odors. Put them in the fridge overnight or up to two days to see the difference.

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