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How to get rid of unpleasant odor in shoes during the heat: effective summer life hack

Alina MilsentLife
How to eliminate unpleasant shoe odor

In the summer, the issue of shoe odor becomes significant. Heat can lead to increased sweating and bacterial growth, causing shoes and socks to develop a strong and sometimes embarrassing smell.

You can try various home remedies like baking soda or tea bags, or explore specialized sprays available in stores. OBOZREVATEL has discovered an effective method using a common pharmacy product that yields immediate results.

Chlorhexidine, an inexpensive antiseptic available in every pharmacy, has a broad spectrum of effects against bacteria and fungi responsible for sweat odor.

Here's how to use chlorhexidine:

  1. Take a cotton pad or a small cloth and moisten it with a moderate amount of chlorhexidine.
  2. Gently wipe the insole with the chlorhexidine solution, or you can use a spray bottle.
  3. Treat the insoles in the evening so that the shoes can dry overnight, ensuring no lingering unpleasant odor in the morning.

Additionally, you can place bay leaves in your shoes, known for their pronounced antiseptic qualities. Bay leaves can inhibit the growth of bacteria, often the cause of the unpleasant odor. Allow the leaves time to work; it is recommended to leave them in the shoes for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Those who have tried this life hack report that there is no trace of the unpleasant odor in the morning. You can repeat the procedure once a week.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how coffee can help fight bad odor.

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