How To Disinfect Your Shoes Correctly
Tips For Shoes Disinfection
You may consider yourself a stickler for keeping your shoes clean. You wear them out on the town and wipe off any marks, dirt, and grime when you get home. But have you given a thought to what may be cultivating in your shoes?
The insides of your shoes are a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. This is because our feet get hot and sweaty creating the perfect environment for these microbes to flourish. Keeping your shoes clean should also involve disinfecting them. If you omit this step of the cleaning process you will not only shorten the life of your shoes, you may end up with things growing on your feet that can cause a number of foot health issues as well as room clearing foot odor. Read on to find out how to disinfect your shoes correctly.
1. Soak Your Shoes In An Appropriate Solution
If your shoes are a little on the smelly side, take a look at the insoles. If they’re looking a little grimy, you will need to give them a good scrubbing, making sure you get right into the heel and toe areas that attract the most dirt. Before you attack these dirty spots, give your shoes a good soak in an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal solution. You should be able to pick up this solution from your local pharmacy, shoe retailer, or sporting goods store. Mix the solution with water, as per the instruction, and soak them overnight before giving them a thorough cleaning.
2. Disinfect Your Shoes With Plain Old Vinegar
One of the most effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial substances you have in your home is plain old white vinegar. You can pour some vinegar directly into your shoes for a fast clean or mix a solution of vinegar and warm water in a bucket and let your smelly, dirty shoes soak in that for a while. Don’t forget that vinegar is acidic so make sure you check the materials of your shoes to ensure the vinegar won’t destroy them.
3. Bring Out The Baking Soda
If your shoes are nice and clean, but you are worried that they’re not properly disinfected, just dump some baking soda in your shoes and let this powder sit in them for a day or two. Baking soda is a cheap marvel that will absorb all the moisture inside your shoes that causes bacteria and fungus to breed. When it’s time to put your shoes on again, just shake the baking soda out. You can also use baking soda to make a paste that will effectively clean and disinfect your shoes. Another way to use baking soda for disinfecting and deodorizing your shoes is to make a pillow of this substance that you can put in your shoes when you’re not wearing them. You can then remove the baking soda pillows when you want to wear your shoes and keep them in your shoe cupboard until you store your shoes again.
4. Put Your Shoes In The Sun
Fresh air and sunlight are the natural enemies of the fungus and bacteria that make your shoes smelly. If you’ve washed your shoes, dry them in direct sunlight. This will destroy any microbes that ordinary washing did not take care of. If your shoes are clean and you just want to make sure they maintain their disinfected state, put them upright against a wall or window sill on a sunny day for perfectly disinfected shoes. As an alternative to the natural sunlight technological progress has brought us invention in the form of UV shoe sanitizers.
5. Get A Can Of Shoe Deodorant
You spray deodorant under your arms and other parts of your body to keep fresh so why not do the same with your shoes. Most footwear retailers sell deodorant that has been specially formulated to keep shoes fresh. It does this by eliminating bacteria and fungus that is the cause of shoe smelliness. You can also get deodorant for your feet from your local pharmacy. By spraying your feet, you will keep them fresh and relatively dry which means fewer microbes in your shoes. If you can’t find a foot or shoe deodorant, using body deodorant is better than nothing.
6. Toss Your Shoes In The Washing Machine
If you don’t have the time or the patience to spare for shoe washing, toss them in your washing machine with a bit of mild detergent and a cup of vinegar. You can also finish the rinse cycle with some fabric softener for extra freshness. By washing your shoes in the machine, you ensure they get a thorough cleaning and the vinegar will disinfect them as well. Best of all, you can wash several pairs of shoes at the same time. To prevent damage to your shoes and your machine, throw an old towel in with your shoes to minimize your shoes from hitting the washing drum too hard. Before you do wash your shoes in the machine, make sure the materials your shoes are made of can tolerate this type of cleaning.
7. Keep Your Shoes Dry
We’ve already discussed how moisture is the main cause of bacteria and fungus breeding in your shoes so keep your shoes dry. You may have a favorite pair of shoes that you like to wear every day but if you’ve had a particularly hot and sweaty day, don’t keep wearing the same shoes day in, day out. Alternate them with other shoes so the wet ones have a chance to dry completely before you wear them again. You can try out some of the shoe dryers as a solution to this matter. The other bonus of doing this is that your feet will feel better and you won’t wear out a single pair of shoes in a short amount of time.
8. Finally, Keep Your Feet Clean
There is not much of a point in cleaning and disinfecting your shoes if you keep putting them on dirty feet. While you should be keeping your feet clean anyway, this hygienic routine will also prevent your shoes from becoming Petri dishes. Wash your feet thoroughly every day and soak them in a basin of hot water and salt every week or so to get rid of all the nasties lurking on your feet. You should also attack your feet with a foot exfoliator file to remove dead skin cells that contribute to a microbial foot problem.