Stank shoes and other travesties

Dear Home-Ec 101,

My son’s shoes stink so badly it is smelling up my entire house. How do you get rid of the smell that is coming from his room?

Signed,

Need to breathe in Texas

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

Conveniently, one part of this question has already been answered. Have your son try some of the tips mentioned in this post. That should cut out some of the smell, for sure.

In the short term, let’s discuss methods of getting stink out of your house. I like to sprinkle baking soda on my carpets (especially in my stinky teenager’s room) and vacuum. This seems to take some of the smell out of the air. Also, whenever possible, open up all your windows to air the room out. I know taking a piece of bread and soaking it in vinegar and leaving it overnight will take fish smell out of your house, I expect it would work on feet smell as well.

Another cause of stinky is leaving laundry around on the floor. Teen laundry is stinkier than normal, I have noticed, so make sure he’s not leaving laundry all over the place. Chin up, it won’t be too long before you’re missing him and his stinky shoes because he’s off to college. 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Sara on February 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I had this same problem with my husband's running shoes….YUCK!

    I found Febreze SPORT and it works awesome! It didn't just cover up the smell like some other sprays. It really elimated it!! Here is where I found it: http://bit.ly/DhaniConstructionHero

  2. Bramble on March 23, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    push comes to shove- get him new shoes. i had to dump mine after quitting my job. no amount of baking soda, charcoal, sweet and lfowery things will get out old beer, gasoline, coffee, 18 hour shift foot sweat (well yeeah my feet stink sue me), etc.

  3. Nina on March 23, 2007 at 5:44 am

    You can also buy some shoe inserts that have charcoal in them to absorb the odor and save your nose. Dr. Scholl’s sells them. I think they are the ones for Industry workers.

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