Hey guys. need a little hygiene help.

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    Sep 06, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    I run a lot and workout most days. Because of this, my shoes are very stinky lol. Is there any advice out there to maybe stop the smell or get rid of it? Thanks!
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    Sep 06, 2014 9:28 PM GMT
    wash it?
  • SENCGuy1

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    Sep 06, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    Wash them if you can. After that, try wadding up newspapers and stuffing them with it. Newspaper absorbs the odors if let for a few days. There's also a product called Atmosclear (not sure if it's still made) that neutralizes any odor...works on anything. You can spray them with that.
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    Sep 06, 2014 9:34 PM GMT
    When my Dad was in the Navy he was stationed on Guam where it was very humid. He said they had special boxes for their shoes that they put them in in the evening; they had a light bulb in them to make it hot in the box and it dried out their shoes. Otherwise they'd get fungus and whatnot on their feet.
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    Sep 06, 2014 9:52 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidWhen my Dad was in the Navy he was stationed on Guam where it was very humid. He said they had special boxes for their shoes that they put them in in the evening; they had a light bulb in them to make it hot in the box and it dried out their shoes. Otherwise they'd get fungus and whatnot on their feet.

    This may have been a bit too oblique, but what I was trying to say is that maybe you need to dry your shoes out.

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    Sep 06, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    My father had the most amazingly stinky feet. Thank god that gene was not passed along to me...

    Odoreaters shoe insoles.

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    Sep 06, 2014 10:25 PM GMT
    in before someone pm's you an offer to buy them icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 06, 2014 10:26 PM GMT
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_l4001_s42BA/S_NbQGR2hQI/AAAAAAAAAAM/MmVvLZR8OYg/s400/51427085-300x300-0-0_Woodlore%2BCedar%2BShoe%2BTrees.jpg
    I've never had a foot odor problem but I use these in my dress shoes and I'm told they also prevent odor issues. The cedar ones are the best.
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    Sep 06, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    Put cat litter in your shoes when they start to stink because it absorbs smells and moisture. Sounds weird but it works lol.
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    Sep 06, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    Do you have just one pair of sneakers? I rotate through 4 or 5 pairs to give them time to dry out between workouts.
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    Sep 07, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    Put some baking soda in the shoes and give them a rest for a day or so.
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    Sep 07, 2014 5:11 AM GMT
    Stop running and working out.

    Twinkies and Xbox are funner anyway. And you can do them nekkid.
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    Sep 07, 2014 7:05 AM GMT
    Foot odours are commonly bacterial so washing your shoes might not actually be enough.

    If you want to remove the problem properly you will need new shoes as the bacteria is embedded in the soles and inside of your shoes.
    You should probably purchase new socks as well because even putting them in the washing machine might not even remove the bacteria.
    Soak your feet in water diluted with antiseptic for about 20 minutes at least 3 times a week until you notice the odour is going away.

    I'm just saying this just in case because there are some people who actually don't do this, but when you shower it's important to wash your feet as well.
    Actually lather them with soap and clean between your toes.
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    Sep 07, 2014 7:30 AM GMT
    MartyredNeons said
    ...but when you shower it's important to wash your feet as well.
    Actually lather them with soap and clean between your toes.

    What also helps my foot odor is submersing my feet in soapy water while I shower. In a tub shower I just use the drain plug, and let the shampoo from washing the hair, and the body soap, cover up my feet. Just be sure you have a good non-slip bathmat.

    For a shower stall I have a 5-inch diameter rubber disk to plug the drain. You find them sold mainly for use with kitchen sinks. I also keep one in my luggage when traveling, because a hotel tub shower may not have a working plug. Naturally a shower stall has to have a curb that's high enough so the water doesn't overflow.

    By giving my feet a "bath" this way every day I've found my foot odor has been greatly reduced, as well as having fewer incidents of athletes foot.

    And BTW, I have read that athletes foot fungus is very resilient and can survive a washing machine & dryer, and spread to other clothes. Therefore some washing experts recommend never washing socks with underwear, supporters and gym shorts if you get athletes foot, or you may develop jock itch.
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    Sep 08, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    The heat from the dryer should destroy fungus.

    Soak your feet in Epsom salts to help with foot odor.

    Change shoes more often so they dry completely.

    Get a foot lotion with peppermint oil in it which has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

    Keep your feet dry for part of everyday and exposed to air/light by wearing sandals or going barefoot.
  • being_human

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    Sep 08, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    wear and change socks frequently.
    and eat veggies. ^_^
    and love one another.
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    Sep 08, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    Barook saidI run a lot and workout most days. Because of this, my shoes are very stinky lol. Is there any advice out there to maybe stop the smell or get rid of it? Thanks!


    I agree with most of what's been said here, but just to clarify a little, I've found that a generic talc foot powder with salicylic acid and/or methyl salicylate as the active ingredients can do a great job of killing the bacteria/fungus in one's shoes and socks with long-lasting effects after using it semi-regularly for 2-3 weeks (or a couple days past the point where you notice the shoes smelling noticeably less offensive before the first time you put them on in a given day).

    [EDIT: In a vain attempt to distract myself from omega_einhorne's comment, I looked up salicylic acid and methyl salicylate; turns out they're not toxic like I thought they were (looks like they're really just forms of aspirin) in small quantities.]

    An epsom salt soak (scrub with crystals too, especially around toes/nails, for maximum effect) can also help inhibit the same bacteria and fungi on your feet themselves; even just sprinkling some in the bathtub before following art_deco's advice would work just fine.
  • toybrian

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    Sep 09, 2014 1:29 AM GMT
    first put powder in the shoes to get rid of smewll and have a 2nd pair for other things so the main pir can dry out..
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    Sep 09, 2014 1:36 AM GMT
    I agree with talcum powder, that shit is the bomb, I still use it on my balls to this day.

    another thing to consider are natural fiber socks, natural fivers allow your feet to breathe instead creating a furnace for bacteria to grow.

    I also like to soak my shoes over night, perhaps you could try antibacterial detergent? and leave out in the sun to dry the next day with the laces and tounge out

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    Sep 09, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    Thanks you guys!!!
  • jo2hotbod

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    Sep 09, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    Buy a second pair, if not third and alternate use
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    Sep 09, 2014 3:11 AM GMT
    Barook saidThanks you guys!!!


    Dust the inside of your shoes with.........

    a teaspoon of..........

    BAKING SODA!

    Smell gone

    Do it every 2 weeks!


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    Sep 09, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    Good question for an athletic man. I was an athlete most of my life and actually even though I tried to ignore her advice, my mother was actually right I found: once you are done with your sports, take off those sweaty clothes, shoes, and socks, and shower your body well. Then the next time that you go work out put on fresh clothes and start the process all over again. It is either the repeat of putting on smelly clothes that cause body odor for us boys or it's the lack of regularly bathing (if you're an athlete you should always bath often and regularly). We boys are boys which means we sweat and we smell so we must be very vigilant about our hygiene. All athletes have to do this. And I was a triathlete, martial artist, basketball player, football player, and track runner. I know what I'm talking about here, lol.
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    Sep 09, 2014 5:49 AM GMT
    Put the shoes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight to kill the bacteria.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 09, 2014 6:41 AM GMT
    I think that the problem has more to do with our feet than with our shoes and socks.

    I wonder how many guys actually wash their feet, and how many just stand in the shower and let their feet get wet.

    I use a soapy washcloth to wash between my toes and the bottoms of my feet, every time I shower, and I never have stinky shoes.