How To Remove Odor From Leather Shoes? The odor of leather shoes can be very offensive, whether they are leather shoes for work, leather shoes for casual wear, or leather shoes for running.
Leather is a durable and supportive material for shoe construction. However, leather also traps moisture and odors. A low-cost solution can be used to eliminate leather shoes’ odor.
How To Remove Odor From Leather Shoes?
1. Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
In a spray bottle, combine white vinegar, water, tea tree oil, and acetic acid. In a spray bottle, add 1/2 cup (120mL) white vinegar, 1/2 cup of water (120mL), and five drops of tea tree oil. Mix it all by shaking the bottle.
Tea tree oil is not available in your area. Instead, you can use white vinegar and water to spray the tea tree oil.
Avoid apple cider vinegar as it can cause the leather to turn a dark brown color.
Spray the mixture onto a clean, dry cloth. Use a paper towel or a cloth to dampen the solution. Don’t soak it too much. It would be best if you then wrung the cloth out before applying the cleaning solution to it.
Avoid dyed cloth if possible. The color could transfer to the leather shoes and cause discoloration.
Use the cloth to clean the leather shoes’ interiors. The cloth should be used to clean all the shoe’s interiors. Ensure you clean the insole and the front of your toe box, the sides, and the heel.
To clean the inside of the shoe, you can remove the laces.
Use a clean cloth to dry the shoes. After cleaning the cloth with the cleaning agent, wipe the inside of your shoes with a dry, clean cloth. You should ensure that the leather shoes’ interiors are not damp. This could cause damage or even new bad odors.
Use a clean, dry cloth.
To wipe the inside of your shoes, you can use a dry towel made from paper.
Each leather shoe should be coated with 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) baking soda. After you have wiped off any excess cleaning solution, apply the baking soda to each leather shoe and shake it well. The powder should reach the bottom of the shoes and cover the entire interior.
Add 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) baking soda to the shoes and shake again.
Baking soda neutralizes unpleasant odors.
Let the leather shoes sit for at least 8 hours. Leave the leather shoes alone for 8 hours or overnight. To check if they are clean, you can smell them again the next morning.
If you don’t intend to leave them alone overnight, set a timer for eight hours.
You don’t have to wipe your leather shoes after the vinegar has dried completely.
Before you put on your shoes, vacuum any baking soda.
Tip: If you still have the odor, use the cleaning solution and baking soda to remove it again. The natural solution won’t harm the leather shoes, so you can continue treating them as many times necessary.
2. Disinfecting with Black Teabags
For 5 minutes, steep the black tea bags in warm water. Bring a large pot of boiling water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Allow the black tea bags to sit in the boiling water for five minutes.
For each leather shoe, you will need one teabag.
You can set a timer for five minutes.
To activate the natural disinfectants in black tea, it must be steeped.
Let the tea bags cool in hot water. Place the tea bags in hot water. Allow them to cool down for a while before you pick them up using your fingers.
You can remove many black tea bags by using the strings that come with them.
If the tea bags don’t have string, you can remove them from the water with a fork or pair of tongs.
Each leather shoe should have 1 teabag. Place 1 tea bag in each leather shoe, ensuring that the moisture reaches all the shoes’ interiors. Do not squeeze the teabag’s juice out.
Tip: Place 2-3 tea bags in the leather shoes to mask strong odors.
Allow the leather shoes to rest for two hours. Leave the teabag in the leather shoes for two hours. This will allow the tannins to clean the shoes and eliminate the odor. To ensure uniform coverage, avoid touching or moving the shoes after they have been disinfected.
You can set a timer that will last for two hours, so they don’t have any need to be checked.
Remove the tea bags from the shoes and dry them. Once the tea bags have been allowed for a while to dry, remove the shoes and discard them. To remove excess moisture from tea bags, wipe the shoes with a paper towel or dry cloth.
If the odor persists, you can repeat the process to disinfect further and eliminate the leather shoes.
3. Spraying Disinfectant to Remove Odor
Make sure to check the label to ensure that the spray is safe for leather shoes. It would help if you looked for a commercial shoe cleaner that is safe for leather shoes. Some disinfecting sprays for cloth sneakers can damage or stain leather shoes.
Spray disinfectant for leather shoes can be purchased at department stores, online, and drug stores.
If the product can be safely used on leather boots, it is also safe to use with leather shoes.
Spray the leather shoes’ interiors with the spray. Spray each shoe one at a time. Turn the shoe upside-down and point the nozzle at the toe of each shoe, ensuring that the spray covers all interior surfaces.
Spray the leather shoes for 3-4 seconds.
Allow the shoes to dry for five minutes. Then you can smell them. After you have applied the spray disinfectant, it will dry within a few minutes. After they are dry, take a look at the leather shoes. Apply the spray again if the leather shoes still smell.
The process can be repeated as many times as you need, but make sure that the leather shoes are completely dry between each application. This will ensure that the leather doesn’t absorb moisture which can cause it to become warped.
Why do leather shoes smell?
“There are actually more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body. Feet start to smell when bacteria on the skin break down sweat as it comes from the pores. An awful ‘cheesy’ smell is released as the sweat decomposes. It is this smell that then permeates our shoes.”