Get rid of the stench by learning how to get sweat and smell out of tennis shoes. Having sweat and odor in your tennis shoes can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. There are ways to eliminate these problems and to lessen them in the future.
- Place tennis shoes in a plastic bag, sealed, and put them in the freezer overnight. This kills odor causing bacteria and should help significantly.
- Wash sneakers in the washing machine on a warm or cool setting, if possible. Use caution if washing leather tennis shoes, but cloth tennis shoes should wash fine with a small amount of laundry detergent. Don’t use the hot water setting, as this can damage or shrink the tennis shoes a bit, especially leather shoes.
- Remove or loosen shoelaces as much as possible and pull the tongue of the shoe out as far as it goes to allow the tennis shoe to air dry after washing. Turn shoes over and hang to dry to assist in getting all the water out as quickly as possible. If it’s nice weather outside, drying shoes outdoors can help speed up the drying process. Never put shoes on again until they are completely dry, as this can cause fungus and increased odor, plus it’s uncomfortable.
- Sprinkle baking soda into tennis shoes once they are totally dry. This will absorb any sweat or odor that is left over. If desired, this can be followed with a spray of deodorant made for fabric and furniture.
Freezing, washing, and a sprinkle of baking soda should do the trick for removing odors and sweat from tennis shoes. To minimize this problem in the future, make sure to buy breathable tennis shoes and wear clean socks. It’s especially good to wear socks that are bleached, as this naturally can help keep odors at bay. There are also inserts available in supermarkets and drugstores designed to reduce odor problems.