Smelly Boots? Get Some Corn…Among Other Things
By angelamontana

Posted: July 26, 2016

If smelly feet plague you, and the stench seems to be permanently saturated in your boots, here’s a tip for you from Field & Stream to help de-smell them:

New boots can smell like tires or leather goods, and old boots can smell just plain bad, none of which you want in the woods. To get rid of the scent, buy a sack of corn—a 50-pound bag usually goes for about $5—and bury your boots in it. After a few days they’ll be virtually odorless.—Thomas Shipshock, via

On top of that, has a few suggestions that might seem odd but are said to work for some:

  • Though this may sound strange, but cat litter has proved effective in getting rid of shoe smell. For this, collect fresh, unused cat litter in a pair of old sock and seal its mouth. Now, put the socks inside your smelly shoes and leave overnight. The litter, a great deodorizer, would absorb all the foul smell, making your shoe perfectly ready to wear.
  • When the shoes are not in use, place a dryer sheet in each one. This way whenever you need to use the shoes you will not be disheartened with the unpleasant smell.
  • To get rid of the unpleasant smell coming from your good pair of shoes, you can stuff the shoes with newspaper. Do this at night and next morning you will find ‘stink-free’ shoes.
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