How-to Clean Those Shoes Your Kid Won’t Take Off!


So my 1 year olds feet stink.  I mean like grown man foot stink.  It’s bad.  Part of the problem is his unconditional love for these smelly old crocs we picked up at a yard sale for $1.  Yeah, probably a bad idea.  But at this point he has fallen madly in love with them, and hasn’t taken them off for the past 3 months. So I can’t take them away now.  Yes he even sleeps in them.  

These shoes will likely only fit him for another 42 minutes so I’m not really sure why I’m even bothering with them.  But I have a feeling he is going to try to squish his chubby little toes into them for as long as possible. 

So deodorizing and trying to kill some of the stink was a priority.

Step 1



Place the shoes in direct sunlight to let them completely dry out.  Important because the wetness is what is causing the stinky bacteria growth.

Step 2


Pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda inside shoes.  Baking soda will absorb the pungent shoe odor, just like it does in your fridge.  Make sure the entire inside of the shoe is covered.

Step 3


Let the baking soda do it’s job and absorb the moisture and sweat.  The baking soda will even turn slightly brownish when it absorbs all the sweat and dirt.  Yuck!

Step 4


Rubbing alcohol works great in getting rid of smelly shoe odor.  Just pour about 1/2 cut of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and mist the inside of the shoes with it.  Let it sit for an hour or so.

Step 5

Wash in the washing machine with hot water.  Once washed place in dryer and/or leave out in sun to dry completely.

And you should now have a pair of non-smelly shoes. Yippee.