Did you know that our shoes retain sweat and dead skin cells after wear? That’s what’s causing odour-causing bacteria to flourish! Here are four effortless and natural hacks to prevent the stink.

Sprinkle some baking soda

A tablespoon of baking soda on each shoe, particularly the insoles, will do the trick. This will absorb the moisture from your shoes, making them almost inhospitable breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive in warm and moist areas. The next morning, shake or vacuum the baking soda up.

Use tea tree oil

Essential oils like tea tree have disinfectant properties that draw out and eliminate odour causing bacteria. Drip a few drops of tea tree oil on the insoles of your shoes once a week and leave to air. Continue until odour is gone.

Use an herb bouquet

Herbs like sage, lavender, and basil are great at eliminating odours. Tie some sprigs of these herbs together and leave in your shoes overnight. The next morning, remove the herbs and allow your shoes to air a little before putting them on. Do this every night until odour is gone.

Use citrus fruit peels

The skin of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and lime are amazing at absorbing bad smells and infusing your shoes with a fresh scent instead. Orange peels contain naturally-occurring oils that are anti-bacterial to prevent bacteria and mildew growth in your shoes.

By Atika Lim for Singapore Women's Weekly.