Because you asked for it, here it is, another long-awaited “Pat Urban Tip for Better Living.” This time, I scoured the interwebs to come up with 4 ways you can keep your shoes from smelling bad enough to peel paint.
1. Put them in the freezer overnight. It doesn’t actually kill the bacteria, that’s a myth. It renders the bacteria dormant . . . so they might eventually smell again. Same thing with freezing your jeans instead of washing them, if you’ve ever heard that one. But they WILL smell better by the morning. And make sure you put them in a plastic bag, so they’re not sitting directly on the food in your freezer, otherwise your Ice Cream Sandwiches will taste like feet.
2. Fill them with kitty litter to absorb the smell. But don’t just dump it in. Fill up two old socks or some pantyhose with kitty litter, and put THAT in your shoes.
3. Spray them with rubbing alcohol. It kills the bacteria. Just make sure you don’t oversaturate them . . . a light misting will do it.
4. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. If you do, they don’t have time to dry out. Guys are bad about it, because they usually don’t own a ton of shoes. But if your shoes stink up the room every time you take them off, suck it up and buy an extra pair.