How to Get Smell Out of Hush Puppies

As a casual footwear, Hush Puppies aren’t cheap. This is often why a smell developing within them can be so disturbing. The unpleasant stench of sweat and skin particles can build within the shoes after much wear and use without socks.

Once a foot-related stink gets within the Hush Puppies, there remain a range of household deodorizing solutions for freshening the shoes. The following tips and tricks can make sure that your Hush Puppies are always smelling at their best and the the odor never comes back.

Hush Puppies Smell Removal Solutions

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1. Puppy Rotation

If you find yourself wearing your Hush Puppies everyday, this might be the source of the odor. When these shoes have not had the proper time to breath, moisture remains within them on a constant basis and the odorous bacteria living within the shoes has a chance to grow. As a solution, rotating the shoes with another pair will ensure that they air out and never get to this point.

2. Sunshine + Great Outdoors

Placing Hush Puppies outside within direct sunlight will do much to eliminate the foot-related odors embedded within them. The open space, fresh air and UV rays work to dry out the stench of odorous moisture and freshen the hush puppies. Find a location outside where the shoes are sure to receive a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight. Place the shoes outside within the morning and allow for them to sit and soak in the rays. Return at the end of the day for a smell test. If the odors remains, consider placing the shoes outside for a 2nd or even third day until they have been deodorized.

3. Baking Soda Shuffle

This incredibly absorbant powder works wonders at pulling in odors and freshening the insides of shoes. As a preventative solution, a quarter cup of the powder can be poured within shoes every night before going to bed. Place baking soda by the bed will help to ensure that you do not forget to apply nightly. As well, be sure to shuffle the Hush Puppies to ensure that the powder reaches the toe area of of the hush puppies where the greatest amount of the odor lies.

4. White Vinegar Paper Towel Balls

This household acid is another effective solution for cutting through difficult foot odors within hush puppies. Before application, wad up several paper towels into balls. Lightly dip the paper wads into a solution of white vinegar and water in equal parts. Stuff these paper balls within the shoes until no space within them remain. Allow these wads to sit for 24 to 48 hours as the white vinegar deodorizes the interior. Once completed, remove the balls from the interior of the shoes and place the Hush Puppies outside to allow for air drying.

5. Coffee Ground Bundles

Although most people associate this with their morning cup of coffee, this solution can also would as an odor absorber within shoes. Place a small amount of coffee grounds within the center of several coffee ground filters. Pulling the ends of the filters together, enclose the coffee grounds with several small rubber bands. Place 2-3 of these coffee ground enclosed balls within the interior of each shoe, and allow to sit for 2-3 days. Upon completion, remove the coffee ground balls from within the Hush Puppies and enjoy freshen hush puppies with the subtile aroma of fresh ground coffee.

6. Kitty Litter Sprinkle

This deodorizing substance can work is a similar fashion to the way that it handles a cat's waste product. It works to reduce the odorous moisture within the Hush Puppies and absorb any remaining residues. Pour a half cup of kitty litter into each shoes prior to going to bed and allow for it to sit over night. As a longterm solution the same half cup of kitty litter can be reused for an entire week to cut down on expenses.

7. Homemade Activated Charcoal Inserts

This solution is low cost and involves the use of charcoal briquettes and an old pair of nylon leggings. While this solution often requires more time than others, the charcoal fillers can be used effectively for months. Cut apart the two legging of an old pair of nylons and fill each one with 2-3 activated charcoal briquettes. Once completed, tie the ends and place them within the Hush Puppies. This can be performed nightly to maintain freshness or the shoes can be placed within a shoe box for 5-6 days to remove an especially nasty buildup foot odor.

JJ Henry
For myself
87 Years
Tempe, Arizona

Lysol is the best product I have used to handle nasty foot-related Hush Puppy
odors. It’s an odor eliminator so it doesn’t cover the smell with perfumes; it
actually kills the smell at its source. It’s super easy to use and
environmentally friendly, so no harsh chemicals.

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