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Text and photos from The Finder | 29 May 2017
Our shoes retain sweat and dead skin cells after wear, allowing odour-causing bacteria to flourish. Here are five effortless, natural hacks to prevent the stink - with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
1. Sprinkle some baking soda and leave overnight

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 an inhospitable breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive in warm and moist areas. The next morning, just shake or vacuum the baking soda up and your shoes should smell fresher.

2. Use tea tree oil

Baking soda helps to absorb moisture from your shoes, and creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria
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 the odour is gone. P.S. besides eradicating odour and bacteria, it's an amazing insect repellent too.

3. 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 the odour is gone.

4. 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.

5. Always wear socks

Make it a point to wear no-show socks - even if you're wearing flats or high heels - to keep the odour at a minimum. This way, the insoles of your shoes don't absorb your sweat as much.

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