A Lifehacker article recently suggested placing stinky shoes in the freezer to neutralize odor. One reader reported, “I put my shoes in my deep-freeze freezer as soon as this article posted. I took them out about 3 hours ago…. At first, they didn’t stink. After wearing my shoes now for about 3 hours, the stink has returned to the pre-freezer level. *sigh* I was sooo hoping it would work!”
This doesn’t surprise us in the least. Shoe odor is caused by two things: bacteria and sweat. Sure, the freezer discourages bacteria from multiplying — for the time being — but once bacteria reaches room temperature, the effects end. Freezing food doesn’t kill E.coli and other bacteria, reports NPR, so why would it work against shoe odor?
The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, on the other hand, has been tested to kill E.coli and other types of harmful gram-negative bacteria. So we recommend a 45-minute treatment with a shoe sanitizer, followed by letting the shoes air-out overnight. You’ll also want to combat the day-to-day dampness and odor that plagues your shoes, since this type of environment encourages bacteria to thrive. In this article, we’ll discuss a few different types of foot deodorant to consider.
Types of Foot Deodorant
The shelves are packed with different types of foot deodorant, including:
– Sprays: On the plus side, sprays are an easy, no-mess way of deodorizing the feet. However, many sprays contain ingredients like aluminum chloride, which may cause itching and irritation for some users. They also tend to get used up more quickly than other types of deodorant. Example: Avon Foot Works Healthy Antifungal Foot Spray
– Roll-Ons: Roll-on deodorants are a style that appeals to older people who like the control of application. Yet, people complain that they may cause sock discoloration or become sticky after extended use. The directions say to wait five minutes for the product to dry, which isn’t always convenient. Example: Certain Dri Roll-On Antiperspirant
– Creams: Creams feel most natural to put on the feet and are easy to apply; but some say they do not stop excess perspiration. Rather, they are better at temporarily masking the smell. Example: Lavilin Foot Deodorant Cream
– Powders: Deodorizing powders are some of the most common types of foot deodorant on the market. On the other hand, powders can be messy and cake up in your shoes over time. Example: On Your Toes Bactericide
What Is the Best Type of Foot Deodorant?
Unfortunately, we couldn’t dig up any extensive research on the “best foot deodorant.” All the products mentioned above have had favorable consumer reviews, but it seems that different bodies respond in different ways. It’s a good idea to speak with a professional podiatrist or physician if your foot and shoe odor are interfering with your quality of life. Sometimes certain medical conditions need to be treated before shoe odor products are effective.
All-Natural Foot Odor Remedies
There is also the option of purchasing an all-natural foot odor product like Only Goodness Inside, which is vegan, organic, hypoallergenic, and made from nature’s finest minerals. Or you may choose to make your own foot deodorant out of baking soda, vinegar, natural herbs, Epsom salts, essential oils, and Zinc Oxide.
Using the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to zap the bacteria out of your shoes is another natural remedy for smelly feet and shoes. Our product uses germicidal UV light to kill up to 99.9% of the odor-causing bacteria and fungus in your footwear in just one easy 45-minute treatment. Buy one here and enjoy more hygienic, fresher-smelling shoes!