The most loved summer shoes are definitely Birkenstocks! These shoes are pretty cute and comfortable and a never-dying trend. As a matter of fact, even celebrities like Kim Kardashian are in love with this trend.
However, as any other footwear that gets a lot of wear it gets dirty and grimy over time. Sweat stains alongside with water marks will make the insole of your Birkenstocks look pretty bad and it might shorten the life your favorite summer shoes. Hence, sweat stains alongside with foot skin cells may develop a funny odor that will get impregnated in the Birkenstocks footbed which can last for long.
Fortunately, there are some effective solutions in getting rid of the stinky smell of Birkenstocks insoles without ruining the fabric.
Continue reading this article and you will find out how I managed to clean my stinky Birkenstocks and extend their lifespan.
Remove Excess Dirt
To extend the life of your favorite summers shoes you have to keep them dirt-free. Just wipe down the footbed with a damp cloth every few months and use a suede brush on the straps (which is gentle enough so as not to ruin the finish) to remove grass and mud particles.
Clean Hard-To-Remove Stains with Baking Soda and Water
The insole of your Birkenstocks may catch some unsightly and dirty foot stains which can be very difficult to remove. But, if you mix baking soda and water until you get a paste, and then gently scrub the entire footbed it with a toothbrush using circular motions, your Birkenstocks will look just like new. However, you should let the formula sit overnight, then rinse it off in the morning to reveal noticeably cleaner shoes.
How To Remove Odor from Birkenstocks?
I used White Vinegar
This household acid can help in neutralizing foot odors within shoes. Fill a small bowl with white vinegar and water in equal parts. Moisten paper towels within the white vinegar mixture and strategically place over all of the areas within the Birkenstocks when the foot normally comes into contact. After 6-8 hours, remove the vinegar soaked paper towels from the interior of the sandals.
But, Freezing Them Is Another Tricks That Works
When sweat, skin particles and filth collect within Birkenstocks odorous bacteria can live off of the organic matter. Freezing the Birkenstocks will will help to kill the bacteria at low temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Place Birkenstocks within a large enclosed ziplock bag and place within the freezer for 1-2 days. After 24-48 hours return to the freezer to remove the sandals from the ziplock bag and place the Birkenstocks outside in direct sunlight to thaw out.
Or Cat Litter
This substance does more than just handle kitten droppings. Pour fresh cat litter within the interior surface of the sandals insuring that all areas that normally come into contact with feet are covered by the litter. Place Birkenstocks within an enclosed shoe box for 4-5 days, before removing freshened sandals and placing into use.