Birkenstocks are definitely the most popular summer shoes! Stylish and comfortable, these shoes will never go out of style. This trend is even popular among celebrities like Kim Kardashian.
However, as with any other footwear that gets a lot of wear, it eventually gets dirty and grimy. Water marks and sweat stains can ruin the insole of your Birkenstocks and shorten their lifespan. As a result, sweat stains and foot skin cells can produce an odor that can remain for a long time in the Birkenstocks footbed.
Fortunately, there are some effective ways to get rid of the stinky smell of Birkenstock insoles without ruining the fabric.
Remove Excess Dirt
Keeping your summer shoes clean will extend their lifespan. Use a suede brush to remove grass and mud particles from the straps (gently enough to not ruin the finish). Wipe the footbed down every few months with a damp cloth.
🥣 Clean Hard-To-Remove Stains with Baking Soda and Water
Your Birkenstocks’ insoles may catch some unsightly and dirty foot stains that are difficult to remove. You can restore your Birkenstocks to their original look by mixing baking soda with water and gently scrubbing them with a toothbrush using circular motions. If you want noticeably cleaner shoes, you should let the paste sit overnight, then rinse them off in the morning.
How To Remove Odor from Birkenstocks?
🧴 White Vinegar
Shoe odors can be neutralized with this household acid. Pour equal parts of white vinegar and water into a small bowl. After soaking the paper towels in the vinegar mixture, place them strategically throughout the insole area. Let the vinegar soaked paper towels work for about 6-8 hours.
Putting the Birkenstocks in the freezer will help kill the bacteria in the soles. Put Birkenstocks in a ziplock bag and freeze for 1-2 days. Remove the sandals from the ziplock bag and place them outside in direct sunlight for 24 to 48 hours.
🐈 Cat Litter
In addition to handling kitten droppings, this substance has other uses as well. Ensure that all areas that normally come into contact with feet are covered with fresh cat litter. Next, place the sandals in an enclosed shoe box for 4-5 days. Your Birkenstocks are now odor-free and ready to wear!