How to Get Rid of Odor in Soccer Shoes


    Running and heat can cause your feet to sweat. This can leave behind moisture and odors in your soccer shoes. Absorbing the moisture and airing out the shoes after each use can help prevent the odor from forming. However, if the shoes were left in the gym bag and now the odor is bad, cleaning the shoes and using an absorbing powder can help remove the odor. Depending on how bad the odor is, it may take time for the odor to be completely removed.

  1. Remove the soccer shoes immediately after the game is over. Place a fabric softener sheet in each shoe prior to placing them in your gym bag.

  2. Is This an Emergency?

    If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

  3. Remove the shoes from the gym bag as soon as you get home. Remove the fabric softener sheet. Stuff the shoes with dry newspaper. The newspaper absorbs any remaining liquid in the cleats.

  4. Place the soccer shoes outdoors, in a shaded, dry area. The sun can dry out or damage the shoes, while water can damage the shoes or cause mildew to form. Air out the shoes for 24 hours, or as long as you have until your next soccer game.

Removing Smells

  1. Wash the shoes following the manufacturer's recommendations. Most soccer shoes can be cleaned by hand by combining a squirt of liquid dish soap with water and then washing the shoes with a soft cloth. Rinse the soft cloth to remove soap residue, and then use it to wipe away any soap residue from the shoes.

  2. Allow the shoes to completely air-dry.

  3. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda or a foot odor removing powder into each shoe. Allow the powder to absorb the odor for 24 to 72 hours. Use a hand-held vacuum cleaner to remove the powder, or dump the powder out. It will not harm the shoes or your feet if a small amount is left behind.