School has been back in session for a little while now, and this means kids in the Centerville City School District are learning math, history, and science. Now, science classes can be particularly fun for students, especially when their curiosity is piqued, and their young minds begin thinking about the physical world around them.
When students study chemistry, they learn how certain chemical reactions—like sulfur interacting with other elements—can produce distinct scents. Of course, parents of teenaged students already know a thing or two about “distinct scents,” especially when discussing their children’s shoes!
Just because your teenager’s shoes smell less-than-fresh doesn’t mean there isn’t anything that can be done about it! We have several tips to help you eliminate shoe odor and end up with footwear that isn’t so embarrassing for your child or (more likely) you.
Some of the best practices to eliminate shoe odor include:
- Wash them. Obviously, you should check the label first, but if your child’s shoes can be machine-washed, take out the laces and insoles, put them in a pillow case, and then close up the open end. Toss them in the washer with some detergent, and run the washer at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the washer has stopped, run it a second time, and then allow the shoes to air dry completely before they are worn again.
- Dry them out. The bacteria responsible for the offensive odor requires moisture to survive. You can deprive them of this by removing the laces, lifting the tongue up and out, and then placing them in a sunny spot so they will dry faster.
- Use antifungal and antibacterial sprays and powders. Another way to address bacterial and fungal contamination is to use over-the-counter antibacterial and antifungal products. Spray or sprinkle powder in your child’s shoes before and after use to eliminate microorganisms that can cause a funky odor. Even better, this can help reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and fungal toenails as well!
- Use citrus fruit peels. Citrus fruit peels contain essential oils that produce the fragrant aromas we associate with oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Place some fresh citrus fruit peels in a pair of shoes at night, take them out in the morning, and they should smell much better.
In the event you find that these practices are not helping, your teen might actually have a condition that needs medical intervention. If so, contact Sunshein Podiatry to schedule an appointment by calling (937) 435-7477.