sour shoe room
Whether this is your entryway, mudroom, shoe closet, or even your kid’s entire room (we feel you), most people’s shoes don’t smell great. Especially your favorite pair you’ve been sporting for years. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. First, don’t throw your shoes into an enclosed space right after taking them off—it will trap the smell into whatever tiny closet or cabinet they’re located in. Air them out first and try adding fragrant shoe balls, spritzes of alcohol, or mesh bags of baking soda. Everyone has their own concoction, but if you’re looking for an easy, no fail solution, look to the store bought balls. As for the closet you’ve been cooping up your smelly shoes in, clear it out, air it out, wipe it down, and add some Febreze. If it still smells, try this all-natural freshener ($10.99, containerstore.com).