How to Make your Volleyball Shoes Smell Better? (9 Tips)

how to make your volleyball shoes smell better

What I am about to talk about in today’s post doesn’t only relate to volleyball shoes, it can also be applied to most sports shoes out there. Indeed, bad smell is an issue that all sport shoes have across the board …

In this article, I will share easy to implement tips to make your volleyball shoes somewhat immune to bad smell.

Hopefully you will learn helpful & practical information!

5 Tips to make volleyball shoes smell better

1. Baking soda

Baking soda is a common household item that can help eliminating bad smells. It is an organic deodorizer that eliminates smells and bacteria.

The method is quite simple! Just fill a cup with these elements as follow (25% cornstarch, 25% baking powder and 50% baking soda). Fill your shoes with the mixture and leave it for 8 to 12 hours straight.

Quick Tip: There are some shoe models that are designed to evacuate the bad smell and keep your feet cool & fresh. For example these quality volleyball shoes are very breathable and would evacuate most of the bad smell automatically.

2. Good foot hygiene

You should be extremely careful when it comes to cleaning your feet. Apply soap or a cleansing agent between each toe and all the way across the sole of the foot, and then rinse thoroughly. Below some additional foot care suggestions:

  • Between washings, only wear socks once.
  • After working out, remove your shoes and socks right away to prevent any unpleasant smell from developing.
  • Completely dry your feet after cleaning them. Any wetness that remains on your feet will promote bacterial development.
  • When possible, remove your shoes and socks to allow your feet to breathe. This will allow any sweat to evaporate without transferring bacteria.

3. Essential oils

Popular natural deodorizers with antifungal characteristics include tea tree, clove, and cedarwood essential oils.

For instance, a research from December 2007 indicated that clove essential oil significantly inhibits bacteria growth on the feet to reduce odor.

These oils are a triple threat since they combat bacteria, get rid of odors, and leave behind a pleasant aroma.

Just drop a few drops of essential oil into your sneaker and give it a moment to breathe. As an alternative, you can combine essential oils with other natural therapies like vinegar or baking soda.

4. Vinegar

This option is good for both cleaning and eliminating bad odors. Yet, you shouldn’t really use it too much.

Combine white vinegar with clean water and apply the mixture (small amount) on the interiors and let them dry in the air (preferably not under the sunlight).

Make sure your shoes are lean before applying this mixture!

5. Bar of Soap

Because of it porous characteristic, soap can easily absorb bad odors and make the interior really fresh.

Just make sure your shoes are clean and dry, then put a bar of soap in each of your shoes pairs and leave it overnight.

Is it possible to make your shoes smell good instantly? (4 more tips)

It’s not possible to remove the bad smell of your shoes instantly, but there are tips that can help your shoes to smell better in less than 24 hours.

6. Sun Light

By leaving your beloved shoes in sun for 4 to 6 hours to fully dry, you will be surprised that the smell did almost disappear!

7. Lemon

If you overnight-soak your shoes in some lemon peels. If moisture is not a problem, this will assist in giving musty shoes a new perfume.

8. Use your freezer

You may also use your freezer to help with shoe smell elimination! They should first be put in a sealed ziplock bag, which you should then store in your freezer for the night. This is a straightforward and efficient solution because the bacteria that causes odor won’t survive the subfreezing temperatures.

(I love this Tip!)

9. Salt

Put a small amount of regular table salt inside each shoe. Shake your shoes out before putting them back on after leaving it there for roughly 24 hours.

Natural odor reduction and moisture absorption are assisted by salt. However, it won’t do much for leather or suede shoes. This method works best on canvas and mesh sneakers.

Do expensive volleyball shoes tend to keep better smell?       

Expensive volleyball shoes tend to be of a better quality as they offer so many improved characteristics including breathability!

Breathability simply means that foot can bread in the shoes and keep players feet comfy and dry for a long time.

It determines how well the shoe can keep a player’s foot cool and dry during a game. Some designers will place mesh or vents to allow air flow in the shoe.

Mesh is probably the best material that helps shoes breathability! It helps escape heat & air eaily.

One last thing is that when shoes are not breathable enough this makes them fit bad during volleyball games!

Should you get rid of smelly volleyball shoes?

It happens far too often that people have stinky shoes. It might be inconvenient when your feet continue to leave a smell in your sneakers, regardless of how clean they are. It might even be outright uncomfortable at worst.

Stinky shoes are the result of bacteria. They proliferate in great numbers on your foot and leave behind organic acids including methanethiol, isovaleric acid, and propanoic acid.

These bacteria aren’t harmful, but they can nevertheless leave a persistent odor. The main bacteria present on the feet, Brevibacterium, for instance, produces methanethiol as a result.

This organic acid smells like rotting cabbage and musty socks and has a strong sulfuric smell.

By the way, if you found your shoes to be too smelly and want to get new one, then you definitely should learn these tips to properly select the best volleyball shoes.

Are smelly volleyball shoes bad for your feet?

Given the fact that feet perspire more than other body parts, foot odor is a prevalent issue. Bacteria and sweat combine to create an offensive stench that remains in your shoes and on your feet.

This makes the skin somewhat moist which promote bacteria propagation.

Bromodosis is a term meaning extremely odorous feet, yet having it does not necessarily mean you will heave h. issues

On the bottom of your feet, there are numerous different types of bacteria. Your foot produces perspiration all the time, and this bacterium feeds on it. The bacteria produce an acid that creates foot odor when they consume perspiration.

In addition to bacteria, fungus can also contribute to smelly feet. Warm, moist environments are ideal for fungus growth. The environment that fungus grows in is created when your feet perspire inside of your shoes and socks. Athlete’s foot is the popular name for these unpleasant-smelling fungus.

Final Thoughts …

So many people are very worried about their bad feet smell after using volleyball shoes! They usually think that they’ve got something wrong with their feet or something along those lines …

However, as you’ve might noticed in this article, the methods and techniques to prevent or correct that are pretty easy, cheap and anyone can apply them.

Finally, I highly recommend checking this simple guide on how to properly clean and take care of your volleyball shoes! THis will give you even more in-depth & helpful information …

Carissa Harmer

Carissa Harmer has over 6 years of volleyball experience between playing the sport at a semi-professional level, following the biggest volleyball teams & leagues out there as well as helping beginners to get started on the right path.

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