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Get the mildew (and smell) out of my shoes!

Asked by robmandu (21210 points ) October 20th, 2009

So, my bike shoes got wet. And I forgot about them and left them in a backpack for almost a week. Now they reek.

I tried dousing ‘em in Lysol and leaving ‘em outside in the sun for a couple of days. Little improvement.

Your suggestions for permanently eradicating the mildew?

P.S. I noted a couple of other mildew-related discussions on Fluther… but wasn’t swayed by most of the comments.

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poofandmook's avatar

roll up some old newspaper, shove them in your shoes so each shoe is pretty full, and let them sit for a few days. It does a good job of sucking out odor.

jackm's avatar

Put some baking soda in them. It works wonders on stinky shoes. People use it in their fridge to get rid of mildew stink.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Zero works well

Otherwise try @poofandmook but also use baking soda in each shoe with the newspaper…you could put the shoes in a large brown paper bag rolled up tightly to speed up the process (this is the same process for old books, too)

Darwin's avatar

Can you wash them in a washing machine? Often doing that with some chlorine bleach will get rid of the odors and spores of mildew. However, don’t dry them in the dryer. Instead, go back to air-drying them in the sun. That way they won’t shrink.

When de-mildewfying books we put them in a sealed plastic bin with plain, unscented clay cat litter to absorb the smell, but that takes quite a while.

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