How Do You Get the Stinky Out of Your Family’s Shoes?

One pile of stinky shoes at our home.

One pile of stinky shoes at our home.

“How do you get the stinky out of the shoe?” It’s a serious question, especially if you have kids. Even when the kids are young adults. Stinky shoes seem to go with younger feet, at least the younger feet that traipse through our home.  Over the years I’ve tried everything from stealth bomb aerosol “odor eliminator” assaults to cutesy soccer ball-shaped anti-stench devices to eliminate that rancid-gym-clothes-meets-swamp odor that wafts out of the shoes. Nothing has conquered the smell, although some of the “solutions” almost sent me into an asthma attack due to their own overpowering “perfume” smell.

Cue some happy music…

Foxcroft Silver SoireeThis week I attended an event celebrating Foxcroft‘s 25th anniversary. A well-regarded quality women’s clothing manufacturer, Foxcroft manufactures the “perfect” women’s buttondown: no gapping, no bunching, no pulling through the shoulders. The fete for Foxcroft was sponsored by a number of companies who also think Foxcroft is pretty special, including Fresh Wave. When I got home and sorted through the sponsor goodie bag and saw Fresh Wave’s “pearl packs,” which the company describes as “natural odor eliminators,” I knew exactly how I would road test their effectiveness: in my front entryway where all the smelly shoes congregate:

First, I can tell you that the very mild scent of the pearl packs is lovely; it’s a combination of natural(!) extracts of lime, pine needles, aniseed, clove and cedarwood, fresh scents that blend well together. And they are non-toxic, which is important in our three-curious-cats home.

Fresh Wave productsHave you used a Fresh Wave product? Was it effective? Check back here in a few days and I’ll let you know in the comments section whether the pearl packs I tucked in my daughter’s stinky red shoes eliminated the stench.

stinky red shoes

Disclosure: I received free samples of Fresh Wave products. No request to share any particular point of view was made. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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4 Responses to How Do You Get the Stinky Out of Your Family’s Shoes?

  1. Oh, my goodness. I think I need a case load of those pearl packs! My kids, especially my daughter, have the stinkiest feet ever.

    I hope they work!
    ~FringeGirl

  2. HonestMum says:

    Obviously MY feet never smell (hehe) but these look fab for people who get smelly feet!

    • Of course your feet smell delish! 😉
      Everyone in my family has commented on the pleasant “herbal” scent of our front hallway since I popped those Fresh Wave Pearl packs into my daughter’s smelly shoes. No more stench!

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