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6 Best Shoe Deodorizers That Keep Shoes Smelling Fresh

Good Housekeeping Logo By Jamie Kim of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 7: Sweaty feet leave behind moisture and bacteria in shoes, and bacteria causes odor. That's why a good shoe deodorizer is essential for eliminating shoe odor: They work by absorbing moisture and replacing offensive smells with a pleasant scent. The most common types of shoe deodorizers are sprays or powders that are applied into shoes, or insoles that help eliminate odor before it starts. Others are enclosed bags or pouches of moisture and odor-absorbing materials that can be inserted into your shoes.Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Cleaning Lab Director Carolyn Forte and her team spend hundreds of hours every year testing products that claim to keep your home and clothing smelling fresh and clean, including air fresheners, fabric refreshers and more. When our Lab experts test products like shoe deodorizers, we evaluate them in the Lab and send them home with consumer testers to see how effective they are. We rate ease of use and intensity of the scent, if applicable, and test the shoe deodorizers on smelly dress, casual and athletic shoes made from a wide variety of materials, like leather, fabric and synthetics. Using the product per its label directions, we deodorize one shoe and leave the other as a control. We then rate the treated shoe for odor removal immediately after application, plus after several hours and days to assess how long the product remains effective. We also test any claims the product makes and review its labeling for the thoroughness of the directions, plus any safety precautions and warnings needed based on the ingredients. Here are the best shoe deodorizers to buy in 2021: Best Overall Shoe Deodorizer: Poo-Pourri Shoe Odor Eliminating SprayBest Value Shoe Deodorizer: Arm and Hammer Pure Baking Soda ShakerBest Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer: Marsheepy Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer BagsBest Shoe Deodorizer Balls: Arm and Hammer Odor Busterz BallsBest Cedar Shoe Deodorizer: Woodlore Cedar Shoe Fresh InsertsBest Shoe Deodorizing Insoles: Odor-Eaters Odor-Destroying Insoles

Sweaty feet leave behind moisture and bacteria in shoes, and bacteria causes odor. That's why a good shoe deodorizer is essential for eliminating shoe odor: They work by absorbing moisture and replacing offensive smells with a pleasant scent. The most common types of shoe deodorizers are sprays or powders that are applied into shoes, or insoles that help eliminate odor before it starts. Others are enclosed bags or pouches of moisture and odor-absorbing materials that can be inserted into your shoes.

Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Cleaning Lab Director Carolyn Forte and her team spend hundreds of hours every year testing products that claim to keep your home and clothing smelling fresh and clean, including air fresheners, fabric refreshers and more.

When our Lab experts test products like shoe deodorizers, we evaluate them in the Lab and send them home with consumer testers to see how effective they are. We rate ease of use and intensity of the scent, if applicable, and test the shoe deodorizers on smelly dress, casual and athletic shoes made from a wide variety of materials, like leather, fabric and synthetics. Using the product per its label directions, we deodorize one shoe and leave the other as a control. We then rate the treated shoe for odor removal immediately after application, plus after several hours and days to assess how long the product remains effective. We also test any claims the product makes and review its labeling for the thoroughness of the directions, plus any safety precautions and warnings needed based on the ingredients. Here are the best shoe deodorizers to buy in 2021:

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