Sneaker Balls are deodorizers designed to insert into foul-smelling sneakers to freshen their scent and eliminate the unpleasant sneaker smell. Sneaker Balls are sold through various vendors; the ingredients in this list will help you make your own sneaker balls at home. The best part is that you probably already have these ingredients lying around the house.
Two Eggs or Balls
You will need a plastic container such as a plastic Easter egg. If you don't have a plastic Easter egg, you can use any ball small enough to fit inside sneakers that opens and closes. Poke holes in the egg or ball.
Teabags alone can help deodorize your shoes. You can also use the teabags to hold baking soda. Open the tea bag by removing the staples or poking a small hole in it. Steep the tea bag in hot water. Fill the empty tea bag with baking soda.
Two Small Safety Pins
Safety pins are used to close the tea bag after filling it with the other ingredients. A staple would also work fine. Use the second safety pin to poke holes in the egg or ball. Any sharp object would also work.
Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer or air freshener. Baking soda has the power to absorb odors. It can remove musty smells, as well as foul odors. Baking soda is also commonly used to deodorize fabrics, and is strong enough to remove strong odors from sneakers. Use 2 tbsp. in your teabag.
Vinegar can be used in place of baking soda. If using vinegar simply dip a cotton ball into 2 tbsp. of vinegar and place inside the tea bag. Vanilla extract is another common deodorizer that can be used in place of the vinegar. You can also place an orange peel inside the tea bag. Lemon, lime or grapefruit peels can also be used. If none of these scents appeal to you, choose your favorite essential oil scent to saturate a cotton ball and place a tablespoon of baking soda inside the teabag with the oil-soaked cotton ball. This will eliminate the sneakers' odor in addition to freshening up.