How to Remove Odors From Sandals with Vinegar

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Hot water

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Bowl

  • Washcloth

Remove odors from sandals with the aid of vinegar.

Sandals will absorb sweat odors, which will cause them to have an unpleasant smell. Materials that are synthetic do not breathe well, so they will trap the perspiration and odor inside the sandal. Instead of throwing the sandals away, you can remove the odor with items that you have around your home. Treating your sandals often will help ensure that the odors stay away and will keep them in useful condition.


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Step 1

Sprinkle baking soda inside and over the sandals. Allow the baking soda to sit on the sandals overnight.

Step 2

Shake the sandals over a garbage bag to remove the excess baking soda.

Step 3

Combine an equal amount of hot water and distilled white vinegar in a bowl. Dampen a washcloth with the solution.

Step 4

Wipe the inside of the sandals with the solution. Wipe all the areas where perspiration may have collected.

Step 5

Set the sandals in a location to air dry. Repeat the process until you completely remove the odor.


If you have difficulty removing the odors with baking soda and vinegar, you may need to purchase a commercial product to treat the odor.

Soak your feet in a solution of 1/3 cup of vinegar in a small pan of water to help control foot odor.


Test the vinegar on a small, inconspicuous area on the sandals to ensure that it will not fade or damage the material.



Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.