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How to Dry, Deodorise and Freshen Your Shoes Easily

Picture the scene: you slip your feet inside your shoes, and your fears are confirmed – they’re damp. Or, perhaps even worse, they’re also giving off an unpleasant odour.

Whether you like it or not, winter (and in the UK, pretty much any time of year) means wet shoes particularly if you’re a runner or gym-goer whose sports shoes get some serious usage over the course of a week.

So what to do?

There are a number of methods, tips and tricks to try… and keep reading for a ready-made solution that’ll make the entire process as easy as 1, 2, 3.

How to dry wet shoes

When looking for a way to dry shoes quickly, you might be tempted to throw them in a tumble dryer, or perhaps if time permits, on a radiator or in front of the fireplace. These might all seem like valid ideas but are certainly not the most effective remedies.

The extreme heat from dryers, radiators and hairdryers can destroy the adhesives, causing your shoes to lose their shape or to come loose. This is a particular problem for sports footwear, which often uses glue alongside stitching to keep their integrity.

To dry your shoes without damaging them, you could leave them in a dry place, and let them air out naturally, though you may find that they never do look quite the same again if they take more than a little while to dry.

How to get rid of odours, dry and freshen your shoes

To keep your shoes as fresh as possible – especially sports shoes and trainers – you can look for washing instructions from the manufacturer, but you may find these difficult to find!  Always try to wear socks where possible, as these act as a barrier between the skin and shoe material that can reduce sweat production and moisture accumulation.

There are a multitude of home remedies and old wives tales that are regarded as possible ways to remove odours from your footwear. You could try:

  • Putting fresh tea bags inside them – the bags are said to absorb the odours
  • Sprinkling baking soda in your shoes and leaving overnight to neutralise the odour-causing acid left by bacteria
  • Putting your shoes in the freezer (in a sealed bag) to kill the bacteria and remove the odour
  • Placing some cat litter in an old sock and leaving in the shoe to absorb the moisture and bacteria
  • Placing citrus fruit peels in the shoes to provide a fresher scent

But there’s now a much easier way to do it…

A 3-in-1 solution to help dry, deodorise and freshen your shoes

The solutions and remedies above may help, but can be time-consuming and potentially damaging to your footwear. However, there’s a more convenient solution at hand: the new 3-in-1 Shoe Freshener from Margaret Dabbs™ London.


Using Ozone Technology to help dry and freshen your shoes to leave them odour-free, the electrical device moves through a three-stage cycle:

  1. Cleaning using Ozone Technology to refresh
  2. Purifying to eliminate odour-causing bacteria and fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot and fungal nails
  3. Drying from the inside out to protect and preserve the footwear

All you need to do at the end of the day is to place the 3-in-1 Shoe Freshener inside your shoes, switch it on, and leave to work its magic. After ei
ght hours, the machine automatically stops, as the cycle is complete, and your shoes will be dry, fresh and ready to wear.

It’s suitable for all kinds of footwear, including boots, trainers and slippers – and you can even use it in a crash helmet! The device can be used as a daily hygiene measure by regular gym-goers and also those who have to wear their shoes over a long period of time as well as anyone who suffers from excessive sweating and odour. You can also use it to restore old footwear back to their former freshness. The Ozone technology leaves the shoe so clean after the cleansing cycle that it even helps to prevent recontamination of Athlete’s foot and fungal nail conditions.

Used as part of a regular shoe care routine, the 3-in-1 Shoe Freshener is a perfect investment to keep your shoes odour-free, fresh and clean and your feet healthy.

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