Why do I have shoe odor?

Our feet have over 250,000 sweat glands which produce approximately one cup of moisture per day! The moisture, combined with the fact that our shoes and socks typically have very little ventilation, creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus to develop. It is bacteria that are the most prevalent cause of shoe odor.

At any given time, millions of bacteria live on our feet, along with fungi, molds, ammonia, and denatured proteins. Like all living things, these organisms have survival activities which consist of food intake and the production of waste. Bacteria will consume dead skin cells and naturally, produce waste. It is the waste material that is often the cause of shoe odor. As physical activity increases, bacterial growth, waste and odor intensity.

What can you do to prevent shoe odor?

  • Wash smelly feet thoroughly and dry completely after washing.
  • Apply antiperspirant or foot powder to reduce sweat.
  • Choose shoe materials that breathe and socks that wick moisture away from your feet.
  • Avoid wearing rubber or plastic shoes and nylon socks which can cause perspiration and bacterial activity.
  • Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
  • Change socks daily.

How can I get rid of shoe odor?

Use Clean Sweep® to kill 99.9% of odor causing fungi and bacteria on contact. Clean Sweep® will kill 650 types of bacteria and most fungus, including the fungus Trichophyton, which causes Athlete’s Foot. Simply spray the smelly shoes and allow to dry completely. Continue to spray shoes until the shoe odor is completely gone. Clean Sweep® will provide antimicrobial protection and keep your shoes odor free. If you begin to notice shoe odor again, simply reapply the shoe interior with Clean Sweep®. Once again, the shoes will become odor and microbe-free, typically for 4-6 months.

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