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It’s summer. Chances are, you have a pair of boat shoes. Right? Well, if you do not own a pair, first, go get yo’ self some! Second, keep reading because you will want to learn how to remove odor from Sperry Top Siders. Trust me, it really is going to happen. Everyone who has had that one pair for a long time will know the stench that I am talking about.
The first time I looked into how to get rid of the “Sperry stench” all I could find was “wear socks”. Seriously? What’s the point of wearing boat shoes anyway? I do not want to hear that wearing socks is my only solution to this terrible matter. So needless to say, I went on a long, hard search to find real ways to remove these odors!
1. Baking Soda
Measure half a cup of baking soda and pour into each shoe. Then, put the Sperry’s into a paper bag and shake (shake it real good, hehe). Allow them to sit overnight.
2. White Vinegar
Vinegar is such a great disinfectant. Soak come paper towels in a bowl of vinegar and stuff them into your Sperry Top Siders (or any boat shoe). Allow to sit overnight and remove towels the next day. Place outside to air-dry. The heat from the sun is also wonderful at disinfecting and will kill any other bacteria still in your shoe.
3. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol will help neutralize the odors in your boat shoes. Like the steps with the white vinegar, soak paper towels in alcohol and stuff into Sperry’s. Sit overnight and allow to air-dry outside.
4. Coffee Grounds
Have you ever seen a little bowl of coffee grounds sitting in the perfume section of a department store of Ulta/Sephora? There is an actual reason to this! It’s because coffee grounds are great neutralizers and also soak up excess odors. Pour half a cup of grounds into a coffee filter and tie closed. Place the filters in the shoes and then into a large paper bag. Close and allow to sit for 48 hours.
5. Freeze Sperry Top Siders
Freezing your boat shoes will kill all the bacteria living inside. Put your shoes in a zip lock bag and leave in your freezer for 48 hours. Place out in the sun to thaw and kill any excess bacteria.
Now go clean those Sperry’s!
Follow along with me!