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Sole Cleaner & Deodorizer

Confession: I used to wear tennis shoes without socks as my primary footwear as a kid.
My mom always warned against it.
“You’ll never be able to get the stink out,” she’d say.
Did I listen?
Just one of the many examples of moms having more life experience than their 8-year-old’s.
So I lived a life of stinky feet until I moved to the chilly Northwest and discovered a passionate desire and need for some badass, leather boots.
The best part about my beautiful oxblood Dr. Marten’s was that I was forced, nay compelled, to wear socks every day I wore them (a.k.a. every single day).

Here’s the thing: its too flingin-flangin hot in summer to wear thick wool socks and leather boots.

So now, I have transitioned to wearing these impossibly cute flats that my aforementioned brilliant mother bought for me in anticipation of my summer needs and, wouldn’t you know it, the soles are already embarrassingly dirty and consequently, my feet (and my husband) have suffered.

Here’s what you’ll need:
an old toothbrush (or a new one that will never see the inside of a mouth, yuck.)
non-gel toothpaste
rubbing alcohol
cotton swabs

Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Spread a thin layer of non-gel toothpaste on your brush and start vigorously brushing throughout the sole.
2. Rinse the toothbrush every so often and reapply toothpaste as needed and continue to brush until the entire sole has been scrubbed.
3. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub throughout the sole. Swap out for a clean, soaked cotton ball as needed. This may take a few passes through before your shoe comes out clean depending on the extent of your filth. *cough cough* four times
4. Allow your shoes to air-dry before wearing.

Not only does this process cleanse the soul/sole (see what I did there??), it knocks out those nasty odors that we all hope no one else can smell except ourselves without using those questionable aerosol sprays.
Until next time, cheers!


12 comments on “Sole Cleaner & Deodorizer

  1. Melinda
    May 19, 2015

    What a great DIY! I may whip some up!


  2. catherinemryan
    May 19, 2015

    Good idea! Also, for in-between times, just wad up some newspaper and stick it in the shoes overnight. It won’t clean the soles but will draw out the stink.


  3. ourdebtfreefamily
    May 19, 2015

    Such great tips here! Pinning! Thanks for sharing, Danielle!


  4. My boyfriend will be so glad I found this recipe… My flats (primary shoe of choice, every day) and bare feet just don’t mix so well together :/ … thanks for posting!


    • Truly Cozy
      May 20, 2015

      Amen, sister. Happens to the best of us, haha! Hope you enjoy the DIY 🙂


  5. ladiesinnavy
    May 20, 2015

    this is an awesome DIY! 😀


  6. Kim // Peeled Wellness
    May 23, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this! Sometimes flats, especially flats for some reason, can get a little rough! Thanks for linking up on Tuesday!


    • Truly Cozy
      June 16, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by, Kim! Happy to join the link up 🙂 Cheers!


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