Thanks for visiting With the Specs, an affordable style and sustainable living blog based in Omaha, Nebraska. This post contains affiliate links, which means that I get a percentage of your sale (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase something that I recommend. I never recommend products that I don’t love.
Guys. I’ve done it. I’ve solved a problem that has been a pain in my neck for years and years. I’m only mad that it has taken me this long to do it. This week, I’m sharing what it is, and how you can do it, too. But first...
I love the slow fashion movement, and I’m doing my best to keep it in mind every time I decide to shop. It’s why I thrift, and it’s why I’ve started doing most of my shopping with companies committed to ethical production and eco-friendly materials. But I feel like there’s a piece of the movement that we don’t talk about as much. While we discuss the best way to acquire new items, we rarely talk about the best way to care for the ones we already have.
Which brings me back to the great big nuisance I’ve recently found a fix for. Smelly shoes.
Summer is my least favorite time of year, and Nebraska summers are brutal (if you’re from the South, stop, I know I’m a wimp, but I’m a snow girl). Temperatures are usually in the 90’s, and the humidity - don’t even get me started. Curling my hair is a fruitless exercise, and I start to sweat the second I walk outside. Gross, but it’s a fact of life.
I also begin to wear all of my flats and heels without my favorite winter tights. I’ve tried using no-show socks, but I haven’t ever found a pair that are actually no-show without constantly slipping off my heels, so I usually just go with bare feet. By the end of summer, I usually have to toss my shoes, particularly any leather ones. My sweat has usually soaked into them so much that they’re unsalvageable. Again, gross.
Then I ran into Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags, and all of my problems were solved. They’re so simple and are just little canvas bags filled with Moso bamboo charcoal. All you have to do is slide these into the offending pair of shoes, leave them overnight (or maybe two depending on the situation), and soon they’ll smell brand new! I was pretty skeptical when I read about them in the article, but the price made it worth the risk of giving them a try. They’re just $10 for a pair, $18 for a 2-pack, and $27 for a 3-pack. I started out with just a pair, but I wish I had purchased more to begin with because I’m in love.
Here’s my favorite part. A lot of those deodorizers that you buy in stores are good until they run out of oompf, and then you have to just pitch them. When these stop being as effective, all you have to do is put them out into the sun for a day, and then they’re full strength once again!
I normally don’t buy into “miracle products” like these that promise they’ll cure my biggest woes. Honestly, I’m not sure why I ended up deciding to jump and buy them because normally I wouldn’t. I’m really glad I did, though. These Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags allow me to take care of the shoes that I love and extend their life. Not only is it great for sustainability, it’s a great cost-saving measure, too!
You can find them here.
Are smelly shoes a problem that you ever deal with? What fixes do you use? Do you have any great tips for extending the life of your clothes and shoes? I’d love to hear them! Leave them in the comments!
Until next time!