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How to clean smelly socks


Have you ever washed a pair of socks with detergent and bleach and it still  had an odor.  Well this happens to be me . I am a person who sweat excessively on my hands and feet so most evening after work when I am removing my socks it would be damp , after a few days of wearing it would be smelly . Well of course I though a simple laundry wash would work but I was wrong so I tried a number of methods to get them clean and I found two methods that really worked well which I will explain below.

What really makes your socks stink ?

Before I explain  you need to understand the reason why your sock is that stink and it has to do with bacteria . They live everywhere  once you sweat they start to feed and multiply making your socks their home . Like every living thing once they eat they must excrete so when bacteria excrete they leave a bad smell . So basically to get rid of the smell you have to kill the bacteria .


This is where white vinegar comes in there are two ways I have fixed the problem of bad smelling socks . The first method to use vinegar  worked excellent you need mix three cups of water with 1 cup of white vinegar and soak your socks overnight . The next day you can wash it in the washer with your other clothing this will surely leave your socks fresh again .

The other way is to throw two cups of vinegar  in the wash along with your detergent and wash as regular .



Enzyme cleaners are known for breaking down waste and dirt into smaller molecules so this makes them very effective against  stains and odor and since they can keep working as long as 80 hours after application so surely this is a great way to clean your smelly socks. Enzyme cleaners can also remove stain it would work excellent for white socks.


If you don’t have any of the above ingredients  in your home you can use hydrogen peroxide which has  antibacterial properties they kill bacteria by destroying their cell walls and they also gets rid of malodours .You can make a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 3 part water soak your socks over night and then was with your regular clothes . Hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties so its recommended for white socks.


Methods for slightly smelly socks that was not so effective was washing the socks with baking soda and detergent after the were dried I could still smell odor faintly another method I found on the internet that I tried was to soak to haven’t tried was to soak your socks in rubbing alcohol overnight the mixture should be 1 part rubbing alcohol 2 part water . Alcohol can be used as an antiseptic so it has some bacteria killing properties.


Keep your shoes clean and odor free .

Use odor eating insoles

Try Anti-Microbial Wicking socks

Take weekly foot bath to keep bacteria and fungus away



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