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smelly sandals!!!

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ja9 Wed 20-Jul-05 10:04:47

i have a pair of sandals that i love. This is their 5th or 6th summer!!! Each summer i try and replace them, but i still revert back to wearing them as i just love them so much.

Problem is - they smell . They are open toed and strappy, the sole (or the bit my foot sits on) is fabric.

Any tips for cleaning them?

I've tried the washing machine and scrubbing the soles, but doesnt make much difference.

Anyone have any magical tips before i finally abandon my beloved sandals?

vickiyumyum Wed 20-Jul-05 10:05:35


nell12 Wed 20-Jul-05 10:12:30

scrub them with tomato juice.... it works!
another less drastic option is to put a tumble dryer sheet in them whenever you take them off

MamaMaiasaura Wed 20-Jul-05 10:14:25

How in the heck did anyone find out that rubbing tomatoe juice into sandals gets rid of the smell? [[ponderous emocion]]

nell12 Wed 20-Jul-05 10:17:02

an american friend... they use it to get rid of all smells, my sister in law soaks her (vile) feet in tomato juice once a month and they stay smell free!
Dont ask me why it works, but it does!

SoupDragon Wed 20-Jul-05 10:30:20

Won't it stain the sandals orange? tomato is a b*gger to get out!

SoupDragon Wed 20-Jul-05 10:30:50

Actually, isn't tomato what they use to get rid of skunk smells?

MamaMaiasaura Wed 20-Jul-05 10:31:34

but who initially had the idea.. 'hmm i know i will sock my sandlals in tomotoes'.. sorry to ask diff questions. Souning like ds who asks whne universe was made and how etc etc

Hausfrau Wed 20-Jul-05 10:34:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoupDragon Wed 20-Jul-05 10:35:07

Probably a case of <<adopts American accent>> "These sandals smell like a skunk has sprayed them! Hey... tomato juice shifts skunk scent, I wonder..."

MamaMaiasaura Wed 20-Jul-05 10:39:36

hmm Well you would have to be american to think it i guess.. <<snigger>>

WigWamBam Wed 20-Jul-05 11:03:59

You could try covering the insides with bicarbonate of soda and leaving it on overnight, then brushing it off.

ja9 Wed 20-Jul-05 12:21:42



so, tomato juice or bicarb of soda first??? dont have either in house so will have to make trip to shop first.

oh i'm so excited at the possibility of being able to save my sandals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you!!!

ninah Wed 20-Jul-05 12:26:50

try bicarb on one and tj on the other
Let us know which is best!

MamaMaiasaura Wed 20-Jul-05 12:32:54

ninah - she will need a 'control' sandal too.. do you want me to donate my stinkers ja9?

ninah Wed 20-Jul-05 12:33:52

ja9 Wed 20-Jul-05 14:06:14

eh, thanks for the offer, but no Awen!

(i can even smell the sandals on my feet as i sit typing at the computer! - sorry tmi )

Enid Wed 20-Jul-05 14:10:51


chuck them!

ninah Wed 20-Jul-05 14:11:31

but not til you've done the experiment, PLEASE!

ja9 Wed 20-Jul-05 14:12:03

oh enid, please dont make me

Enid Wed 20-Jul-05 14:13:34

do it now

I can almost smell them over the internet

and cut the straps first so you don't fish them out of the bin later {evil emoticon}

ninah Wed 20-Jul-05 14:15:57

I want to know about the tomatoes!

ja9 Wed 20-Jul-05 14:35:16

i cant i cant.

i wont (stamps foot)

PrettyCandles Wed 20-Jul-05 14:37:12

Rub the sandals with a freshly cut lemon. But this is the crucial bit: rub the other half of the lemon on the soles of your feet before you put the sandals on. You'll have to dust your feet with talcum powder afterwards, else they'll stick to the sandals. Works wonders!

PrettyCandles Wed 20-Jul-05 14:38:45

The bicarb doesn't really work longterm (I've tried it a million times) because you keep applying new sweat from your feet.

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