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Smelly Birkenstocks

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Dilbertian Sat 09-May-20 14:02:19

I've practically lived barefoot in my Madrids since lockdown began, and they are beginning to niff. Any suggestions what I can do about this? I'm allergic to fragrances, so cannot use Zoflora, for example.

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MadCatLadee Sat 09-May-20 18:23:41

Bicarbonate of soda should work

knightlight Sat 09-May-20 18:28:15

Spray of peppermint oil diluted in water

Dilbertian Sat 09-May-20 18:35:26

How would you apply the bicarb?

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Therollockingrogue Sat 09-May-20 18:36:22

Sell them on eBay to a foot fetish fanatic and buy some new ones with your profits grin

flabbyflabbyflabguts Sat 09-May-20 19:25:17

I know an air hostess who sells all her shoes and tights on eBay, makes a mint

flabbyflabbyflabguts Sat 09-May-20 19:26:14

That aside, I've put my birkies through a gentle cycle in the washer before, in a pillowcase

PearlieQueen Sat 09-May-20 19:39:56

I second the peppermint oil spray. I add a drop of tea tree oil as well. Let them dry in the sun if possible

BrandoraPaithwaite Sat 09-May-20 19:43:59

I've been through at least 4 pairs of Birkenstock's over many years and finally admitted defeat. They always end up stinky. You can't get the sweat out once it's absorbed. I think it's because once I like a pair I wear them every day for the whole summer. Friends who just wear theirs once or twice a fortnight or so haven't had the issue. Or maybe I'm extra stinky?!

Dilbertian Sat 09-May-20 19:55:20

With my allergies I don't think I should take the chance with essential oils.

Flabby, do you mean the plastic ones (officially called Birkies) or the cork ones (Birkenstocks, nicknamed Birkies)?

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GiveMyHeadPeaceffs Sat 09-May-20 19:56:35

Not helpful but from the first sunny day until I admit defeat in October I wear my Birkenstocks every day and they've never smelt. Do your feet smell in other shoes/sandals?

Dilbertian Sat 09-May-20 20:13:20

Yeah, I'm a sweaty Betty, and my shoes always end up smelly if I don't wear socks. I generally rotate the shoes I wear, and change when I get home. But I'm at home all day now, not wearing socks, and wearing the one pair of Birkenstocks all day. It's too warm for socks, I can't go barefoot, and we don't wear shoes indoors.

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MadCatLadee Sun 10-May-20 10:29:23

*How would you apply the bicarb?

Sprinkle liberally and leave overnight. Tap out in the morning.

yellowsun Sun 10-May-20 10:33:25

I tried everything and still had smelly Birkenstocks. Someone recommended this shoe powder stuff and it’s worked brilliantly!

Foot and shoe powder 100g - Odour remover and eliminator - Developed by a registered podiatrist Shoe Rescue is a 100% natural deodorant remedy to eliminate smelly shoes and feet - Keeps feet fresh

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