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How to Get Smells Out of Boots?

If you're wondering how to make boots smell good after a day out, then you're definitely not alone. A sunny day or a hard hike on the trail can cause moisture to build up in any pair of boots. By eliminating odors, you can preserve your favorite leather shoes or winter boots season after season.

One surefire way to combat odors is by using our Air Raider™ Boot & Shoe Refresher. It's easy to apply and is a quick way to keep your boots fresh.


In addition to our Air Raider™ Boot & Shoe Refresher, you could use home remedies to get the smell out of leather boots. Unlike canvas or fabric, leather footwear can't be thrown into the washing machine and requires a little more care.

To remove odors from leather shoes, you must first get to the root of the problem. Since bacteria usually cause the smell in your feet, the first step is to try thoroughly washing your feet on a regular basis. Try washing them with antibacterial soap to remove the odor-causing bacteria that are exacerbated by excessive sweating.

If that doesn't work, try soaking your feet in warm water with two spoonfuls of white vinegar, which is a natural disinfectant. Try applying a high-quality foot spray overnight and take off your boots every few hours to improve airflow.

For many, sweaty feet are par for the course for a day outside. In addition to leveling up your foot care routine, consider improving ventilation in your shoes. First, try using a teaspoon of baking soda into a thin cotton cloth (or a spare sock), and place the knotted fabric into each boot overnight to absorb the odor.

If that doesn't work, you can also place a dryer sheet with some cloves in your shoes for a few hours to combat the smell. One of our favorite strategies is called the freezer method. Since freezing temperatures can effectively kill odor-causing bacteria, simply place your boots in an airtight plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for a few hours.

If your shoes are soaked from a summer rainstorm, you can get rid of the mildew odor by placing them in the open air to dry by a window or on a balcony.


Mildew can cause shoes to have an unpleasant musty odor. If you're curious how to get mildew smell out of boots, the secret is to remove moisture to stop the growth of the mildew. Wash the shoes, add in a couple of teaspoons of baking soda, and try a hospital-grade disinfectant spray to deodorize them.

Other essential oils and tea tree oils are known to combat bad odors. Try a deodorizing essential oil spray for an all-natural solution.


The secret to how to prevent work boots from smelling is threefold: buy the right boots, keep your feet clean, and change your socks regularly. Sweaty feet cause moisture to seep into the material of the boot, so improving breathability is key.

The real key to learning how to clean smelly work boots? Invest in high-quality, waterproof footwear from day one that is less susceptible to odor and mildew. Shop Timberland Boots today and tackle your next adventure in style.