How To Keep Your Gym Shoes Clean And Odor-Free

Posted by Stephen Steinberg on Feb 12, 2017

How To Keep Your Gym Shoes Clean And Odor-Free

Stephen Steinberg, Founder of Raw Athletics and Vapor Fresh Stephen Steinberg | February 12, 2017

[Note: If you do use Vibram Fivefingers, here's our guide on how to keep your Vibram FiveFingers clean. If you have a Peloton, here's our guide to keeping Peloton shoes clean and odor-free. And if you have Allbirds, here's our guide to washing Allbirds in the washing machine]

If you train hard, your gym shoes will smell. However, if you follow these simple steps, you can keep the odor from your gym shoes under control:

How To Keep Your Gym Shoes Clean And Odor-Free:

Wear Socks With Gym Shoes.
There’s a reason barefoot shoes like Vibram Fivefingers are notoriously smelly- you sweat directly into them. Socks absorb sweat from our feet before it gets soaked up in our shoes. Since moisture and bacteria provide an ideal breeding ground for odor and germs, socks are your first line of defense for keeping your shoes fresh and clean.

Air Gym Shoes Out After Use
Do this immediately. Don’t walk around your home with your gym shoes still on. Right when you get in the door, kick them off your feet and let the drying process begin. Until you do this, the sweat and lack of airflow will continue to harbor odor-causing bacteria. And the longer you wait, the harder it will be to reverse the damage.

Spray Down With A Strong Sports Cleaning Spray
You’re going to want to kill as many germs as you can, as soon as you can. There are many antimicrobial sprays out there, but you want one that’s gentle so you don’t ruin your shoes or irritate your skin next time since the chemicals can leach through you socks. You also want one that will leave a nice pleasant scent behind. Surprise, we’ve got the best option for you-- Vapor Fresh® Sports Equipment Cleaning Spray! Spray it very liberally inside and out, then let them air dry completely.

Sprinkle Shoe Powder To Assist Drying
You want to make sure there’s as little moisture in your gym shoes as possible. The best way to do this is to use a shoe powder specifically designed to soak up any lingering moisture in and around the shoe.

Many shoe powders have added benefits as well. For example, our Vapor Fresh® Foot & Shoe Powder is designed to dry the shoe completely to restrict germs and leaves a refreshing scent behind with the help of natural essential oils.

If your shoes are excessively sweaty or smelly, a great thing to do after sprinkling them with shoe powder is to place a moisture-absorbing insert into each shoe. This will help soak up the moisture much faster than regular air drying would. The faster your shoes dry, the fresher they will be and the longer they will last.

Follow those tips and you’ll have the freshest kicks in the gym. Train hard, finish fresh without any stress because Vapor Fresh has got your back!