How To Clean Used Shoes

How to Disinfect Used Shoes

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Found that perfect pair of shoes but they seem to have been more than gently used? Here's one way to make them wearable, at least.


  1. Pour 1/2 bottle of rubbing alcohol onto your shoes and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will kill all of the bacteria.
  2. Spray thoroughly on inside the shoes with any kind of antibacterial spray, such as Lysol or Clorox. Any brand works great.
  3. Understand that it doesn't hurt to clean shoes that you know haven't even worn. Germs are just about everywhere!
  4. Find out if you are the one with nasty feet. Gross but true! It might not be the shoes.
  5. Place the shoes into an airtight plastic bag and leave in the freezer overnight to kill fungus and eliminate odour


  • Use protection when using these, as they might be toxic.
  • Rubbing alcohol will not kill a fungus. If you suspect fungus, try using very strong bleach.
  • Bleach may damage many kinds of materials, including leather, color and glue.
  • Rubbing alcohol which is 50% or even 70% alcohol can do the kind of damage water would do, such as swelling and hardening the materials.
  • One may get alcohol which is only 10% water at Walmart in quart containers to avoid the water damage.

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