Sweaty feet are the reason for smelly socks. If taking off your shoes at a friend’s house or shoe shopping is embarrassing and you’re desperate for a solution, keep reading for the best way to remove odor from your socks.
One simple method to removing sock odors is to soak them in baking soda. Let your socks sit in water and baking soda for a couple hours. Then put them in the washing machine and wash as normal. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, and in most cases will rid clothing of its malodors. Dry thoroughly, and if possible, in the sun. Hanging any laundry to dry in the sun will help remove mildew, leaving you with fresh-smelling socks. Another simple method is to add white vinegar to the wash. Fill a bathroom sink with lukewarm water and 1 cup of white vinegar plus 1 tablespoon of salt. Add your socks and swish around for a minute. Allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain the sink, press out most of the water, but do not rinse. Place item(s) in sun for several hours, until dry. Then wash your socks in warm, soapy water and rinse very thoroughly. Repeat the rinse cycle. Be sure to wash them with bleach-free detergent. Combining bleach and vinegar will create toxic fumes that are hazardous to your health. Dry thoroughly, and if possible, in the sun. Hanging any laundry to dry in the sun will help remove mildew, leaving you with a fresh-smelling socks.
Washing and drying accounts for two thirds of the environmental impact of a product. Built-in odor control or antimicrobial technology eliminates odors on socks so they will not need to be washed as often. Less washing and drying means saving money and helping the environment.