Shoes are an integral part of our lives whether we like it or not. Apart from when we’re at home and wearing slippers probably, as soon as we step out, we thrown on our favorite pair of shoes of course. So, shoe hacks are something I’m sure everyone will definitely be interested to know and we’re here to tell you what they are! Here are some shoe hacks that you must know!
10 Shoe Hacks You Must Know:
1. Get rid of shoe odour
Shoes get smelly after wearing them for a while and that’s no secret. Especially those you wear too often or those you wear for a workout.
But here’s what you can do to get rid of the bad odour – simply stuff your shoes with tea bags or the peels of any citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemon peels etc., and leave them in there overnight.
2. Clean your shoes with baking soda
When you just buy your shoes, I’m sure most of you make an effort to keep them super clean. But after a point, you just get tired of it and your shoes begin to get dirty and you couldn’t be too bothered because they’re “old” anyways.
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and ½ tablespoon of warm water until it forms a thin paste. Using an old toothbrush scrub the paste into the shoes and leave it on for an hour before you wash it off or throw them into the washing machine and dryer and they’ll be as good as new!
3. Use sandpaper to make your worn out shoe soles anti-slippery
After using your shoes for a while, the soles do wear out and they could turn rather slippery. Well, all you need to do is nicely rub some sandpaper over the worn out parts of your soles and they’ll turn anti-skid in no time.
4. Loosen shoes that are tight
Getting shoe bites when you just wear your new shoes until you break into them are one of the worst things ever, undoubtedly!
But here’s what you can do to loosen tight shoes – well, you can blow them using a blowdryer on the highest heat setting and this can help loosen your tight shoes. Put on a pair of thick socks and fasten the shoes comfortably. Now try applying a hair dryer for 20 to 30 seconds at a time to the tight areas.
5. Dry wet shoes using a newspaper
Drying wet shoes can really take a long time, say anywhere between 8 to 10 hours. So, you could simply stuff your shoes with balls of old crushed up newspaper, so that they can absorb the moisture and it will help dry your shoes faster!
6. Make your leather shoes last longer with coconut oil
Leather shoes can be quite hard to maintain, especially if you live in humid climates or if you do not use them often. Well, you could take some coconut oil on a cotton swab and rub it lightly over your leather shoes. This will help prolong the life of your leather shoes.
7. Save on shoe storage space to fit more shoes
Shoes can take up a lot of space and it is hard to fit all your shoes into one shoe drawer, especially if you do have a lot of pairs. Well, what you can do to save on shoe storage space and fit more shoes is to place your shoes in alternating directions.
Another tip is to store your shoes in a shoe tray under your beds or under furniture that have space underneath it and you can save yourself from buying an additional shoe drawer/shoe stand.
8. Erase stains from your shoes
Repeated usage of the shoes can lead to shoe staining and I’m sure that when your favorite pair of shoes get stained, it really breaks your heart. Well, you can simply dab on some white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide with a little bit of water and it can help get rid of those stains within no time.
You can also enlist the help of a light sandpaper, a nail file or even some steel wool for really dark scratches and scuffs from suede.
9. Prevent blisters or shoe bites
Rub some oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or castor oil, on the inner fold of your shoes for a few days before wearing them.
10. Remove water marks on leather
If a water spot does not come out, then mix 50/50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar. Dip a cloth and rub it on the water mark. . After using that solution, follow it with a leather conditioner or shoe polish.
11. Shine your shoes
Vaseline can easily shine your shoes . All you need to do is to take it a scoop of it, and rub it all over the shoe.
12. Waterpoof shoes
Beeswax is a natural and effective method to waterproof shoes. To apply, gently rub the beeswax onto the shoe’s surface until it melts. Make sure you have complete coverage, paying attention to seams and creases. Next, use a hairdryer to help distribute the wax evenly and absorb excess. Let it cool and your shoes are ready to use.