15 Ways to Get Rid of Work Boot Smell FAST

Get Rid of Work Boot SmellIf you are a boot lover, you might be aware of the other frustrating issue associated with it…

Yes, you guessed it right…

It’s the disgusting odor from your favorite boots!

It’s an inevitable situation that you ought to fall in once you return home after a daylong work.

You can’t open your boots without letting out the odious smell.


In this article we are going to discuss about the 15 quick ways to eliminate work boot odor and causes of bad odor from your boots…

Not only that…

We have found out some very useful hacks to fight against the odor causing agents.

So, here we go…

15 Ways to Get Rid of Work Boot Smell

1.) Change your Socks more Often:

Change your Socks more Often

Try NOT to wear the same socks the next day. Once you take out your socks, wash it with detergent powder and dry it under sun. This will control the smell in your feet and your boots too. Wearing the same socks day after day creates a foul smell inside your boots. So, the more often you will change your socks the fresher your boots will smell.

2.) Allow your Boots to Dry Completely Everyday:

Using-Hair-Dryer on boots

Due to the sweat from your feet, the inside of the boots get wet every day. It is very essential to dry your boots completely after you come home. Leave your boots under the fan or blow a hair dryer inside it. You can also take out the insole and dry it separately.

3.) Keep your Feet Clean and Fresh:

Keep your Feet Clean and Fresh

While you take care of your body while bath by applying soap and treat your underarms with a deodorant, likewise do the same with your feet. Wash your feet every day with soap and apply a deodorant before wearing socks and boots. This will prevent the formation of sweat in the feet and as a result your boots will be dry too.

4.) Buy the boots which are Sweat Proof that is which are well Perforated to allow Ventilation:

Best Work Boots for Sweaty Feet

It is very important to get the right pair of boots. Always choose the ones which allow circulation of air inside the boots. If there will be air flow inside, it will not make your feet sweat and as a result your boots won’t smell too.

5.) Choose Moisture Wicking Socks:

Moisture Wicking Socks

There are a numerous socks available in the markets which are made of moisture wicking fabrics like merino wool and cotton. These socks are capable of absorbing sweat produced by the feet thus keeping your boots dry.

6.) Use Foot Soak to keep your Feet Odor Free:


Add 2-3 spoons of foot soak in water and stir well. Then dip your feet in the mixture. Foot soak is thus formulated for killing fungus, bacteria and foot odor.

7.) Baking soda works wonders in Eliminating the smell from the boots:

Baking soda works wonders in Eliminating the smell from the bootsBut, you need to follow certain steps:

      • Take a handful amount of baking soda and pour it in a pair of socks.
      • Insert the socks inside your boots and leave overnight.
      • Your boots will be odor free the next morning.

You can also pour the baking soda directly inside your boots for immediate effect. But then it becomes hard to take off the powder from inside the boots.

8.) Use Essential oil to kill the Smell:

Use Essential oil to kill the Smell

Pour some drops of essential oil inside your boots before you wear it and also after you wear them off. Essential oil works as deodorizer for the boots and avoid the smell from building up inside your boots.

9.) Insert Teabags Inside your Boots:

Insert Teabags Inside your Boots

Teabags are capable of killing the bacteria that cause the odor in the boots. All you need to do is just once you finish your cup of tea; insert the teabags inside the boots. Don’t for get to dry your boots afterwards with a hairdryer.

10.) A Lemonade Spray Might be a Great Idea to Kill the Smell:

To make this lemonade just follow the steps below:

      • A Lemonade Spray Might be a Great Idea to Kill the SmellSqueeze a lemon in a glass of water.
      • Add the peels as well inside the glass.
      • Add some essential oil drops.
      • Add 2 tablespoon of vinegar.
      • Pour the mixture in a spray bottle.
      • Spray it inside your boots.
      • Leave in for 2-3 hours.
      • Dry with a hair dryer.
      • The smell as well as the bacteria causing smell gets killed in the process.

11.) Add Dryer Sheets Inside your Boots:

Dryer Sheets Inside your Boots

There are plenty of them available in the market. Get some dryer sheets and insert them in the boots. Sprinkle some talcum powder on the dryer sheets. Now wear your boots. Dryer sheets absorb sweat and prevent the smell build up inside your boots. Don’t forget to take them out and change them before you wear your boots again.

12.) Choose the Boots which have Non-metal Safety Toes:

Boots which have Non-metal Safety Toes

New generation work boots are made of non-metal safety toes. They do not conduct heat and therefore your feet don’t get heated up or sweaty.

13.) Buy a Boot Dryer:

Buy a Boot Dryer

Boot Dryer dries the boots very fast and thus does not let the smell settle inside the boots.

14.) Store the Boots in the Right Place:

Once you wear your boots off, it is very essential to store them in well ventilated, lighted and airy spaces because odor causing bacteria thrive in dark and damp place.

15.) Clean your Boots on Weekends:

There are a number of ways to clean your boots with house hold items.

What Causes the Smell in Work Boots?

Most of the work boots have thick lining and cushioned insoles. Though these features keep your feet warm and comfortable in winters, they might be the cause of discomfort and sweat in summers due to heating up. Our feet have numerous sweat glands. This sweat when gets clogged in the pores of the toes and feet cause the bad odor over time. 

Other than that there are some other few causes behind the bad odor which I am going to illustrate below for you:

1.) The Boots which are Waterproof cause the Feet to Emit bad Odor:

The simple logic is being waterproof means not letting in moisture or water to get in and when moisture can’t get in, it can’t get out either. In other words, when the boots are waterproof, they don’t allow the sweat from your feet to evaporate out and the sweat being locked inside the boot after a while start emitting the bad odor.

2.) The Thick Insoles also Cause the Odor:

Thick Insoles

While on the one hand, the thick insoles provide comfort to your feet, on the other hand they too make your feet warm after certain duration of time. This heat is the cause of the sweat and hence the bad odor from your feet.

3.) The Leather gets Heated up and Cause Sweat:

Most of the boots are made of leather and leather has a tendency to get heated up under the sun. So, when the boots get heated up naturally your feet too feel the heat and begin to sweat.

4.) The Thick Socks also Heat up your Feet:

Thick Socks

Most people use thick socks inside their boots to keep their feet comfortable. But thick socks ultimately heat up the feet and make it sweat profusely. In this condition, not only your feet but the socks too emit odious odor.

5.) Steel toe boots do not have the Ability to Ventilate:

Steel is an ideal conductor of heat or cold. There by conducting heat to your feet, the steel toes even worse odor than any other types of boots.

Before we say Good Bye!

So, by now you know that to get rid of the smell from your work boots, it is equally important to keep your feet clean and follow some daily hygiene routine.

The boots itself don’t sweat, it’s your feet that sweat and cause the smell.

Treat your feet well and your boots will smile too.

Do let us know in the comment section below which hacks you have already tried and which proved to be the most useful.