It’s normal for kids’ feet to sweat and cause their shoes to smell funky, but there are plenty of products on the market that can help neutralize them. Instead of letting your children’s cleats, sneakers and boots stink up your home, we recommend using a deodorizer. We did some research and rounded up some of the best options out there that are safe and easy to use on all kinds of shoes with different materials. Our selection includes a sweet-smelling powder, a multi-pack of sports-themed scented balls that little athletes will love and more. Better yet? You can use them too.
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1. Silly Feet Magic Shoe Deodorizer Powder
Silly Feet’s shoe powder formula features a blend of nature’s most effective mineral-based deodorizers.
Pros: It’s safe to use with a variety of materials and leaves behind a kid-friendly bubblegum scent. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.
Cons: You may need to replace this somewhat often, depending on how much you use.
2. Sof Sole Sneaker Balls
These small, round deodorizer balls are ideal for reaching and absorbing odors in tight, dark places.
Pros: They come in a variety of designs suited to different styles and interests. A quick-twist design makes them easy to activate by opening the vents to release a specially-formulated scent that smells fresh and clean.
Cons: The smell may not last for extended periods of time.
3. NonScents Shoe Deodorizer
These breathable cloth sachets containing granules of a special rock called zeolite coated with NonScents’ odor-fighting technology destroys offensive smells instead of just masking them.
Pros: They’re non-toxic and fragrance-free. Each pair can eliminate odors for up to six months.
Cons: It gets the job done, but doesn’t have heavy-hitting, fun fragrances like other children’s products.