Tip & How-To about Water Sport
Water shoes are great for taking hikes and having fun in the water but they can also be breeding grounds for fungus and bacteria that if they are not cleaned and dried properly after use will cause them to start to smell really bad. Luckily cleaning most water shoes is really easy and only require things that you probably already have in your kitchen.
What you are going to need is a clean sink, some soap (can be hand soap or dish soap), baking soda, and a sponge.
Start by loosening the straps on your water shoes if they have them, then place the shoes in the sink. Fill the sink with warm water and add in a tablespoon of soap. Then add half a cup of baking soda to the water.
Take your sponge, get it a little wet and sprinkle it with a teaspoon of baking soda. Use the sponge to scrub the shoes both inside and out. Once they are all scrubbed let the shoes soak in the soapy water for about half an hour.
After half an hour come back and let the water dair out of the sink, then rinse off the shoes with warm water inside and out making sure all the soap is gone.
Using a towel dry the shoes and make sure that there is no more moisture before putting them away. If there is still an odor sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on them overnight, then in the morning rinse and dry them again.
Make sure that you wash and dry your water shoes after every use to keep them from smelling. You can also use activated charcoal disks to prevent odor by putting a disk in your shoes over night.
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