By : HS Wong
09 June 2016
Previously, we shared some shoe hacks and how you can prolong the life of your favourite shoes by keeping them fresh, dry, and in shape. Here’s a second round of tips that might come in handy. 🙂
DIY Shoe Freshener
If you prefer using organic shoe freshener instead of the ones bought over the counter such as sprays or sachets, check out this recipe. It takes only 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to make!
– Baking soda
– Essential oil(s)
1. Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and put it in a small bowl.
2. Pour into the bowl 5 or 6 drops of essential oil.
3. Mix well (break up the clumps which may form while mixing), and you are done!
Baking soda makes a great odour absorber and now all that’s left to be done is to sprinkle some of the mixture into your shoes.
Tilt your shoes upwards and downwards repeatedly to make sure that the powder is spread across the sole evenly. Let the powder sit for a good 1 to 2 days for maximum results to keep those shoes fresh for a long time.
Leather shoes are probably one of the most high maintenance shoes out there, but that does not mean that you cannot keep them in good condition.
If you can, polish them once every 2 weeks, or at least once a month. Polishing can keep the shoes shiny and makes it waterproof to a slight extent. A friendly tip – avoid applying shoe polish along the heels as shoes have a tendency to crack on parts which flex regularly. If you lack shoe polish, you can also apply body or face lotion to make them shine while preventing dust from sticking to them.
Rubbing alcohol can help remove stains from leather – use a cotton bud and dip it into some Isopropyl alcohol and rub away! Rub until the marks and stains disappear, and then proceed to dry the solution at low heat so that it does not leave a stain on your shoes.
Be Your Own Cobbler
It always pains me when I have to throw away shoes which are damaged only at a certain area or just a little worn out. Knowing certain tricks to repair your shoes is definitely better than chucking them into the bin right away. Here are a few tried and tested tricks:
• You can remove salt stains from your shoes easily – simply combine 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts water. Dip a paper towel into the solution and rub the stains away! Once the stains are removed, use a damp cloth to remove the solution and air dry them.
• Use scraps of denim to repair the torn and ragged heel linings at the back of your sports shoes. Simply sew them on and you can still wear those shoes for a few more jogs! 🙂
• For suede shoes, it might be a little difficult to get dust off them due to the material. You can use a fingernail buffer, or any soft sanding block, to gently buff the shoes and let it retain its soft and clean look.
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