Deodorizing Sneaker Balls




This Instructable describes a very simple idea, and I'm sure you could figure it out how to make a pair of your own sneaker balls without reading, but what the hey... here it is anyway!

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Step 1: Acquire Materials

You'll only need a couple things to make a pair of the deodorizers:

1) two plastic containers from the inside of a Kinder Surprise Egg (or whatever else you have lying around that you can poke holes in, fits in your shoes, and can open/close)

2) a couple spoonfuls of baking soda

3) two tea bags

4) two small safety pins (or staples)

5) a thumb tack

Right... onto the construction!

Step 2: Fill the Tea Bags

The tea bags are a convenient way of housing the baking soda without having it leak all over the place. Take your tea bag and open it up. I used a round one, so I cut a small hole in mine. Otherwise, just take out the staple. Remove the loose leaves. You might as well get some hot water going and steep them while you complete the remaining steps.

If you need, grab a funnel and fill up the now empty bag with baking soda. The baking soda is the active ingredient and soaks up the nasty odours from your shoes. You can also add other scents by adding them with the baking soda. I just went went with baking soda because my philosophy is that the only thing worse than the smell of sweat in a locker room is the noxious mixture of Axe AND the smell of sweat in a locker room :P Same goes for my shoes.

When you're all done filling it, you need to close the bag back up. I used a small safety pin to close it , but you could just staple it back together.

Step 3: Make Holes!

Grab your thumb tack and Kinder Surprise container and start making holes so air can get in and out. I only poked a couple because my hand started hurting, although you could probably poke some really neat patterns or decorate it however you like.

And of course, be careful to not poke yourself.

Step 4: Assemble

Now just put it all together. Stick the baking soda tea bag into the container, close it up, place one in each shoe, and enjoy your now less stinky shoes!

You'll have to change the baking soda every so often to maintain the freshness, but that shouldn't be a problem because you can just pop open the Kinder Surprise containers and change out the tea bag.

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    10 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    My fiancee and I are avid rock climbers and any climber will tell you that the smell of sweaty leather or synthetic shoes mixed with climbing chalk and rubber makes a pretty strong scent after short use. I made these for our gear bags and for our shoes. (FYI, climbing shoes are not usually warn with socks do to the necessity of a very snug fit... unless they are being rented). They work well in the bags. We spray our shoes with an anti-fungal foot spray as well and that's been our solution up til now.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    another good tip for the stinky climbing shoes is to put them in a plastic bag and freeze them for 24 hours. generally kills any lingering stinky bacteria/fungus.


    8 years ago on Step 4

    I can't agree more! LOL! Thanks!


    8 years ago on Step 3

    Nice! Sometimes when I choose to make holes in plastic surfaces or objects, I like to use a hot item, like a red hot pin (or thin nail, heated until red) held by pliers and it does the job fine, allowing me to make precise incisions or perforations according to the previously laden design on the piece. Would that be useful here, perhaps? Thank you for sharing. I like your contributions.


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Great Idea. Thanks alot, my kids shoes won't come to life again :)


    10 years ago on Step 1

    ooh!!! I LOVE Kinder eggs! im sure to have many cases laying around!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    The funky feet smell is cause by an excessive build up of bacteria usually from excessive moisture and poor hygiene.Using cotton socks, washing your feet with antiseptic soap, having more than one pair of shoes so they have time to dry and antibacterial shoe spray (Fresh Step) helps. But, If your shoes get that smelly that you need to use these things then I suggest you see a podiatrist or a doctor.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'd say it's just the excessive moisture part. I made these only for my gym shoes, which get shoved in a bag after a workout and don't come out until I get home later that night.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    That time in which they are sealed up and damp is when the bacteria are growing and making the stink. Personally I just buy shoes that are made to handle wet environments and run em through the wash whenever they get too bad.