12 January 2015

'Tis the season of smelly shoes

Our Darwin wet season rolled in late with the monsoon not arriving until New Year instead of usual Christmas.

By then we were all in various stages of mango madness and the rain was very, very welcome.

Just love, love, love our wet season storms when the rain hammers down, the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls through!

As appreciated as the cooler conditions are, they also herald the start of the annual battle against mould, smelly shoes and the inability to get things dry!

With two active triathletes in the house we are soon overtaken by soggy running and cycling shoes as we alternate a number of pairs to give them a chance to dry and air out in between training sessions. 

Regardless, we always end up needing to deal with smelly shoes.

I'm yet to find the magic cure but have found a number of hints including: 

1.  Fill clean socks with kitty litter and place inside shoes overnight

2.  Place orange peels inside shoes overnight

3.  Sprinkle fabric sheet with Tea Tree Oil / Peppermint Oil / Cinnamon Oil and insert in shoes overnight

4.  Sprinkle baking soda inside and leave overnight

5.  Lysol disinfectant spray

6.  Massage your feet with virgin Coconut Oil at night

7.  Make up a shoe spray with 1/8th cup of vodka, 1/4 cup of distilled water and an antibacterial essential oil (tree tree, eucalyptus, rosemary etc)

8.  Soak your feet in black tea

9.  Wash in vinegar

10.  Wash in hot water / don't wash in hot water

I'd be interested to know how effective these methods are if you have had this problem and tried any of those solutions.

At present we remove inner soles, then wash and hang the shoes to dry which seems to freshen them up until the next time they get wet and the smell returns.

Think I'll at least give the kitty litter a crack.

In an effort to assist drying shoes, the best $4.50 I've spent in awhile was a recent purchase of three shoe hangers which are now being fought over (at $1.50 each, why oh why didn't I buy more of these handy little gadgets?).

Smelly shoes and wet season aside, the New Year also brought some exciting news and I'm extremely chuffed at being named part of Team SOAS again in 2015.  

On the not so exciting front, a recent period of unwellness requiring a dose of antibiotics has delayed choosing a goal race and taken me right back to square one fitness AGAIN! 

So Comeback Queen Version 3 has been delayed and I'll just be on the sidelines at Challenge Melbourne in a couple of weeks.  The MOTH (man of the house) has entered Ironman 70.3 Vietnam in May, which I'll be attending in a supporting role.

Thinking I need to find that next race real soon as well as a cure for smelly shoes!

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