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How do I keep my shoe insoles from getting moldy?

Asked 2 years ago

I have a problem with excessive sweating in my feet and my insoles keep getting moldy because of it. Any experience with this? What can I do about it?

Upstep Staff

Upstep Staff

Monday, July 12, 2021

To prevent mold growth in your shoe insoles, we suggest doing the following:

  • Air your shoes out: After wearing your shoes, remove the insoles and let both the shoes and insoles dry out completely in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use moisture-wicking socks: Wearing moisture-wicking socks can help keep your feet dry and reduce the amount of moisture that accumulates in your shoes. This can be very useful if you have an active lifestyle.
  • Apply an anti-fungal spray: Applying an anti-fungal spray to your insoles can help kill any existing mold spores and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Store your shoes properly: Make sure to store your shoes in a dry and well-ventilated area when not in use. Avoid storing them in damp or humid areas, such as basements or closets without proper ventilation.
  • Apart from the above and looking for insoles for sweaty feet, it's important to buy high-quality orthotics.

Abel Austin

Friday, July 16, 2021

There are a few ways to help prevent this. You could try silica gel packs. Put these in your footwear overnight or when not in use to help absorb any dampness and odour that may be there. You could also wash the insoles in warm, soapy water and dry in the sun.

Abeera Maham

Saturday, August 07, 2021

The cause of shoe insoles going mouldy is the the ever-present fungus or microorganism that grows every day with more and more use of insoles. To clean mouldy insoles that the best and easiest way is to use vinegar. Take an equal amount of vinegar and water in a bucket, then soak the mouldy insoles in it for a few hours. Take it out and clean it with normal water. Let it dry for a day.

Willie Peterson

Friday, March 11, 2022

First, get rid of the mould from your insole using either rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or white vinegar. Otherwise, you can scrub insoles with soap and water to get them clean. Subsequently, you can use a dehumidifier or silica gel packet to prevent moulds from forming in your shoes.

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