When I first started my badminton journey over 15 years ago, I quickly found that my shoes would start smelling really badly if I didn’t do anything to maintain them. And I mean it smelled REALLY bad. At that point, I was wondering to myself if I could even do anything to stop the smell!
Like many other sports, badminton can make your shoes humid and moist due to your own sweat, especially after a long and intense session. Your shoes end up becoming a home for lots of bacteria if you don’t do anything about it.
After all these years of trial and error, I found a solution that works for me to keep my shoes fresh and ready to play in at all times. With the products below, I never had issues with how my shoes smelled. Learn from my mistakes and see if this works well for you.
This first product was introduced to me by my amazing friend who gave me one of these as a small present since he had too many. I was surprised to find how easy, convenient, and fast this product was to use, as well as how effective it was. After using this once, I never looked back.
All you have to do to use Kiwi’s Force Shoe Freshener is rotate clockwise to unlock it, place it into your shoe, and pump it down gently 1 to 2 times. Repeat for your other shoe. Take it back out and rotate it counter clockwise to lock it. It’s that easy!
Here are the directions on the product itself:
“Unlock by turning the bottom part of the dispenser to the left. Place dispenser in the shoe with larger opening pointing towards the toe. Push down to spray. Lock by turning base to the right. Never point dispenser openings towards face.”
It sprays on 2 sides at once, so it’s very efficient and you don’t have to turn it around to get both the front and back ends of your shoe. One of the spray’s openings is slightly bigger than the other, which can be used to aim into the shoe for it to reach into the shoe.
Furthermore, the smell of it is quite pleasant and mild. It’s not really easy to describe the smell but it’s not odorless while also not strong.
To be transparent, the shoe freshener does come with some warnings as how to NOT use it:
“Keep away from heat and flame. Do not use while smoking. Do not puncture, incinerate or store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (48.9 C). If eye contact occurs, remove any contact lenses and flush with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, contact a physician or poison control center. Contains ethanol and hydrocarbon propellant. Keep out of reach of children.”
The second product I use religiously for my badminton shoes are Freshenbag Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer Bags by Olivia & Aiden – 1 for each shoe.
These are bags filled with bamboo charcoal that help naturally eliminate odor and moisture, which causes bacteria to grow. They’re so simple yet so effective, and they’re even easier to use than the shoe freshener above – they’re literally bags that you just put in your shoes!
While the freshener above is fast acting and an active product, the Freshenbag is passive and works over long periods of time. What I do is use the shoe freshener right after a badminton session and use the Freshenbag afterwards to let it get rid of any moisture in my shoes while I’m not playing. It’s super easy and effective.
Each of the bags weigh 75 grams (2.64 ounces). The manufacturer specified the dimensions of them to be 3 x 1.2 x 7 inches but I measured them as 2.5 x .75 x 7.5 inches. Either way, they fit into my shoes and worked really well.
The bags are supposed to last up to 2 years but I honestly think they can last longer. They still seem quite good and effective to me and I’ve been using my current ones for 3 or so years.
They suggest for you to put these bags in the sun for 2 hours a month to dry them out, but I skip this and don’t see much difference. They really don’t need much maintenance at all.
Moreover, these deodorizer bags can actually be used for things other than just shoes, such as gym bags, cars, in your closet, etc! They’re perfectly shaped to fit in shoes but are great pretty much anywhere that you want to reduce odor and moisture.
I hope that the 2 products above have helped you think more about how you want to keep your shoes nice and fresh. These were the products that work for me but I’m sure there are some other shoe products that can do nicely as well.
One other tip is to take your shoes out of your shoe bag to let your shoes air out more. Having more air circulation will increase the rate of removing moisture from your shoes.
If you ever find something even better, please let me know down below in the comments!
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