This Is What Happens When You Put Your Shoes In The Freezer

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Put your shoes in the freezer? You probably think we're kidding, right? We're not.

Freezing your shoes does not one, but two, amazing things.

Amazing benefit #1

The first amazing benefit of putting your shoes in the freezer . . . drum roll please . . . freezing a pair of stinky shoes will make them smell a whole lot better. 

smelly shoe


Bacteria that grows in moist environments (like shoes that have gotten damp from sweaty feet), produce unpleasant odors. Freezing your shoes actually kills the bacteria and knocks out the yucky odor.   

Of course you don't want to just throw a pair of stinky shoes in your freezer along with your food. That would be unsanitary.

Here's how to do it:

  • Pop the shoes in a plastic zip-lock bag
  • Place the shoes in the freezer for a night or two
  • Thaw them out, preferably in sunlight

That's it. Really simple. 

Amazing benefit #2

You went shopping and found the most beautiful pair of shoes. Gorgeous. You love them and must have them. There's only one glitch. They're just a tad tight. You tell yourself "no problem, they'll stretch when I wear them". So you scoop them up, pay for them and take them home. I'm sure you can guess the ending of this story. They don't stretch when you wear them. They hurt your feet like hell. You never wear them.

Here's where amazing benefit #2 comes in - you can stretch your shoes in the freezer. 


stretch shoes with ice


Who would have thought that the solution to your tight shoes lies in your freezer?  Just follow these simple steps:

  • Fill two small re-sealable plastic bags halfway with water (make sure there are no holes in the bags)
  • Place a water bag inside each of your shoes
  • Gently push the bag forward so it completely fills the toe box
  • Put shoes in the freezer overnight, or until the water is frozen
  • Remove the shoes and let them thaw for 30 minutes before removing the bags
  • Try on the shoes
  • Repeat the process if shoes are still a bit tight

Using this method, you may be able to stretch your shoes 1/2 size or even more. And please note, you may want to think twice before popping a pair of expensive shoes into the freezer.

Your turn . . .

Have you ever used your freezer to remove shoe odor or stretch your shoes? Did we leave anything out . . . are there any other benefits from putting your shoes in the freezer?

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