Not Such A Good Idea?

When we moved into our new home I was pleased to see there is a quite a large storage cupboard downstairs, fitted out with lots of shelves, hooks and a hanging rail.  Ideal for a shoe and coat "room".

Our winter coats and shoes are now stored here, ready to just pop on before we go outside without taking up space in the entrance hall or having to go upstairs for them.

P stores all his running and fell shoes on the shelves, which is ideal for him as he can choose which ones to wear and put them on just before he leaves the house.  One downside to this I noticed today.   After some particularly wet and mucky runs, the inner soles of his fell shoes get wet and become extremely smelly.  I noticed this odiferous quality as soon as I opened the door just now.  

Like his father before him, P has a very poor sense of smell and just doesn't notice it at all but it nearly blew my head off when I opened the door.

I liberally applied half a bottle of Febreze spray, squirting it into the inside of every shoe.  Hopefully that should sort out the problem, at least for now.

Must put more Febreze on my shopping list.

34 comments:

  1. A garden box may be a good idea for storing Lord Peregrine's running footwear outside the house.

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  2. If you put trainers in a pillowcase you can wash them in the washing machine. The pillowcase stops them banging against the drum. Or you could take them to a clothes bank and buy Peregrine some new ones.

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    1. They're not going anywhere near the inside of my nice clean washing machine!

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    2. Why can't his lordship run barefoot like Zola Budd? Then rancid, foul-smelling, infectious running shoes would no longer be a problem.

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    3. He would if he thought it would help him run faster.

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  3. Try checking online for sneaker (trainer) deodorizer inserts -- some come in the form of little balls that you can set inside of the shoes to dry and deodorize. They are several different types. Good luck. That smell is not something one wants folks to encounter when they first step into your new home--Fell Smell.

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    1. Fell Smell... I like it! Or perhaps not 😁

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  4. We have a metal shoe rack that hangs on the wall in the laundry room which is just inside the door from the garage into the house. My son hangs his running shoes there and they dry out and don't smell up that room. I think P has to have his shoes in a more open area where he can hang them to dry. Do you have a garage? He could hang them in there maybe.

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    1. No garage but we do have a boiler room with a drying rack. I shall try to persuade him to put them there.

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  5. F has shoes like that. I've been trying to tell her... I shall stand beside her with a peg on my nose while she is reading your blog. That might get the message across.

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    1. He insists they do not smell. I shall need to order Febreze in bulk.

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  6. An even worse thought is that he puts them on again, on his presumably clean feet.

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  7. Thank heavens for Febreeze. Sounds as though you need an outside rack for his shoes. Yuck all right

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    1. He is quite pleased with his nice warm indoor shoe cupboard 🥺

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  8. It sounds like they should be aired and dried properly at the end of each run and not until then put away. Seems fairly simple to me.

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  9. I was going to recommend 'sneaker balls' but I see that Mary already has done so.

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    1. I shall have to investigate sneaker balls.

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  10. I think Febreze works on the nose rather than the shoe doesn't it?

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    1. If it covers the smell I shall be content with that.

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  11. Stuff them with newspapers then leave to air dry somewhere
    Sounds like he needs a pair a day supply so they can be rotated while drying

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    1. He has his favourite pairs, depending on the terrain. He genuinely does not think it is a problem so I think I shall just have to manage it as best I can.

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  12. I like that you are philosophical over this problem, JayCee. If you can't change it, just live with it and make adjustments.

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  13. You’re giving away all of P’s secrets !!!! Lovely to have a place for all of the coats and shoes though even though they wiff a bit ! Is your sense of smell heightened because of your deafness JayCee ? I’m not sure why it would be but don’t they say if one sense is lacking another is heightened ? Hope you don’t mind me asking that? XXXX

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    1. That's a good point, Jackie. As my eyesight is also not so great perhaps my sense of smell has taken over!
      The Fell shoes are currently on a rack in the boiler room so should dry out nicely xxx

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  14. How wonderful to have coats and footwear storage - with shelves, too! Try getting P to put baking soda in his running shoes to combat the odour. Apparently it works and it's cheap!
    xxx

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    1. Oooh, thanks for the tip Vronni. I shall definitely try that!

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  15. I can see you've already had plenty of tips for smelly trainers but here is mine. Spray the trainers with a cheap body spray. The sort you get in the supermarket for about £1. It's not the perfume but the alcohol which carries the scent that kills the bacteria which cause the terrible smell. It's always worked for us and I have an extra sensitive sense of smell. Not good when you have a house full of boys/men.

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    1. I'm willing to try anything.
      One male in the household is more than enough!

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  16. I can see shares of Febreeze will do well on the stockmarket!

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