Quick Back to School Cleaning and Organizing

How to eliminate odor of your boots

First off, prevention is better than cure, so stop the odor from developing at all, rather than removing it after it has developed. Kill the odor bacteria and don’t let it thrive. Moisture and warmth are their best friend, so eliminating them is winning half the battle.
Now, throw all your non-cotton socks away. Always wear your boots with socks and change the socks daily. This is very important!
Last, but not the least – make sure you purchase only good high-quality work boots. Any compromise on that will cost you a lot. Cheap materials are usually used to make cheap shoes. Cheap materials simply do not cut it when it comes to eliminating odor. Cheap materials in boots usually make feet sweat more. Sure that helps fungus and bacteria spread freely, and your feet start stinking.

walking in stinky shoes
For any fungus related smell on your feet, consult your doctor. He/she would prescribe you the best medicine to treat your feet. In the meantime, start developing good habits when it comes to wearing and caring for your work boots properly.

  •  Buy quality work boots. It’s worth it. When you are spending 8 hours a day, 5-6 days/week in your boots, you deserve the treat your feel well. It is more than just a matter of eliminating odor, it is a matter of comfort.
  • Get a second pair. Strange as it may seem at first, getting a second pair of boots, would definitely prolong the life of both pairs. Rotate them daily. Give the boots the time to dry (dry them on the porch in the summer or use a boot dryer in the winter/. Clean them every day. And your feet would feel much better.
  • There are a number of ways to get the smell out of your boots, let’s look into them more closely:Throw them in the freezer – although it seems quite popular, I can tell you from first –hand experience that this freezer trick don’t work
clean the boots everyday

clean the boots everyday

  1. I’ve put all my boots in the freezer not once but twice without any effect. This one is also not hygienic at all – after all you store food in the freezer, don’t you? Verdict: don’t work
  2. Make shoes inserts from socks (non-smelly ones!) Fill the socks with baking soda, stick the openings and attach some strings, so they can be easily removed! At night put the inserts in your boots for easy home-made odor removal. In the morning your shoes and boots would be good to go. Our verdict: Good enough
  3. Using antiperspirants. Verdict: Kind of works. Temporarily
  4. Spay with rubbing alcohol mixture, let dry overnight. By far this is the most efficient solution that works. Mix rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) with water in 1:1 solution. Spray a couple of times into your boots, let dry. Your shoes would smell really fresh in the morning and would have dries completely. Also take care of your feet – wash them every time you get home and rub some alcohol in them. That is it. Say goodbye to smelly feet. Verdict: Our preferred solution

Quick Back to School Cleaning and Organizing

Now when the summer is almost over, we need to think about our little ones and their adjustment for the school days. To make this transition easier, we as parent need to clean and organize their items so they can get back to school fresh. Why do we need to start now, you may ask. Well, everyone and his dog is doing it already – there are only two weeks before the school starts.

school dog

First things first – see what fits and dispose of the other items

Check the backpacks carefully. It you deem they are good, quickly clean them with a damp microfiber towel. Rub well the dirty areas. If you really need to, use some mild soap to remove the stains. Some backpacks are machine washable – if yours is, put it in some old pillow case and throw it in the washing machine. It will be as good as new soon after that.

Children clothes and uniforms – much like the previous point. Check what fits and is in good condition, then dispose of the other clothes. You don’t want to stock them, as they occupy too much of our valuable space.

Get through the school supplies from the last year
Pencils, notebooks, pens, rubbers and sharpeners. Check their conditions, and only buy items you don’t already have. You will see that you will save quite a lot simply reusing some of the last year’s supplies.


Phones, tablets, laptops
Well, that’s strange, you might thing. You don’t think often of cleaning those items, do you? The fact is, your cell phone is 300 times dirtier than a public toilet! Don’t let the bacteria got on your child. To remove bacteria, mix equal parts of distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol. Give the electronics a good wiping.

Dress and athletic shoes
Much like the clothing, shoes are expensive. To get the most of them, try to thoroughly clean them – wash in the washing machine anything you deem suitable from the athletic shoes. To make sure you won’t ruin them, just insert them in an old pillow case. Hand wash with a brush and mild soap the rest of the shoes. Don’t forget the inserts too – they are often forgotten part of the shoes. Rub them well. Then get everything out to dry on the sun.

Thoroughly clean your child’s locker
Lockers are prone to bad smells only few weeks after their owners are on vacation. It smells bad. Clean the locker either with automatized wet wipes or with the mixture we made for cleaning the backpack. It will smell much better. During the school year make sure you check it weekly for any left-over food.

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Well, that is all. Get off to a great start, people!