Dancers and their art are beautiful and amazing! Unfortunately, that doesn’t protect them from the sweat that all athletes have to deal with or from dirty athletic gear. For dancers, that gear usually amounts to a substantial pile of tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop shoes (and more)! And, when they get dirty, they do not smell good. Luckily, it’s easy to solve this issue and save the noses of dance moms everywhere!

These everyday items might seem unrelated to dancing, but they can’t be a lifesaver when it comes to smelly dance shoes!

Tea Bags


To use this odor-eliminator, all you have to do is leave out used tea bags to dry. (If you're not a tea drinker, you can just soak tea bags in hot water and then lay them out.) Once they're dry, put them in the toes of your shoes and leave them overnight to absorb those dance class odors! 

Dryer Sheets


You know dryer sheets smell good, and they help keep your clothes from getting super staticky in the dryer. BUT, did you know they can get rid of that post-dance shoe funk? Just ball up dryer sheets and put them in the toes of your shoes. Leave them overnight to have fresh feet next class!

Baking Soda

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There are a few ways to use baking soda to make your dance shoes a little less funky and a lot more fresh. You can simply sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to be left overnight (make sure to dump out the baking soda in the morning). Or, you can put a small amount of baking soda in a balled up paper towel or dryer sheet to save yourself some clean up!

Keep Them Separate!


Keep your dance shoes fresh all the time (and keep them from smelling up the rest of your dance bag) by keeping them in their own smaller bag inside your dance bag. You can keep your favorite odor-eliminator in your shoe bag to always be ready to combat dance odors.