My summer sandals were looking rough and stank so I gave them a makeover – and all you need is a 5p magic ingredient | The Sun

My summer sandals were looking rough and stank so I gave them a makeover – and all you need is a 5p magic ingredient | The Sun


A WOMAN has gone viral after revealing a genius hack which makes your summer sandals look brand new – and it gets rid of the smell too.

For most fashionistas, summer also means the annual return of sandals and the comfortable Birkenstocks.

But if you're anything like us and rock the iconic shoes on an almost daily basis, you will have noticed they might be looking a bit rough – and don't even get us started on the unpleasant smell lingering around.

Luckily, there is no need to bin them and spend money on a new pair, as one whizz has revealed how a common kitchen item staple can bring the sandals back to life.

The best part? Not only is it cheap and easy, but it also totally works!

The guru, who goes by @walkritepg on TikTok, shared the hack on social media, where it's gone viral.

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''I've had a lot of you asking how you can clean your Birks for the smellcoming from your insoles,'' said the British Colombia-based whizz.

''So today you're going to need some baking soda and just a little bit of water – you want to make a paste with it.''

Once you've created the magic mixture and have opened the straps, use an old toothbrush to scrub the white paste on the insole.

''You just want to scrub it in a circular motion and add more as we go.''

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Then let the baking soda-water mix sit there for a while – for extra smelly shoes, you can leave this for 24 hours – and remove it with a clean cloth.

''As the baking soda dries, it will be even easier to get [it] out.''

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Sharing the trick, the expert also warned: ''Do not run them under water to clean, do not leave them in direct sunlight to dry and do no put them in the dryer.

''You want to put these somewhere inside to dry.''

If you come back and find the shoes are still smelly, you can repeat the process.

To restore the suede, the savvy guru recommended using a sandpaper or a suede brush – this step is optional.

''Or you can leave as is, if you prefer.''

Impressed, the viewers took it to comments to thank the guru.

''Wow I’m going to try this big improvement,'' one fan said.

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Another penned: ''That is awesome!!! Thanks so much.''

A third agreed: ''I wish I had saw your videos before…I have thrown out so many pairs because then soles get dirty and stinky. Had no idea you could do that. Thanks [heart eyes emoji].''

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