Eliminating Shoe, Boot & Skate Odors with ClO2
Smelly shoes can be some of the worst odors, and some of the longest lasting. In many cases, it is because if how difficult it is to wash shoes to remove the organic soils and bacteria that is behind the odor. Now, with Envirotab, there is a better, faster way to save the shoes while destroying the odor.

Remove Odors from Smelly Footwear Overnight with Chlorine Dioxide by Envirotab!

To complete this deodorization, you will simply need these components:

A Shoe Tote with Tight-Fitting Lid

Envirotab 4g chlorine dioxide tablets pack front side and backside

Envirotab 4g ClO2 Generating Tablets

A Synergy Dual-Use Dispenser

Some Clean, Clear, Warm Water

Where Does Shoe, Boot & Hockey Skate Odor Comes From?

There are several factors that contribute to the unpleasant odor that often emanates from shoes, boots, and hockey skates. One of the main causes is excessive sweating or perspiration. When we engage in physical activities or spend prolonged periods in footwear, our feet sweat as a result of increased body temperature and friction. The combination of sweat and the warm, enclosed environment inside our shoes creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria thrive in sweaty conditions and feed on the sweat, releasing foul-smelling substances as waste products.


Another cause of odor in shoes, boots, and hockey skates is the accumulation of moisture. This is often the case with construction boots and steel-toed footwear. If we wear our footwear in wet or damp conditions, it is likely that they will not dry completely before being used again. The moisture trapped in the material of the shoes can encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which produce a musty odor. Additionally, if shoes or skates are not properly dried after being exposed to water, they can develop a damp smell caused by the decomposition of organic materials within the footwear.


Furthermore, the type of material used to manufacture the footwear can also contribute to odor. Shoes and boots made from synthetic materials or those with poor breathability tend to retain moisture and trap sweat. This creates an ideal environment for the proliferation of bacteria and the subsequent development of odor. Similarly, hockey skates, often made with a combination of synthetic materials and foams, can absorb sweat and retain moisture, leading to odor issues.


Neglecting proper hygiene and not regularly cleaning and airing out shoes, boots, and hockey skates can worsen the odor issue. If not addressed promptly, the smell can become more potent over time as the bacteria, mold, and mildew continue to thrive and multiply.


Whatever the causes for odor in shoes, boots, and hockey skates: excessive sweating, moisture accumulation, the type of materials used, and insufficient hygiene practices. With minimal supplies, and in just the time it takes for you to get 40 winks, you can have fresh-smelling footwear once again! Here's the steps.

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The Steps to Odor-Free, Fresh-Smelling Shoes, Boots or Hockey Skates

Now, it must be stressed that it is exceedingly important that the material in your shoes are dry before you begin this procedure. Wet or damp shoes will become discolored in the presence of chlorine dioxide. Something that is not known to happen when fabrics or cloth materials are dry.

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