Mary Rae Floresca| Negosentro.com
Rainy season isn’t over yet! Walking in wet shoes because of the dirty flood and puddles doesn’t only feel disgusting but also cuts back the helpful use of your shoes. Not only that, your feet may smell bad and you can catch colds. Here’s a simple guide to taking care of your shoes and feet!
1. Dry your shoes
Once you get home, stuff your shoes with crumpled newspaper or any scrap paper you have. This will immediately absorb the water, from time to time, change the stuffing inside with more papers. Do not blow dry your shoes if it is leather, it may damage the material or weaken the glue.
2. “Deodorize” your shoes
There are a few foot powders in the market that you can use for your shoes as well. If you don’t have, the best deodorizer is baking soda. Baking soda is good cleaning wonder, so as taking away the stinky odor of your shoes. Aside from this, expose your shoes under the sun to let it completely dry. Sun’s heat will also kill the germs you picked up when your dipped your feet in the flood.
3. Polish your shoes
Especially when it is leather, you should need to polish your shoes again since it got soaked in water and dirt. Wipe with clean cloth, then shoe wax, lastly, polish with shoe brush. Best if you have a shoe tree, to keep your shoes in shape, if not, just stuff it with newspaper.
Ah, this part shouldn’t be ignored, clean shoes should be worn by clean feet as well. Once you get home after the heavy rain, do these simple steps:
1. Wash your feet
This is pretty obvious but go an extra mile to soak your feet in lukewarm water with antibacterial soap for 10-15 minutes. Thought may be so tired, force yourself to clean your feet thoroughly and don’t disregard the nails to avoid further fungal infections.
2. After Wash Tip
Of course, towel dry your feet, apply foot powder or foot lotion. Or you can apply baby oil or any body oil on your feet and wear socks. That should keep you warm and to avoid catching colds. Applying oil or moisturizer to your feet will also lessen heel cracks or any calluses. You can exfoliate your feet as well to further clean and remove dead skin cells.
Lastly, take vitamin C and lemon juice to further avoid getting sick.