Remedy for Moist, Stinky Shoes

Does anyone know if it safe and effective to use the disposable silica gel bags (found in new shoes) to absorb sweat and odour in running shoes in between uses?


By JOFA508 from Toronto

December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Of course it is safe. The silica gel just absorbs moisture. How can it hurt anything.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

I thought it would be safe. But after doing some research, it looks like some silica is harmful if it is inhaled or injested.

The throw away on some packages scares me as well.

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September 15, 20130 found this helpful

Silica gel is perfectly safe just keep it in the little baggies. As per poison control it is practically non toxic. The warning on the baggies state "do not eat" reason they put that on there because it is not food and people have mistaken them for sugar or salt. They do very well to adsorb moisture.

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March 20, 20160 found this helpful

Refrain from eating even a few mouthfuls of this silica gel.

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March 20, 20160 found this helpful

It's safe enough, but not really effective. The silica gel is drying but not effective on smells. Baking soda sachets would work better.

The reason they put these in new shoes is because the shoes are made in countries that tend to have very high humidity, so this can help ward off mold.

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