Homemade Shoe Stretch

I am about to try this, but thought I'd share it meanwhile. From what I've read here, I think I'll try dipping a laundry softener sheet into 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 water mixture. This will be thin enough to wear a while, but will also carry the stuff mentioned in other recipes here. Maybe I'm on to something?


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November 16, 20153 found this helpful

Not a good idea. There are many toxic chemicals in laundry softener sheets, a/k/a dryer sheets, and by adding alcohol and water you will make a carrier that will help those chemicals be absorbed into your skin, whether you wear the shoes at the same time, or later. Please look up toxic chemicals and dryer sheets - I'm constantly posting on Thrifty Fun against using those things, especially on one's skin, child's skin, pets' faces or fur, behind fans, etc.


Here's a link to my post from Jan 2013 about this:

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December 16, 20220 found this helpful


I have never understood this fascination with fabric softener sheets as all they are are unbiodegradable sheets impregnated with wax and perfume. In the case of stretching new shoes, dipping such into alcohol certainly sounds creative but doesn't have logic.

Off topic but fabric softener in general, is one of the nastiest creations ever! If you have ever taken apart a washing machine or dryer that's been used even for a couple of months with fabric softener you will understand exactly what I'm talking about. Not to mention the waxy buildup on your clothes that age them prematurely.


I do occasionally throw in a fabric softener sheet or fabric softener directly into the rinse water* but it's a very rare thing for me to do because I know that all it is is wax and perfume and it will foul your washer and dryer up in no time and cause your clothes to look dingy in no time and your towels to be water repellent.

* When washing actual denim jeans I will occasionally toss the sheet into the dryer or a little bit of fabric softener liquid directly into the rinse water (NOT the dispenser! It will get caked and clogged you'd be shocked) so that ironing is easier. But I NEVER use it routinely as it destroys fabric and machines.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Our local superstore has 50%, 70% and 91% rubbing alcohol.
Which one do these quantities refer to???
It seems that the different percentages of RA would require different quantities.


It would seem that different strengths would change how much you should mix.....

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

70% is the traditional 'rubbing alcohol' so I would start with that.

Good luck! Let us know how it turns out.

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