Stink Free Shoe Spray Review

2Toms Stink Free Shoe and Gear Spray
2Toms Stink Free Shoe and Gear Spray. Courtesy of Amazon

Stinky shoes happen to the best people. Stink Free Shoe and Gear Spray from 2Toms can save you from tossing your shoes when you just can't stand them anymore. To use it, spray your shoes and other gym gear, allow them to dry and then use them. Odors should be eliminated after a couple of applications.

The active ingredient is benzalkonium chloride, a disinfectant found in many household products. It attacks the bacteria that produce the foot funk and gear odors. A big advantage of Stink Free is that it doesn't add any perfumes or fragrances to your items. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to scents, you will appreciate that it is odor-free.

Features of Stink Free Shoe and Gear Odor Eliminator Spray

  • Comes in a pump bottle
  • Can be used on shoes, gym bags, and other items
  • Simply spray the items and let them dry before wearing them or using them.
  • No added fragrance


  • Some people may want to avoid the active ingredient, benzalkonium chloride.

Expert Review 

Stinky shoes and smelly gym bags can take the glamour out of workouts. Even worse, some dress-up sandals and shoes worn to work can become terribly stinky after a few hours of wear. Foot powder had been the answer for other shoes, but that doesn't work well with gym bags and sandals. Also, many other powders contain perfumes or fragrances that can set off allergies. How can you eliminate odor in those articles?

Stink Free spray from 2Toms is recommended for footwear, gloves, and gym bags. It comes in a pump spray. Simply spray on and allow to dry before using the gear. They say that already-stinky shoes may need two to three applications to completely eliminate the odor.

I gave it a try with my embarrassingly smelly sandals. After the first application and wearing them for eight hours, I detected only a slight remaining odor. I sprayed them again immediately after removing them. Wearing them again the next day, I could smell nothing when I took them off. I sprayed them again to allow to dry before the next wearing.

The active ingredient is benzalkonium chloride, a disinfectant which kills the bacteria that produce the odor. These bacteria can remain in residues in your shoes and other gear. Benzalkonium chloride is found in many household products such as disinfecting wet wipes. Some rare people may have a reaction to it and should discontinue use.

2Toms says that the spray can be used in shoes that you wear with or without socks. While I am a test case of one, my sandals smelled so bad that before I treated them with Stink Free, my husband would ask what the smell was - hours after I had taken them off. If Stink Free can save those sandals, it's worth a try on your stinky shoes.

More Ways to Keep Your Shoes From Smelling

If you want to fight the funk but you'd rather avoid spraying disinfectant into your shoes, you should learn additional solutions to combat the odor problem.

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