Baking Soda, a Helpful Household Item for Runners

Running has always been on the side of the spectrum of affordable exercise. If you have enough money to follow the recommendation of changing out your running shoes every 300-500 miles, then great, your chances of injury, and running in foul smelling shoes are far less. Some runners, however, expand this recommended timeline a little further, which causes their running shoes to not look, or smell very appealing.

There are many ways to get rid of the odor, or mask the odor in your shoes, while they sit in the closet until your next run. One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to mask the odor is with baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate.

Baking soda is inexpensive and offers numerous benefits besides deodorizing. It can also be used as a household cleaner.

Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes, and let them sit overnight so the baking soda has time to absorb the odor. Dump any remnants into the trash.

Deodorizing odors from you shoes is just one benefit of using baking soda. You can also keep an open box in your refrigerator for 30 days to limit the odor of food.

 

Another way baking soda can help runners is through ingestion. An article by Runner’s World says it helps with muscle pain and fatigue. The Run and Become shoe retailer posted an article about dissolving half a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to enhance a runner’s endurance and speed.

It is recommended to only use half a teaspoon at a time.
Stir in the baking soda and make sure it is dissolved before ingesting.

For a runner who enjoys the less expensive side of the spectrum, using baking soda to help rid your shoes of odor or your muscles of aches and pains are worth considering.

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